Seeking high-achieving students for college access program!

The Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program (GLP), a department within the office of Student Access, Success, and Diversity Initiatives, is celebrating a strong year of leadership development, academic enrichment and professional mentorship. Throughout the last year, GLP Scholars across the Chicago area were supported through the college application process, attended job shadow events, and served their communities through ‘Community Innovation Projects’. The application is now open for current sophomores and GLP would love to share this information with talented, motivated high school sophomores and their families! (Nominate a student here!) Read more about past program participants here.

About the Program

The Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program (GLP):

  • empowers Chicago’s young innovators and supports their path to higher education
  • aims to be catalyst for Chicago’s talented youth as they hone their unique leadership abilities and take steps towards college and career
  • is a selective program, admitting students during their sophomore year for participation throughout their junior and senior years
  • serves over 100 total high school juniors and seniors each year

Scholars spend their time at GLP developing leadership skills, learning about STEM pathways, and receive extensive support through the college admission and financial aid process. For current Chicago-area sophomores interested in the Global Leaders Program, the application to become a scholar is now LIVE.

To share the opportunity of GLP with more Chicago-area high school students, educators and community members are all encouraged to nominate one or more students that they feel would be a strong fit for the program. To nominate a student, please complete this form:, and your nominees will receive a personalized invitation to apply.

Photos: Community Innovation Project groups with their mentors


GLP Receives the Gold Star Mentoring Program Award

The GLP Community Innovation (CI) Project mentorship program matches small teams of GLP Scholars, Chicago-area high school students, with adult professional and undergraduate student Project Mentors. Project Mentors support GLP Scholars as they move through the design thinking process and work to implement solutions to social problems in their community. In January 2018, the program was recognized with the Gold Star Mentoring Award for its work with the Community Innovation Project’s mentorship model.

The Gold Star Mentoring Program Award is part of MENTOR Illinois’ commitment to high quality mentoring. Following a comprehensive evaluation, Mentor Illinois recognizes those Illinois-based mentoring programs meeting or exceeding best practices across six program areas, as established by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, in cooperation with the nation’s foremost authorities on mentoring. (Learn more about the Illinois Mentoring Partnership here.)

GLP’s mentors have demonstrated their dedication to the success of scholars and have provided invaluable guidance in the last year. The Gold Star Mentoring Program Award reflects the strength of the GLP mentoring program and its unique support of scholars throughout the high school experience.


Interested in getting involved or learning more?

Reach out to Megan Wadin, GLP’s Community Development Specialist and Americorps VISTA at

Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program Recruiting High School Students for Award-Winning Program
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