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Illinois 4-H is proud to offer this hi-fidelity college exploratory experience on the University of Illinois campus. Participants attend academy sessions led by university professors and enjoy a variety of engaging activities that provide a taste of just how cool college life can be. Imagine getting to work alongside university professors while you’re still in HIGH SCHOOL! Imagine getting to hang out on a college campus. Imagine spending five days with kids your age from all across Illinois. That’s what happens at Illini Summer Academies, so stop imagining it and just do it! This program offers teens the opportunity to explore the University of Illinois campus and many degree programs and careers. Illini Summer Academies is supported through the Illinois 4-H Foundation and intended to serve youth living in Illinois. A limited number of registration slots are available to youth living outside Illinois.

Details

  • Check in runs from 4 to 6 PM Sunday, June 23. 
  • The conference is open to youth who have completed eighth grade by June and will be at least 14 by Sept. 1, 2019
  • You’ll stay in Bousfield Hall, 1214 South First Street, Champaign
  • Your cost varies depending on which Academy you choose from the list below. Payment by credit card is required at the time of registration.

Check back after February 1 for the 2019 Conference Details

2018 Scholarships

The Illinois 4-H Foundation and its donors support the conference and provide a limited number of Trail Blazers Scholarship for each Academy in order to make college exploratory experiences accessible to all youth. Preference is given to youth who are under-represented in certain career fields and who may find the cost of attendance to exploratory programs a significant challenge.

TO APPLY & REGISTER FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP, CLICK HERE. Do not register through the button on the right.

This scholarship is available to scholars who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • The participant is a member of a group that is under-represented in the industry of their chosen academy such as women who are under-represented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields and men who are under-represented in Human Development fields
  • The participant would be the first among their immediate family members to earn a degree from a 4-year college or university
  • The participant can demonstrate financial need based on household income and the number of members in the household.

2019 Academies

All academies feature project-based learning where youth are either conducting experiments, making something, or discovering some aspect of the world few people ever get to see. It wouldn't be college without lots of time for socializing, meeting new friends, and exploring campus. So far, these are the Academies for 2019. 

  1. Honeybees and beekeeping
  2. Veterinary Medicine
  3. Animal Sciences
  4. Aerospace Engineering Academy
  5. Electrical & Computer Engineering
  6. Molecular and Cellular Biology
  7. Telling Stories About Ag and the Environment – Ag Communications
  8. Exploring Human Development & Family Studies
  9. Grand Challenges in Family Science
  10. Companion Animal Nutrition and Pet Food Manufacturing Academy
  11. Game Design: Digital Art, Storytelling and Fabrication
  12. Theater Arts: African Dance
  13. Theater Arts: Fashion & Design
  14. Anthropology
  15. Agricultural Engineering – NEW
  16. Ag & Natural Resources - NEW
  17. Food Science and Human Nutrition - NEW

Cancellations

Cancellations & Refunds must be sent in writing to us @ illinois4H@illinois.edu. Requests received before April 1 will receive a full refund. Requests received from April 1 to May 1 will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be permitted after May 1. 

Eligibility

Illini Summer Academies is open to any Illinois youth who will be at least 14 years of age and not yet 19 by Sept. 1, 2019 AND has completed eighth grade by the time of the conference. This is a live-in conference, and youth stay in college dorms throughout the conference. Youth are not allowed to commute in for daytime activities.

Scholarship

We offer the Trail Blazers Scholarship to make college exploratory experiences accessible to all youth by encouraging participation of scholars who are under-represented in certain career fields and who may find the cost of attendance to exploratory programs a significant challenge. TO APPLY: CLICK HERE and REGISTER. Do not register through the button on the right.

This scholarship is available to scholars who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • The scholar is a member of a group that is under-represented in the industry of their chosen academy such as women who are under-represented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields and men who are under-represented in Human development fields
  • The scholar would be the first among their immediate family members to earn a degree from a 4yr college or university
  • The scholar can demonstrate financial need based on household income and the number of members in the household.

Contact for More Information:

University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development Specialist
Alvarez Dixon
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Event Information

Jun 23, 2019 to Jun 29, 2019
Bousfield Hall
1214 South First Street
Champaign
Illinois
Cost varies with your selection of Academy. You will be required to make full payment at the time of registration. Scholarship applicants must use a separate registration link.