Requirements for Current James Scholars

Note About Requirements for the 2020-2021 Year

Ordinarily, each academic year, all Gies College of Business James Scholars are required to maintain at 3.5 minimum Illinois semesterly GPA and successfully complete at least 12 graded credit hours per semester, and sophomore, junior, and senior James Scholars must complete 20 hours of service OR participate in an approved Gies College of Business activity (such as Peer Advising or study abroad). However, Gies Business Honors Programs recognizes the ongoing impact the COVID-19 pandemic would have upon students’ ability to complete these requirements this year.

As a result, we are suspending ALL James Scholar requirements for the 2020-2021 academic year. You do not have to earn a specific GPA, take a minimum number of credit hours, or complete certain activities to remain a James Scholar for this academic year. This means that we will not be completing eligibility checks at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters and all James Scholars will maintain their status going into next fall. We plan to resume the standard requirements for the 2021-2022 academic year.

If you have any questions, please contact Honors Coordinator Kate Patterson at