Honors Program Logo: Owl with MortarboardHONORS PROGRAM

Illinois Valley Community College






IVCC is proud to offer an Honors Program designed for and by our students! Our program offers many benefits: tuition waivers, specialized classes, smaller class sizes, personalized career/education guidance, distinction on transcripts, and much, much more.


To find about the program, please peruse the links to the left, or contact Director Adam Oldaker by phone at (815) 224-0326, by email at adam_oldaker@ivcc.edu, or by office visit in A-317. You can also visit the Honors Program Handbook.

Application Information

Students who would like to be considered for admission to the IVCC Honors Program can apply at any time. However, the application deadline for spring 2019 admission is Thursday, January 24. To find out how to apply, please click here.

Honors Program Publication by IVCC President

Special congratulations are due to IVCC President Jerry Corcoran, who recently had an article about our Honors Program published in the peer-reviewed periodical Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council. You can read his article, which he worked on with Director Adam Oldaker, by clicking on this link.

Honoring Our Own: 21st Century Scholars Society Awards

The Honors Team is happy to announce that many of our students were named to the prestigious 21st Century Scholars Society at IVCC. This is one of our highest recognitions at the college. Here are the 2018 winners from our Honors Program:

21st Century Scholars Society Winner: Lillian Rodrigues

21st Century Scholars Society Merit Award Winners: Lauren Giordano, Jenna Pubentz, and Connor Whitten

Congratulations to Lillian, Lauren, Jenna, and Connor!

Honoring Our Own: Honors Program Awards

The Honors Team is thrilled to recognize second-year members who achieved outstanding recognitions. Here are the most recent winners of our highly competitive Honors Program awards:

Award for Leadership: Lauren Giordano, Akari Oya, and Matthew Pehoski

Award for Community Involvement: Nicholas Needs, Akari Oya, and Emily Sampo

Award for Experiential Learning: Jacob A. Hall and Rion Schulz

Congratulations to Akari, Matthew, Nicholas, Jacob, and Rion for their accomplishments during the 2017-2018 academic year!

Honoring Our Own: Transfer Students

Congratulations to all of our graduates transferring to four-year institutions. Over the last few years, our honors students have transferred to Johns Hopkins University, Washington University in St. Louis, Emerson College, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Lewis University, Trine University, Eureka College, Northern Illinois University, and more. Well done!

Honoring Our Own: Jacob A. Hall & Matthew Pehoski

Congratulations to Jacob A. Hall, the 2018 recipient of the William and Dian Taylor STEM Award to Northern Illinois University and two-time presenter at the Honors Council of the Illinois Region Student Spring Symposium.

Congratulations are also due to Matthew Pehoski, the 2018 recipient of the William and Dian Taylor Accountancy Award to Northern Illinois University. This scholarship will cover full tuition and fees for his junior year and is renewable for his senior year.

Best wishes to Jacob and Matthew as they continue their studies. We'll miss you!