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Science Olympiad National Tournament

Tuition Waivers

May 18, 2010


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is pleased to host the 26th annual Science Olympiad National Tournament, May 20-22, and to announce a new tuition waiver program to reward the winners.

Some 3,000 middle and high school students, representing more than 120 championship teams from across the country, will come to Urbana to compete in more than three dozen events, such as bridge building, computing, chemistry and astronomy.

High school gold medalists (1, 3) and team champions (2, 3) in those events who gain admission to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be awarded four-year undergraduate tuition waivers. 

The program also offers rewards to middle school gold medalists (1) and team champions (2).  If they ultimately apply and are admitted to the Urbana campus, they will receive a $2,000 annual partial tuition waiver for each of their four years as undergraduates.

As reflected in its selection as host of this outstanding event, Illinois is one of the pre-eminent science and technology institutions in the world, training the best and the brightest students. The winners of this national competition will have shown themselves to be outstanding students – the kind whose curiosity, creativity and energy foster and promote the cutting-edge work for which this campus is known.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign salutes the Science Olympiad’s mission to improve the quality of science education and to create a passion for science among schoolchildren.

We hope that these scholarships will inspire the nearly 2 million students who compete in NSO events as they explore the wonders of science.

For more information on the 2010 Science Olympiad National Tournament and related events, please visit the 2010 SONT web site.

  1. gold medalists in non-trial event categories
  2. team champions are defined as the Science Olympiad Official team members competing in non-trial events
  3. the tuition-waiver may be used for a transfer admit during academic years 2010-2015 for a maximum duration of two years