Goals & Responsibilities
The Camras Scholars Program brings together top students from across IIT’s academic disciplines to continue the legacy of Dr. Camras, and focus on the themes which defined his life’s work — research and scholarship, leadership, and service. Camras Scholars are also provided with a full-tuition scholarship in their first-year at the university and then receive an additional commitment of the full-tuition amount of their first year Camras Scholarship in each of their successive years of undergraduate study at the university (four years of undergraduate education or five years for Architecture majors).
The Camras Scholar Community – with over 250 Camras Scholars alumni and more than 100 current undergraduate Camras Scholars, the program fosters a collaborative learning environment. Camras Scholars are engaged with faculty, alumni and leading researchers, entrepreneurs, and professionals in all of the varied academic disciplines at IIT to explore questions of their own. Camras Scholars are expected – both individually and collaboratively – to support and champion these ideas in order to develop novel solutions and products which improve society.
- Two-year Residence Requirement – provides Camras Scholars with additional experiential living and learning opportunities within the residence halls at IIT that extends and goes beyond the rich academic course offerings. After the 2nd year at the university, Camras Scholars will serve as mentors to new Camras Scholars and are encouraged to explore additional housing options at the university or within the extraordinary IIT/Bronzeville neighborhood.
- Professional Development – a partnership that pairs Camras students with on-campus and off-campus professionals – including Camras alumni – so that they can actively explore topics of primary concern to them. These mentorships may vary in length and opportunities as scholarly ideas and interests change over the course of Camras students’ education at IIT.
- Leadership Education – through the Leadership Academy at IIT, Camras Scholars are afforded significant opportunities to develop their skills as young leaders. In the past, students have participated in programs focusing on team building, networking, creative confidence, leadership simulation, and cross-culture communication.
- Service Learning – over the course of their undergraduate study at IIT, Camras Scholars are encouraged to complete at least 100 hours of community service and 150 hours of campus service to the IIT community. There is great flexibility in this service learning and Camras Scholars regularly respond with imaginative and novel activities.
- In the past, Camras Scholars have served as tutors, mentors, and volunteers in a wide range of projects in the IIT/Bronzeville community, and in their home towns and cities during the summers and school breaks as part of their community service activities.
- On campus, Camras Scholars have served as hosts, mentors, science fair judges and volunteers at dozens of events and programs including graduation, orientation, open houses as well as the Chicago History Fair, the Chicago Regional Bridge Building Contest, FIRST Robotics, and many more.