North Central College - Naperville, IL

Junior/Senior Scholars Program

Junior/Senior Scholars
Junior/Senior Scholars

Do you want to make a difference in the world and in the life of a child or teenager? Have you ever thought about being a teacher? Do you have an idea you'd like to try out in the real world?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then we’ve got an adventure for you! Whether your interest is education, psychology, sociology or science, there's an opportunity for you to enhance your education with the Junior/Senior Scholars Program. Through the program you’ll have a chance to write grants, tutor, mentor, meet educators and legislators, speak at conferences and teach in a summer camp. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to change the world by helping kids realize their dreams!

Through the Junior/Senior Scholars Program, you can:

  • Tutor students at Oak Park Elementary School or Cowherd Middle School in East Aurora or James Weldon Johnson Elementary School in the North Lawndale neighborhood in Chicago every Tuesday and Thursday from 12-2 p.m.*
  • Develop leadership skills by becoming a leader of one of more than a dozen weekly or one time only special projects with the Junior/Senior Scholars. Apply today.
  • Facilitate an after-school study group for middle school students from East Aurora and Chicago on the North Central campus every Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. 
  • Facilitate an evening study group for high school students from East Aurora and Chicago on the North Central campus every Thursday from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Mentor high school students from East Aurora and Chicago at monthly retreats or plan and implement one-day special events at our partner schools. 

*transportation provided

Summer Program

Spend your summer making a difference in the world and in the lives of kids by participating in the Junior/Senior Scholars Summer Program. You'll have the opportunity to work with students one-on-one, as well as gain some experience in front of a classroom full of students. You'll also have the chance to work with some dynamic and innovative educators who can serve as references and connections when you begin the search for your first teaching position. 

Applications for summer internships are available in November from the Career Development Center’s Internship Office, located on the main floor of the Harold and Eva White Activities Center.

Connection with Education 100

All education majors at North Central are required to take EDN 101: Teaching Today as part of their course of study. Through the Junior/Senior Scholars Program you can complete the 10 of your 15 hours of interactive field experience that's required for this course. This is a great way to explore the teaching profession, make a difference in the lives of kids, learn about the challenges and rewards of teaching and learning in urban America and complete a course requirement at the same time.

In 2003, North Central’s Junior/Senior Scholars Program was named an Exemplary Practice in Higher Education by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

If you want to learn more about getting involved by being a team leader or summer intern in the Junior/Senior Scholars Program, call Dr. Jan Fitzsimmons at ext. 5359 or email her at