Lederman and Community Scholars
This is a prestigious program for high school students at the top of their class to take regular undergraduate courses at North Central College.
As a Lederman Scholar, a student can earn a year or more of college credit while continuing to attend high school or home school. Scholars are enrolled in the same rigorous academic courses and curriculum taught by North Central College faculty to traditional-age college students.
The program welcomes Scholars in all areas of study, including mathematics, computer science, biology, chemistry, economics, psychology, foreign languages, literature, philosophy, and the arts.
Scholars can earn up to two years of college credit that can be transferred to colleges and universities across the country or applied to a degree at North Central College.
As with all North Central College students, Lederman Scholars have a faculty advisor to assist them in choosing courses that meet their needs and abilities. Dr. Stuart Patterson, Visiting Associate Professor and Chair of the Shimer Great Books School, serves as academic advisor to all Lederman Scholars. He works with Scholars, their parents and high school counselors to create the appropriate program of study.
We encourage you to contact Dr. Patterson, at 630-637-5487 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. (Dr. Patterson works closely with Dr. Richard Wilders, the long-time director and founder of the Lederman and Community Scholars program.)
Like the Lederman Scholars, the Community Scholars program offers opportunities to enrich their educational experience to academically gifted high school students.
The Community Scholars program works with students who have excelled in a specific area of study, have completed all the available coursework at their high school, and who wish to continue in it at the college level. For example, a student who has completed an Advanced Placement exam at a high level may apply to take courses in that area at North Central College.
Home-schooled students also typically enter North Central College courses through the Community Scholars program, which allows them to extend their studies in areas and on subjects in which they want the expertise and facilities offered by the College.
Students enrolled in the program earn regular college credits and grades which are reflected on a North Central College transcript. Since North Central is fully accredited, these credits are generally fully transferable to colleges and universities across the country.
As with all North Central College students, Community Scholars have a faculty advisor to assist them in choosing courses that meet their needs and abilities. Like Lederman Scholars, new Community Scholars are advised by Dr. Patterson, who can be reached at 630-637-5487 or email@example.com with any questions. You can begin your course selection process by visiting search for sections.
Schedule and Fees
Lederman and Community Scholars may enroll in any course for which they are qualified at the rate of $200 per credit hour. A typical course is 3 credit hours for a ten-week term.* This rate is less than one-fourth of our normal rate for non-degree candidates.
*In August 2019, North Central College will move to a calendar based on a 15-week semester. Semester-long courses will be offered typically for 4 credits.
How do I Apply?
Applicants to both the Lederman and Community Scholars must obtain permission from their high school guidance counselor as well as a parent/guardian.
For Admission as a Lederman Scholar, the counselor must certify that the applicant is in the top 5 percent of her or his high school class.
For admission as a Community Scholar, the counselor must certify that the applicant is in the top 10 percent her/his high school class, or has a proven record of excellence (grades, exam scores or other such achievement) in the subject area in which the Scholar would seek coursework at North Central College.
Since many classes fill up well before school begins, early application and course choice is advisable.
Apply here or email Dr. Stuart Patterson for a paper application form.