Salute to Academic Achievement (SAA) is an annual event hosted since 1984 by the President of the University of Illinois System, to honor the state of Illinois’ most talented students from traditionally underrepresented minority groups, and underrepresented counties in Illinois. 

The 2019 SAA is an invitation-only event at the Hilton Chicago. It includes:

Attendees include high school seniors, their parents and high school counselors, as well as University of Illinois leaders and staff. Last year almost 900 attended.