What is the Salute to Academic Achievement (SAA)?
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 from underrepresented counties in Illinois.
The 2020 SAA is an invitation-only event. This year's SAA Program and College Fair will be a virtual event. It includes:
A Program to celebrate students' academic achievements, hear from current UI Honors students, and encourage students to consider attending one of the three universities of the UI System
A College Fair with college, admissions, financial aid, and housing representatives from the three University of Illinois System universities at Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield
Application Fee Waivers for future applications for admission for each university, for invited students who attend SAA
An Individualized Certificate of Academic Achievement to honor the state of Illinois' most talented high school seniors
Attendees include high school seniors, their parents and high school counselors, as well as University of Illinois leaders and staff. Last year almost 1,000 attended.