INBA Scholarships

The 2022 scholarship application process has concluded. Please check back in February 2023 for information on how to apply for our spring 2023 awards.

In 1963, the Illinois News Broadcasters Association awarded its first scholarship, a $200 stipend to Alan Morris of the University of Illinois. That began a long tradition of giving scholarships to college students pursuing degrees in broadcast journalism.

The tradition continued in 2022 with the awarding of four $2,250 scholarships to students attending an Illinois college or university or Illinois residents attending an out-of-state college or university.

The INBA Honors and Awards Committee will review all applications and select a group of finalists to be interviewed via Zoom in early April. The four winners will be notified in mid-April.

Winners will be honored during the INBA spring convention in Peoria, May 6-8, 2022. For each of the four winners, the INBA will cover the cost of convention registration, up to a two-night hotel stay at the convention site in Peoria and limited travel costs. INBA also will cover convention registration for other finalists.

All scholarship applicants must be a member of the INBA. Students can apply online for a one-year membership for just $20. Please contact INBA board member Jason Piscia (jason.piscia@gmail.com) if the membership requirement is a barrier for you.

The INBA Honors and Awards Committee will select the winners based on applicants’ interest and potential in a broadcast journalism career, academic record and financial need. 

About the INBA Scholarship Program

INBA has granted nearly 200 scholarships worth nearly $175,000 since 1963.

To permanently fund the scholarship program, the INBA formed the INBA Foundation, which the Internal Revenue Service designated as a 501(c)3 organization on April 4, 2003.

The Foundation operates autonomously, generating income to fund the scholarships while not participating in the award selection process. A seven-member board of directors oversees its management, with its goal to maximize income while achieving equity growth primarily through contributions. Donors include companies, families and individuals with broadcast interests; other foundations; and corporations. The INBA Foundation retains an asset manager to supervise its moderately conservative portfolio in the American Funds family.

To donate online to the Scholarship Fund, visit our secure payments page.

Michelle Eccles McLaughlin

INBA is an organization that really caters to continuing education for professionals. It offers a relatively inexpensive way to learn new things, reinforce best practices and network.

Andrew Tanielian

INBA taught me how to network in a meaningful way. The scholarship process taught me how to endure a hard job interview and thrive.

Molly Jirasek

One of my top goals in my career was to get to Chicago. Thanks to INBA I met Margaret Larkin. She remembered our great conversations about Chicago and first alerted me to a job opening in the city I might be interested in. Lo and behold, I got that job! INBA helped me reach my dream.

Jeff Bossert

When I was working in radio for the first time, I had no idea whether I could truly handle the demands. But INBA made me curious and want to improve. Even now, when I’ve maybe worked a lot of hours or planned some stories that didn’t come together for one reason or another, what I learn from an INBA conference gets me re-invigorated about the business.

Ryan Denham

“I recently attended my first INBA conference—and it won’t be my last. The combination of professional and student journalists learning together is electric. Everyone learns from each other and walks away with new friends (and LinkedIn connections). I know I did.”

Brian O'Keefe

One of the greatest benefits for me has been getting to see and know other parts of the state. I’m not from Illinois and traveling to spring and fall conventions over the years has transformed dots on a map to memories of places that enhance my story telling process.

Aaron Eades

As a student, it's often difficult to picture what working in the real world will be like. For me, the INBA bridged that gap by giving me the chance to talk to professionals who used to be in the same shoes I'm in now.

Bob Roberts

INBA is as much about friendship and as it is about achieving common goals. It provides two things individual newsrooms cannot: in-service training, and the ability to speak out on issues affecting the profession. But most of all, it brings newspeople together.

Jennifer Fuller

INBA is not only a great networking tool, it also provides advocacy and support for journalists in an ever-changing world.

Nora Baldner

The support INBA gives to student journalists is vitally important as we all discover how technology is changing news dissemination, INBA monitors and actively encourages truth, transparency and accountability from students and their universities.

Mike Miletich

Joining the INBA was one of my best life decisions. I met some of the best broadcast journalists while I was still a college student. Plus, I ended up getting a job through the connections I made!

Alexis McAdams

INBA played a huge part in preparing me for my broadcasting career. The INBA conventions connect students with on-air talent and news directors who give feedback on now to improve your work. Through relationships I made at those conventions, I was able to obtain my first on air reporting job.