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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.