March 31, 2023

INBA Scholarship Deadline: March 20

Once again this spring, the Illinois News Broadcasters Association will award four scholarships to Illinois college students pursuing a career in broadcast journalism. The application window for these $2,100 awards is open right now. We ask all members to share this message with broadcasting students you encounter.

The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. March 20, 2023. Finalists will be interviewed via Zoom by the INBA Scholarship Selection Committee in early April, and winners will be announced in mid-April.

The four winners will be honored in person during the INBA spring convention in Springfield, April 28-30. For each winner, the INBA will cover the cost of convention registration, up to a two-night hotel stay at the convention site in Springfield and some travel costs — a value of nearly $400.

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 Honors and Awards Committee chair Jason Piscia ( 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. 

Contact Jason Piscia at with questions.

History of INBA’s Scholarship program

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jennifer Fuller

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

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