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 (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.
Contact Jason Piscia at email@example.com 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.