University of Illinois launches program that recognizes innovative students

URBANA - The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will recognize and celebrate high school students' innovative, creative, or inspirational contributions through a new awards program called "Celebrating High School Innovators."

The awards program was created to honor Illinois high school students who have been able to meet current and emerging social needs through innovation in one of the following five areas: Arts, Media, and Literature, Business Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, Food, Health, & Nutrition, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

All high school students who have implemented innovative ideas in their communities will be able to fill out an application at ; Interested students will be required to complete the one-page form on the website and write a 1,000-word statement describing who they are, what they have done in one of the five project areas, and why it matters.

Students are also encouraged to submit up to five megabytes of data, like YouTube videos, artwork, blog entries, and photos, to support their written application.  Applications will be accepted through December 1, 2014.

For more information on this awards program, visit
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