U of I Program Seeks to Recognize HS Students

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URBANA – High school students in Illinois who have implemented innovative ideas are encouraged to apply for the Celebrating High School Innovators program.

Students can be recognized for innovation in one of the following categories: Arts, Media & Literature; Business Entrepreneurship; Health & Nutrition; Social Entrepreneurship; and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM).

Past winners have included high school students creating anti-bullying campaigns to engaging in YouTube channel entrepreneurship. A full list of the winners from 2014 – 2015 can be found here.

Governor Bruce Rauner explains that innovation is crucial to a bright future for Illinois and that the students recognized are what the state needs.

“These students remind us of what can be accomplished with a good idea and firm commitment. Their ideas will help shape the world around them, and I look forward to what else they’ll do in the coming years,” Rauner says.

High school students can apply now through the deadline on November 30 on the online application here. Finalists will receive $500 and will be invited to the university campus to meet other innovators and present their ideas in spring 2016.

The program is run through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is supported and endorsed by leaders from the university, Illinois teach associations, regional school superintendents and the Governor’s office.

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