IFB funds grants to 18 high schools

Illinois Farm Bureau and the Illinois Press Foundation awarded 18 grants to help high school journalism efforts throughout the state.

More than $22,000 total in grants, financially supported by IFB, will be distributed to the schools in the fall to pay for laptops, cameras, podcasting stations and more. The Illinois Press Foundation Board of Directors’ Education Committee selected the grant recipients from a large field of applicants.

“While we had initially planned to award 15 grants, the committee was more than happy to be able to get a few more schools involved in this year’s program with the funding we had available” said Jeff Rogers, director of the Illinois Press Foundation. “The Foundation and its board are so proud of the program, and of the work being done by student journalists and their remarkable advisers throughout the state.”

Chris Magnuson, executive director of Illinois Farm Bureau’s News and Communication division, congratulated the 2021 grant recipients.

“The talent inside each of these programs is promising, and helping these programs develop and grow is rewarding,” Magnuson said.

This year’s grant recipients include:

  • Bushnell Prairie City High School: $1,500 for a 13-inch Macbook Pro computer
  • Carlyle High School: $1,350 for three Samsung 15.6-inch Chromebooks
  • Elk Grove High School: $1,500 for laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots, newsprint and podcast equipment
  • Englewood STEM High School in Chicago: $1,500 for an iMac 24” desktop computer
  • Evanston High School: $1,500 for laptops
  • Jacksonville High School: $450 for website hosting fees
  • Liberty High School: $1,473.87 for a Nikon D3500 camera and kit, Adobe Creative Suite software, and portable digital recorders
  • Homewood Flossmoor High School: $1,200 for two Nikon D3500 cameras
  • Metea Valley High School in Aurora: $749 for a Cannon
  • Morgan Park High School in Chicago: $1.296 for a Nikon D7500 camera and kit
  • Normal Community High School: $1,500 for a book scanner, microphones, camera monitor and photo-computer tether
  • Prospect High School in Mount Prospect: $1,500 for two Nikon D3500 cameras and a 70-300mm lens
  • Putnam County High School in Granville: $1,500 to pay for newsprint and Adobe Creative Cloud software licenses
  • Red Bud High School: $800 for website hosting fees
  • South Central High School in Farina: $1,500 for three Dell laptop computers
  • Sparta High School: $415 for a COOLPIX B600 camera, carrying case and memory card
  • Thornridge High School in Dolton: $1,500 for two Lenovo IdeaCentre desktop computers and one Microsoft Service Go 2 Touch Screen
  • York High School in Elmhurst: $900 for a small podcasting station.
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