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THE APPLICATION WINDOW IS NOW CLOSED. APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED EACH FALL.

We're so proud of our inaugural group of Innovation Award winners! Learn more about these amazing students here.
 

Eligibility Criteria

Application for this award is open to all 9th-12th grade students, including homeschool students, who have taken great ideas and made them a reality, by doing something innovative and creative.

Applicants may apply under one of the following categories:

  •    Arts, Media, & Literature
  •    Business Entrepreneurship
  •    Health & Nutrition
  •    Social Entrepreneurship
  •    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

Interested students are required to complete the online application form (click on the APPLY button above) and write a 500-1000 word personal statement describing who they are, what they have done, and why it matters.

Instructions for team entries: Choose a "Team Captain" that will fill out the form with his/her application information and tell about the team's accomplishments. Also, decide as a team what to call your team, and fill out that information in the "Team Entries" section of the application. However, EACH STUDENT that is part of a team MUST INDEPENDENTLY submit an application by filling out all required fields (denoted with a *, and text in red), PLUS the Team Entries fields. Select the Continue button to move forward through each page of the application, then submit at the end. Only Team Captains are required to fill out the application in its entirety.

Note regarding applicants with disabilities: If special accomodations are needed to apply, or if you have a request to modify the application process in some way, please send your request to Amy Koester at akoester [at] illinois [dot] edu, or call 217-300-0074.

Deadline

The application deadline is Monday, November 30, 2015.

Selection Process & Awards

Completed applications will be judged by University of Illinois alumni and innovators from across the state and reviewed based on originality, quality of the innovation, and impact in their domain. Selection of program participants will be made without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

Innovation Award Winners will be notified by February 2016 and will be invited to attend the campus-wide ENTREPRENEURSHIP FORUM, a day-long celebration of innovation at the University of Illinois on April 28, 2016. Those selected will have the opportunity to showcase their ideas, and will get to meet other student and professional innovators. They will be profiled on this website and in a book of young innovators. Each winner of the Innovation Award will also receive a check for $500.

MORE ABOUT THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP FORUM: The Provost's Roundtable on Entrepreneurship annually holds a campus-wide Entrepreneurship Forum, highlighting the breadth of entrepreneurial activities across campus for faculty, students, and academic professionals. This day-long event allows attendees to participate in hands-on workshops and panel discussions to learn about topics such as: the Lean Startup Method, How to Fund your Company and the Impact of Social Entrepreneurship, and to participate in networking opportunities. Both the Cozad New Venture Competition Finals and the announcement of the $20,000 Illinois Innovation Prize (IIP) winner take place during the Forum. Cozad and IIP are Technology Entrepreneur Center initiatives.

NEW! STEM applicants have a chance to win a $100 scholarship to a University of Illinois Summer Camp! A total of ten $100 scholarships will be given out to winners in the STEM category (chosen at random). Learn more here about WYSE Summer Camps and GAMES Summer Camps.

Learn more about the recognition event and awards here.
 

Questions?

Contact Amy Koester, CHSI Program and Marketing Coordinator, at akoester [at] illinois [dot] edu.  

Want to contact a member of the Alumni Advisory Board (AAB)?
The AAB members are all student winners from 2014-15. They would be happy to help answer your questions, and they offer a unique perspective of CHSI.
 

Brian Gentile, brian [dot] r [dot] gentile [at] gmail [dot] com
Business Entrepreneurship, STEM

  See the official Celebrating High School Innovators video about Brian Gentile

 

Nathan Hartley, nrhthegr8 [at] aol [dot] com
Business Entrepreneurship

  See the official Celebrating High School Innovators video about Nathan Hartley

 

Jackson Nannie, dclcchair [dot] iikc [at] gmail [dot] com
Social Entrepreneurship

  See the official Celebrating High School Innovators video about Jackson Nannie

 

Melissa Pratt, melissapratt96 [at] gmail [dot] com
Arts, Media and Literature

  See the official Celebrating High School Innovators video about Melissa Pratt

 

Pranav Upadhyayula, pranavu101 [at] gmail [dot] com
Business Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship

   See the official Celebrating High School Innovators video about Pranav & Sushil Upadhyayula

 

Sushil Upadhyayula, sushilu101 [at] gmail [dot] com
Business Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship

   See the official Celebrating High School Innovators video about Pranav & Sushil Upadhyayula

 

Alan Zimmerman, alzimm96 [at] gmail [dot] com
Business Entrepreneurship

  See the official Celebrating High School Innovators video about Alan Zimmerman

 

Learn more about these Alumni Advisory Board members here.