The Chicago/Midwest NATAS Chapter is very involved with television students in our region.  We offer scholarships, have both college and high school award programs, and have a history of developing material on media literacy. 

The Chicago/Midwest Chapter’s scholarship program has distributed more than $500,000 in scholarships to students since the mid-1990s. Chicago/Midwest is one of the strongest NATAS chapters in the nation in regard to scholarship funds distributed.

We are particularly grateful for those who chose to name an annual scholarship ($4,000 to $5,000 for College level – $2,500 for the Silver Circle High School award). Our current scholarships are named in honor of Tom Skilling, Paul Lisnek, the Ephraim family, Bernstein Global Wealth, Gene Cartwright, and Branson/Silver Dollar City. In the past, Howard Shapiro, John and Ann Drury, Sheldon and Mary Cooper, Sharon A. Palermo, Stu Nahan, Edward and Marsha Morris, and Donald and Lorena Meier have also had named scholarships.

Many Academy members have expressed an interest in donating scholarship funds. The Chapter has a separate non-profit entity to accept these donations, the NATAS Chicago Foundation.  The Foundation has 501(c)(3) tax status and donations are tax deductible.