In 2009, Roger and Chaz established the endowment for the Roger Ebert Program in Film Studies in the College of Media.

Roger said at the time, "The University of Illinois is deep in my heart as a great institution. It informed and enriched me. Although there were no film courses when I was an undergraduate, it nevertheless guided me in my lifelong love of film. I hope when this Program and Center are fully realized, they will inspire new generations."

Roger Ebert’s conviction that movies can both inspire critical thinking and illuminate the human condition will be the guiding principle for the Center’s many programs:

  • Students will benefit from undergraduate scholarships and mentoring programs.
  • Industry leaders will have a prominent role with many opportunities for industry leaders to participate in preparing the next generation of film professionals, critics and audiences.
  • Public audiences will continue to enjoy the beloved annual Ebert Film Festival, now housed within the Center, as well as the Life Forum and new seminars throughout the year.

You can have a role in the Center

The College of Media offers many opportunities to provide support for the Center and take part in Center programs. Use the links at right to learn about the Center’s many programs. For information on giving, please use the Giving Opportunities link.