Frequently Asked Questions

What does the acronym E.D.I.T. stand for?

The acronym E.D.I.T. stands for Education, Diversity, & Information Technology.

How long has State Farm been hosting the E.D.I.T. Program?

The E.D.I.T. conference for 2015 marks the 13th year anniversary of the program.

Why is State Farm committed to the E.D.I.T program?

Statistics show that minority students are in the lower percentile of graduates from universities & colleges with Information Technology degrees.  State Farm has recognized that this is an area of opportunity.  Not just for State Farm but for the industry over all.  Therefore, the purpose for executing the program is to expose students to the vast opportunities awaiting them if they pursue an education in Information Technology. 

What types of activities are the students exposed to?

The students are exposed to the following types of activities:

Hands-on technology labs – These labs are intended to provide the students with an opportunity to get real life experience creating solutions to a variety of challenges using technology.  Some of the labs have focused on HTML, multi-media tools and products, computer hardware, robotics, etc…

Analytical thinking labs – These labs are intended to provide the students with an opportunity to take a conceptual idea that is presented to them and develop it into a tangible result.  The students are generally provided a set of materials in which they will use to build a functional model of the conceptual idea.

Keynote speakers – Executives and senior executives within State Farm have freely volunteered to come and address our students.  They help them to understand how important technology is within our organization, as well as the importance of continuing on to college to pursue their degree.

How can students take part in the E.D.I.T. program?

The applications will be accepted on a first come, first served, basis.  To enable the best learning experience possible, we are limiting participation to 100 students.  Applications are accepted for students here in Bloomington/Normal, and all surrounding areas. 


By Phone

Register by phone call:

(800) 877-1478 or (309) 438-2160, 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday

By Mail

Print out this form and mail to:

Illinois State University
Conference Services
Campus Box 8610
Normal, IL 61790-8610

By Fax

Print out this form and fax to:

(309) 438-5364


Who is the target audience for the E.D.I.T. program?
The target audience for the E.D.I.T. program will be students in the 9th through 12th grade, including recent 8th and 12th grade graduates. 

How can I obtain more information regarding the program?

For more information or to receive an application please contact Rose Griffith or Tracy Oakley.  Click here for detailed contact information.