Welcome to the Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation
The Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation was formed in 1986 to solicit and receive funds to support academic programs. A board of directors composed of volunteer professional, business and community leaders governs the Foundation. Our mission is to enhance academic opportunities for student success. 


Susan Poe, the mother of slain Rock Island tattoo artist Derek James Jackson, has established a scholarship through the Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation in memory of her son. Mr. Jackson, Rock Island High School class of 2007, was a stand-out art student and went on to become a well-known tattoo artist in the area.Derek James JacksonThe Derek James Jackson Art Scholarship will be awarded annually for $500 to a RIHS student who has participated in the school’s art program. The scholarship application will be available in January through the high school counselors’ office or online and must include a letter of recommendation from an art teacher.Ms. Poe recalls that, “Derek started drawing as soon as he could hold a pencil. Art is who Derek was. I want to honor Derek and his amazing talents. Derek was proud of his full name and wrote it on everything he owned, which is why I named it the Derek James Jackson Art Scholarship.”By establishing this scholarship, Ms. Poe hopes to keep his name alive in the art community and at the same time help a deserving student. She states, “Derek would be proud to know he helped a student further their education. Derek was taken from us way too soon; he is loved and missed by so many.”

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