Welcome to the Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation
The Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation was formed in 1986 to support academic programs in the Rock Island-Milan School District. The Foundation manages scholarships for students, distributes grants to teachers and schools in the district for classroom needs, and works to fund programs throughout the District to aid students’ academic success.

Six New Scholarships Available This Spring

The Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation recently received several large donations from community members totaling $90,000 to establish six new scholarship programs for Rock Island High School graduates.

The new scholarships are:

Boeye Family Scholarship – Members of the Boeye Family established this scholarship with a $20,000 donation in recognition of the many family members who attended Rock Island High School. The $1,000 annual scholarship is open to students involved in extracurricular activities, including athletics, and who have volunteered in the community. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or better. Preference will be given to students pursuing a degree in business, education, or liberal arts.

Donald E. Devinney Business and Business Education Scholarship – Mr. Devinney, an RIHS 1954 graduate, taught in the RI school district for many years. With a $55,000 donation, he created the scholarship for students interested in pursuing a degree in business or business education. The winner will receive a $4,000 scholarship.

Doug Franz Memorial Scholarship – A 1979 RIHS graduate, Doug Franz died unexpectedly in 2014. In tribute to his memory, his sister, Sarah Franz Wheeler (class of 1986) established the scholarship with a donation to the Education Foundation. The $1,500 annual scholarship is for a student attending the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with preference given to students planning to major in engineering who have proven, during their high school career, to be dedicated student-athletes with strong moral character.

Donavin J. Keim Memorial Scholarship – Donavin died unexpectedly last March while a junior at RIHS. His grandmother, Delores Rodriguez, created the scholarship in his memory with a $6,000 donation. Two, $1,000 scholarships will be awarded annually: one to a wrestler and one to a football player, both sports which Donavin played. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or better who have demonstrated strong character.

Jayovontae “Jaree” Roberts Scholarship – A 1999 RIHS graduate, Jaree was killed in a drunk driving accident in December 2000. He was a Golden Apple Scholarship recipient pursuing a teaching degree at Southern Illinois University. His family and friends created the scholarship in his memory to keep his dream of helping students alive. Two, $500 scholarships will be awarded annually: one to a student majoring in music and one to a student majoring in education.

Terry Stephens Memorial Scholarship – A long-time baseball coach in Rock Island, Mr. Stephen’s wife, Stephanie, and the JR Rocks Baseball organization established this scholarship in his memory. The $1,000 annual scholarship is open to students who have participated in some form of Rock Island or Milan organized baseball all four years of high school with at least a 2.8 GPA.

The Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation wouldn’t be where it is today without people who donate generously by including us in their estates. We are humbled by these donations, which come without fanfare but with much gratitude. With the establishment of these scholarships, not only do these families leave a tangible legacy through their donation, they make a distinct impact on the lives of so many Rock Island-Milan students.

The scholarships will be awarded this spring. The Scholarship Application 2015 is available for download.

Scholarship Application 2015

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