The Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation is the single largest distributor of scholarships to Rock Island High School students. It administers a number of scholarships each year, which reward and encourage Rocky students to pursue education after high school. All applicants must be a graduating student of Rock Island High School.
Scholarship awards range from $500 to $4,000 and are available for traditional 4-year college/university, 2-year/junior college and vocational/trade school. The complete list of scholarships available to the Class of 2017 along with criteria and award amount for each is outlined below.
The winners of the scholarships will be announced at the Academic Achievement Awards and Scholarship Night on May 10, 2017.
Click here to view/download the 2017 scholarship application.
Carole S. Barkan Memorial Scholarship
First preference given to students who have utilized the school district’s home-bound tutoring program, with additional selection based on financial need and GPA. Award may be used at any accredited university or college, apprentice program, or vocational/tech school. Award: $500.
Boeye Family Scholarship
Open to students involved in extracurricular activities, including athletics, and who have volunteered in the community. Must have a 3.0 GPA or better. Preference given to students pursuing a degree in business, education, or liberal arts. Award: $1,000.
RIHS Class of 1961 Scholarship
Awarded to a student with a 3.0 – 3.5 GPA. Strong consideration given to financial need, intent to remain in the Quad Cities long-term, and career aspirations. Award: up to ten – $500 scholarships will be awarded.
RIHS Class of 1965 Scholarship
Award based on financial need, citizenship, good academic standing, school and community activities. Award: $500.
Stanley H. Coin Business Scholarship
Seniors who are in top 25% of the class may apply. Must have participated in the business curriculum at Rocky for at least two years. Financial need, and school and community involvement are considered. Award: $1,000.
Donald E. Devinney Business and Business Education Scholarship
Preference given to students majoring in business or business education. Consideration given to students who have worked part-time during high school. Award: $1,000 annually for four years, totaling $4,000.
Doug Franz Memorial Scholarship
For a student who will attend the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 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. Student must verify admittance to the University of Illinois. Award: $1,500.
Ben D. and Nancy K. Brown Farrar Scholarship
Award based on financial need, good work ethic and potential for success. Written recommendation must come from a teacher. Special consideration given to students who have a 2.5-3.5 GPA. Award: $2,000.
Rick Gilliland Scholarship
For a student who is going to attend Black Hawk College, with preference given to those pursuing a degree in education, who hopefully will return to teach in the Rock Island school system. Award: $500.
Ray and Elva Halberthur Memorial Scholarship
Preference given to a male student pursuing a degree in Special Education. Award: $2,000.
Hass Family Scholarship
Open to students with a 3.0 GPA, good leadership skills and character. Must not be in the top 10. Award: $1,000.
Amy Helpenstell Liberal Arts Scholarship
For a student who is planning to attend Augustana College. Award based on financial need, citizenship, and good academic standing. Students must verify admittance to Augustana. Award $1,000.
Derek James Jackson Art Scholarship
Open to students who have participated in the RIHS art curriculum. Written recommendation must come from one of the student’s art teachers. Award: $500.
Tyler John Memorial Scholarship
Preference given to a student who has participated in the band or orchestra program at RIHS. Additionally, preference is also given to a student who participated in ROTC during their underclass years. Prefer student with a GPA of 3.0 or above but not in the top 10 of class. Student must attend a non-profit college or university. Award: $1,000
Jumer’s Casino & Hotel Scholarship
Open to students with a 3.0 GPA or better. Consideration given to financial need, demonstrated leadership skills, and participation in school and community service. Three scholarships will be awarded: one for $3,000, one for $2,000, and one for $1,000.
Judith A. Katz Scholarship
For a student attending a four-year liberal arts college, with preference given to those who wish to pursue a degree in Fine Arts at Augustana College. Consideration given to student based on outstanding academic achievement, character, and financial need. Potential award: $4,000.
Donavin J. Keim Scholarship
Two scholarships will be awarded: one to a wrestler and one to a football player. Open to students with a 3.0 or better GPA who have demonstrated strong character. Written recommendation must come from one of the student’s coaches. Award: $1,000 each.
R. Decker Magee Memorial Scholarship
For a student who is planning to attend college or vocational school. Based on participation in activities, character, and conduct. Must have a C+ average. Award: $500.
Marler Clark Science Scholarship
For a student who is planning to attend college and has an interest in science. Must have a 3.0 or better GPA. Award: $2,000.
Herb Niemann Scholarship
For a solid student with an excellent attendance record and demonstrated good work ethic. Award: $1,200.
Charlie White/Richard Klatt Purple Tuna Creativity Scholarship
Open to any senior wishing to pursue an artist field of study; most show acceptance to either a two-year or four-year college art program. Candidates must have a portfolio of art ready and a written recommendation from an art teacher. Award: $500.
Darrell and Mary Anne Reynolds Automotive Scholarship
Open to any student wishing to pursue certification and training in any auto maintenance or service program. Award: $1,000.
Darrell and Mary Anne Reynolds Scholarship
Open to any student not in the top 10 of their class, with special consideration given to those with a 2.5 to 3.5 GPA. Award: $1,000.
Jayovontae “Jaree” Roberts Scholarship
Two scholarships will be awarded: one to a student majoring in music and one to a student majoring in education. Consideration given to financial need. Award: $500 each.
Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation Scholarship
Three individual scholarships are available: one for a student planning to attend a vocational/tech school, one for a student planning to attend a junior college, and one for a student planning to attend a traditional 4-year college. Must demonstrate financial need and must have a 3.0 or better GPA Award: $1,000.
Rock Island Township Scholarship
Open to students residing in the Rock Island Township area (north of 18th Avenue, Rock Island.) Preference given to students pursuing/having interest in government, politics, and/or law. Must have a GPA of 2.5-3.5 and demonstrate financial need, leadership skills, and a good work ethic. Student must attend an Illinois college or university. Award: $1,000.
Chet Schultz Scholarship
Open to any senior wrestler. Written recommendation must come from a coach illustrating good work ethic and potential for success. Consideration given to financial need; preference for students pursuing a career in education. Award: $1,000.
Terry Stephens Memorial Scholarship
Applicants must have participated in some form of Rock Island or Milan organized baseball all four years of high school and have a 2.8 GPA or better. Award: $1,000.
Thoms Family Above & Beyond Scholarship
Student apply in the spring of their Junior year. Project based. Final award: $5,000, with semi-finalists receiving $500. Deadline to apply for projects is late April. This scholarship is awarded in January. For more information visit www.aboveandbeyondscholarship.com.
Elizabeth Kennel Williams Scholarship
Applicants must demonstrate how they have overcome significant obstacles or life challenges such as: being raised by a single parent, immigrating to the United States, being the first in their family to go to college, affected by a serious illness or medical condition, etc. Award: $1,000.
Women’s Computer Science, I.T. & Math Scholarship
For a senior female student who is interested in pursuing a college degree in Math, Computer Science or Information Technology. Must have a 3.0 G.P.A. or better. Award: $500.
DW Young Memorial Scholarship
Preference given to students majoring in political science, economics, or pre-law. Recipient must maintain a 3.0 during college. Award: $1,000 annually for four years, totaling $4,000.