Who We Are

The Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation was established as a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) in 1986 to assist with the financial needs of the Rock Island-Milan School District 41. Since that time, we have strengthened our community's schools and provided opportunities for its students to continue their education. We strive to "Be a Rock" - always there for support when the district and its students need us.

The Education Foundation is the single largest provider of scholarships to Rocky students. But we do much more than award scholarships. Our mission - Enhancing Academic Opportunities for Student Success - also involves a commitment to enriching the current educational environment of all our students. With the support of our generous donors, are able to fulfill that mission and provide the critical resources, materials, and programs to enable that success for the students, teachers, and schools of District 41.

2017-2018 Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation Board of Directors:

Jerry Jones, President
Pryce T. Boeye, Vice-President
Shellee Showalter, Treasurer
Dr. Mike Oberhaus, Secretary

Steve Andich
Barb Cady
Rose Ann Hass
Russ Kennel

Cindy Lukasik
John Phillips
Clyde Schoeck
Bob Swanson

Monta Ponsetto, Executive Director

Honorary Board:

Pryce Boeye
Bill Cleaver
Reed Doughty
Ted Johnson
Jody Leiby
Jon Loquist
Sue McDevitt
Gary Miner
Gary Rowe
Cosette Thoms
Dave VanLandegen
Don Wentler

Events & Announcements

  • The Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation awarded $92,521 in PRIME (Promoting Rock Island Milan Education) Grants to the teachers and schools of the Rock Island-Milan School District at the opening day all-staff meeting held on July 31 at Rock Island High School A total of 49 grants were awarded: 29 Teacher, 17 Departmental/School and 3 Multi-School grants - all will fund a wide variety of programs for the 2018-2019 school year. See all the grants awarded in our newsletter or website on our PRIME Grants page.
  • The Education Foundation awarded $79,700 in scholarships during its 2018 Austin Academic Achievement Awards and Scholarship Night held on May 16! At the ceremony:

    - 49 seniors received one of our 32 named scholarships
    - 16 seniors received a Department scholarship
    - 2 received an Academic Excellence scholarship

    The ceremony also recognized the "Top Ten" of each class.

    With the addition of the Thoms Above and Beyond Leadership Scholarships issued earlier in January, the RIMEF has awarded $86,700 in total to the Class of 2018! Thank you to all our scholarship benefactors and individual, family, and business contributors who made this extraordinary evening possible for our deserving Rock Island High School students!

  • Seniors: the 2018 RIMEF Scholarship Application is now available! Apply now for one or more of the more than 50 scholarships available through the Education Foundation.  Last year, we awarded over $81,000 in scholarships to Rocky seniors! The application is available in an online version or downloadable through this website (see the scholarship tab), at your counselor's office, or on the school website. Application and related materials are due by March 29, 2018 - 3:30 p.m. Please contact the Education Foundation at rimef@rimsd41.org or 309.793.5900 X230 with questions or for more information.

  • The Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation awarded a record $90,593 in PRIME Grants (Promoting Rock Island Milan Education) to the teachers, departments, and schools of the Rock Island-Milan School District for the 2017-2018 academic year. The grants were presented to the District during the opening day all-staff meeting held on August 1 at Rock Island High School. A total of 51 grants were awarded: 26 Teacher, 22 Departmental/School and 3 District grants - all will fund a wide variety of programs for the 2017-2018 school year. See all the grants awarded in our newsletter or website on our PRIME Grants page!

  • Congratulations to L.E.A.D. on taking 1st Place at the National Finals for INCubator! Cornelius Aldridge, Romar Cantu, and Rashawn Overton are the recipients of the $7500 cash award to help jump-start their non-profit. L.E.A.D. was one of 9 teams from the 2017 Entrepreneurship Class at RIHS. Under the guidance of their teacher, Mrs. Patricia Matson, and mentor, Tracey White, they won the Best Pitch and Best Business Model at the Final Pitch Night held in May. A video of their presentation was submitted to the National Pitch Competition and they were selected as one of the 5 finalists to present at Loyola University.The INCubator: Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Class was initiated and funded by the Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation and generous private and business donors from throughout our community. We could not be prouder of these young men and their accomplishment. Way to go L.E.A.D!

  • The INCubator: Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Class held it's Final Pitch Night on May 24 in the RIHS Auditorium. Five teams presented their business ideas "shark tank" style to a panel of judges made up of business leaders and representatives from the RI-Milan Education Foundation. The five were finalists from nine teams of students presenting at the Academic Pitch on May 18. Judges scored teams on presentation skills, business viability, and credibility. Members of the public, investors, parents, teachers, coaches & mentors attended the ceremony with the top three scores going to: L.E.A.D., MedID, and Senior Selective Services. Congratulations to all the students for their hard work and innovative ideas!

  • $73,800 in scholarships were awarded to the Class of 2017 at the 37th Annual Academic Achievement Awards and Scholarship Night on May 10th in the Rock Island High School Auditorium. The Top Ten students from each class were recognized, Departmental Awards were given for the first and second place seniors in eight academic areas, and 51 scholarships were presented to our deserving seniors. It was a wonderful night to celebrate the achievements of so many of our great Rock island High School students. Just this year, the Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation has awarded $80,800 in scholarships to the Class of 2017. Thank you to all our scholarship benefactors and contributors to the Academic Achievement Awards who helped make the evening and our awards possible!

  • Teachers: the PRIME (Promoting Rock Island-Milan Education) Grant Application for the 2017-2018 school year is available on our website or through the Education Foundation office. Last year, the Foundation awarded over $79,000 in grant requests to teachers, departments, schools and the district. Deadline to submit is June 13, 2017.

  • On October 19, 2016, the Education Foundation celebrated 30 years of providing support and scholarships at a ceremony at Jumer's Casino & Hotel. The event was attended by many founding and past board members as well as scholarship benefactors and community leaders. The well-attended evening was a "Thank You" to all those who generously gave their vision, time, and financial resources to create and build the Foundation ensuring a legacy of support for our Rock Island-Milan students, teachers, and schools.

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