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.

2019-2020 Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation Board of Directors:

Pryce T. Boeye, President
John Phillips, Vice-President
Shellee Showalter, Treasurer
Cindy Lukasik, Secretary

Steve Andich
Barb Cady
Rose Ann Hass
Jerry Jones

Russ Kennel
Dr. Reginald Lawrence
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 2020 PRIME Grant Application is now available! All RIMSD teachers and schools may apply for up to $1,500 for Teacher Grants, up to $3,000 for Departmental/School Grants, and up to $5,000 for Multi-School Grants. Application deadline is June 9, 2020.  Please see our PRIME Grants page for details and requirements.

  • Seniors: The 2020 RIMEF Scholarship Application is now available! Apply now for one of the 50 scholarship opportunities available through the Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation. Last year, the Education Foundation awarded a total of $88,200 in scholarships to Rocky seniors! The application is available in online form only through our website (see the scholarship tab) or on the RIHS website. Application and related materials are due by March 4, 2020 - 3:30 p.m. Please contact the Education Foundation at rimef@rimsd41.org or 309.581.2154 with questions or for more information.

  • An additional $8,420 in PRIME Grants was awarded in September for the 2019-2020 school year. A total of $123,744 in PRIME Grants has now been given for 55 projects benefiting students throughout the RIMSD. These PRIME Grants and the projects they support are only made possible through generous donations from individuals, businesses, and community organizations such as the Junior Board of Rock Island, the Doris and Victor Day Foundation, and the Rauch Family Foundation. Thank you all! We can't wait to hear the results of those projects and see photos of our students in action!

  • Updating the RIHS Directory! The Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation is currently collecting date (through a company called PCI) from Rock Island High School alumni for the sole purpose of updating our Alumni Directory. The last directory was published in 2010 and many of you and your classmates have changed contact information in the last 10 years! When PCI contacts you, please update the information you are comfortable in sharing so that we may strengthen connections with nearly 35,000 RIHS alumni for reunions, events, and with the latest Rocky news. Please be aware that you are under NO OBLIGATION to purchase ANYTHING. Anything you do decide to purchase will not benefit the Education Foundation or RIHS. If you have any questions, please contact the Education Foundation at: rimef@rimsd41.org

  • $115,324 in PRIME (Promoting Rock Island Milan Education) Grants was awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year! The Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation presented the grants at the opening day, all-staff meeting held on July 31 in Rock Island High School Auditorium. 52 PRIME Grants were awarded - 28 Teacher, 20 Departmental/School and 4 Multi-School grants funding a wide variety of programs throughout the district. See a listing of all the grants funded in our upcoming Fall 2019 Newsletter or on this website under the "Grants" tab - "PRIME Grants. " Approximately 3/4 of a million dollars in PRIME Grants (originally called Teacher Grants)have been issued to the teachers and schools of the district since the program started. Over $471,000 of that total was awarded in just the past 5 years. Congratulations to all the recipients and thanks for using our PRIME Grants to provide new and innovative programs and materials to your classrooms!
  • $83,200 in scholarships was awarded to the Rock Island High School Class of 2019 at the 39th Austin Academic Achievement Awards and Scholarship Night held on May 16!

    • At the ceremony:43 seniors received one of the 33 named scholarships awarded that evening
    • 16 seniors received an Austin Academic Achievement Award Departmental scholarship
    • 2 received an Academic Excellence scholarship

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

    In all, 114 students were honored and/or awarded! Thank you to all the generous contributors, scholarship benefactors, and committee volunteers who made this extraordinary evening possible for our deserving Rock Island High School students!

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