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Rock Island - Milan Education Foundation Scholarships

Charles O. Austin, Jr. Leadership Scholarship

Established in 1984 by Mr. Austin in appreciation for his years of work as Principal of Rock Island High School from 1951 – 1965 and Superintendent of the Rock Island-Milan Public Schools from 1966 – 1973. The teachers of Rock Island High School nominate senior students whom they believe have displayed leadership qualities. The nominees are then interviewed by a panel who selects the recipient. Award: $1,000

Carole S. Barkan Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by her family in memory of Carole's life devoted to home-bound tutoring and advocating on behalf of students in need. First preference is given to students who have utilized the school district's homebound tutoring program, with additional selection based on financial need and GPA. The award may be used at any accredited university or college, apprentice program, or vocational/tech school. Award: $500

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 scholarship is for students involved in extra curricular activities and volunteering in the community. The students must have a 3.0 GPA or better. Preference is given to students pursuing a degree in business, education, or liberal arts. Award: $1,000

RIHS Class of 1961 Scholarship

Funded by the graduating class of 1961 who all wanted to help multiple deserving Rocky grads. The scholarships (multiple) are awarded to students with a 3.0–3.5 GPA. Strong consideration is given to financial need, intent to remain in the Quad Cities long-term, and career aspirations. Award: $500/multiple awards

RIHS Class of 1965 Scholarship

The Class of 1965 funded this scholarship to award the Rocky grads of the future. The award is based on financial need, citizenship, good academic standing, school and community activities. Award: $500

Stanley H. Coin Business Scholarship

American Bank & Trust established this scholarship to honor Stanley H. Coin, an RIHS graduate, for his years of dedication as a leader in the community and philanthropy. The award is available to Senior in top 25% of the class who 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

Mr. Devinney, an RIHS 1954 graduate, taught in the RI school district for many years. He established this scholarship with a $55,000 donation to assist student pursuing a degree in business or business education. Consideration is given to students who have worked part-time during high school. Award: $1,000 annually for four years, totaling $4,000.

Ben D. and Nancy K. Brown Farrar Scholarship

Established by former Rock Island teacher Nancy K. Brown to honor the couple's commitment to the importance of good education and our Rock Island-Milan schools. The award is based on financial need, good work ethic and potential for success. A written recommendation must come from a teacher. Special consideration is given to students who have a 2.5-3.5 GPA. Award: $2,000.

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 this scholarship. The award is for a student who will attend the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Preference is 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. Award: $1,500.

Rick Gilliland Scholarship

Mr. Gilliland was a long-time teacher in the Rock Island-Milan School District who touched the lives of thousands of children during his career. His family established this scholarship in his memory. The award is for a student who is planning to attend Black Hawk College, with a preference given to those pursuing a degree in education, and who, hopefully, will return to teach in the Rock Island school system. Award: $500.

Ray and Elva Haberthur Memorial Scholarship

Ray and Elva Haberthur graduated from Rock Island High School in the 1930's when there weren't many opportunities to go to college. But they valued education and worked with young people through scouting and many other civic and religious organizations. The family wanted to honor them with a scholarship given to a student who works directly with young people. Award: $2,000

Hass Family Scholarship

This scholarship was established and funded by the Hass family (many of whom are RIHS graduates) in honor of their parents, Mary and Art Hass. The scholarship is open to students with a 3.0 GPA or better, good leadership skills, and character. The awarded student must not be in the top 10 of their class. Award: $1,000.

The Amy Helpenstell Liberal Arts Scholarship

Ms. Helpenstell graduated from RIHS in 1988. After her passing in 2003 and in her memory, her family set up a scholarship for RIHS students attending Augustana College. The award is given based on financial need, citizenship, good academic standing and the pursuit of a degree at Augustana College. Award: $1,000.

Derek James Jackson Art Scholarship

Derek Jackson was a 2007 graduate of Rock Island High School who excelled in art and had an established career as a tattoo artist. His family set up a scholarship in memory of Derek who died in 2013. The scholarship is awarded to students who have participated in the RIHS art curriculum. A written recommendation must come from one of the student's art teachers. Award: $500.

Tyler John Memorial Scholarship

Tyler was a student of the Class of 2017 who passed away suddenly during his junior year. Friends of the family established this scholarship to honor Tyler's memory and the activities he loved. The annual scholarship awards a student who has participated in the band or orchestra program at Rock Island High School with a GPA of 3.0 or better but not in the top 10 of their class. The student must also register at a non-profit college or university. Award: $1,000

Jumer's Casino and Hotel Scholarship

As a strong supporter of initiatives in the Rock Island-Milan schools and the Education Foundation, Jumer's generously funds scholarships to honor three outstanding RIHS graduates who have demonstrated academic and social achievement. The awards are open to students with a 3.0 GPA or better. Consideration is 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

Mrs. Katz was a valedictorian of her graduating class at Rocky and was active in fine arts. After her death, her family endowed a scholarship in her memory. The scholarship is for a student attending a four-year liberal arts college and preference is given to those who wish to pursue a degree in Fine Arts at Augustana College. Consideration is also based on outstanding academic achievement, character, and financial need. Potential award: $4,000.

Donavin J. Keim Scholarship

Donavin was a junior at RIHS when he passed away unexpectedly in 2014. His grandmother, Delores Rodriguez, created the scholarship in his memory. Two scholarships will be awarded annually: one to a wrestler and one to a football player, both sports which Donavin played. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or better and have demonstrated strong character. A written recommendation must come from one of the student's coaches. Award: $1,000 each.

R. Decker Magee Memorial Scholarship

Decker Magee was an RIHS alumnus who died tragically a few years after his graduation. His family endowed this scholarship in his memory. The scholarship is for a student who is planning to attend college or vocational school. It is also based on participation in activities, character, and conduct. The student must have at least a C+ average. Award: $500.

The Marler Clark Science Scholarship

The Marler Clark Science Scholarship was established after a class action lawsuit. The award is given to a student who is planning to pursue a degree in a field of science and currently have a GPA of 3.0 or better GPA. Award: $2,000.

Herb Niemann Scholarship

Mr. Niemann was a long-time Rock Island teacher and principal. His family, friends, and colleagues established this scholarship in his memory. The scholarship is awarded to a solid student with an excellent attendance record and demonstrated good work ethic. Award: $1,200.

Charlie White/Richard Klatt Purple Tuna Creativity Scholarship

1983 Rocky grad Cary Hinze established this scholarship to honor two of his RIHS art teachers, Charlie White and Richard Klatt. It is awarded 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. The candidates must have a portfolio of art ready and a written recommendation from an art teacher. Award: $500.

Darrell and Mary Anne Reynolds Scholarship

The Reynolds established this scholarship to provide financial assistance to hardworking but sometimes overlooked Rock Island High School students. Mr. Reynolds, a member of the RIHS class of 1965 and successful businessman wanted to reward students who have worked hard but were not star athletes or the valedictorians. Believing that good grades are not the only measure of future success in life, the Reynolds created their scholarship for any student not in the top 10 of their class and giving special consideration to those with a 2.5 to 3.5 GPA. Award: $1,000.

Darrell and Mary Anne Reynolds Automotive Scholarship

With a long history of supporting students and education throughout the community, the Reynolds established this scholarship to encourage students to pursue training and a career in the automotive industry. The scholarship is open to any student wishing to pursue certification and training in any auto maintenance or service program. Award: $1,000.

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 scholarships are awarded annually: one for a student majoring in music and one to a student majoring in education. Financial need is also a consideration. 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 have a 3.0 or better G.P.A. Award: $1,000.

Chet Schultz Scholarship

Mr. Schultz taught at Rock Island High School for 31 years, teaching drivers education and serving as head coach of the wrestling team for 17 years. Mr. Schultz felt strongly about the importance of education and believed wrestling was an excellent way to build character. His family members established this scholarship to help preserve his memory and to carry on his legacy. The scholarship is open to any senior wrestler. A written recommendation must come from a coach illustrating good work ethic and potential for success. Consideration is given to financial need with a preference for students pursuing a career in education. Award: $1,000.

Terry Stephens Memorial Scholarship

A long-time baseball coach in Rock Island, Mr. Stephens's wife, Stephanie, and the Jr. Rocks Baseball organization established this scholarship in his memory. The 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 and have a 2.8 GPA or better. Award: $1,000.

Thoms Family Above & Beyond Scholarship

Created by the Thoms family to identify and honor Rock Island High School students who demonstrate problem solving, organizational, and leadership skills in projects of their own choosing. The program overlaps the spring of the junior and fall of the senior year. Approximately five juniors are chose each year to participate on the basis of the stated project goal and their detailed plans to accomplish that goal. Award: $500 for participation with $1,000 and $5,000 scholarships to the top projects. Scholarships are awarded in January of the senior year.

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

&Math Scholarship was established and funded by a Rock Island citizen to encourage women to pursue a degree in computer science, technology or math. The award is open to senior females who intend to work in I.T. as systems designers and software engineers, or fields of science or math. Students must have a 3.0 G.P.A. or better. Award: $500.

DW Young Memorial Scholarship

DW Young was a strong supporter of the Rock Island schools. He was a firm believer in education and achieving ones full potential and saw five children graduate from Rock Island High School. Established by his family, the scholarship is for a student who will major in political science, economics, or pre-law. The recipient must maintain a 3.0 during college. Award: $1,000 annually for four years, totaling $4,000.

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