The Education Foundation currently has 36 named scholarships providing up to 50+ individual scholarship awards totaling over $60,000 in financial assistance to Rock Island High School graduates. Average as well as high performing students may qualify for these awards to further their education. We offer help for those wanting to attend vocational school, junior college, or a four-year college.

The scholarships have differing requirements but we've made it easy to apply. Just one application package needs to be submitted to apply for the majority of the scholarships.

You can now apply online through our website. See the Apply Now page under the scholarship tab for link and instructions.

Scholarship application package must include:

  • Copy of their high school transcript
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher or coach (see requirements of desired scholarships) who is familiar with their dedication to excellence
  • FAFSA or other financial aid information
  • 500-word essay illustrating how the assistance will help them achieve their dreams and how they will use their education to make a difference

All of us have our ROCK - someone who is always there for us and makes a profound impact on our lives. So many teachers, graduates, and community stakeholders appreciate the impact the Rock Island-Milan School District made on their lives. In return, they provide thousands of dollars to help other Rocks succeed.

Complete List of Scholarships Provided by our "Rocks"

  • Charles O. Austin, Jr. Leadership*
  • Carole S. Barkan Memorial
  • Boeye Family
  • Grant W. and Virginia M. Brissman
  • RIHS Class of 1961 - up to 10 scholarships annually
  • Class of 1963 "First in the Family"
  • RIHS Class of 1965
  • Stanley H. Coin Business
  • Rochelle Davis Memorial
  • Donald E. Devinney Business & Business Education
  • Ben D. and Nancy K. Brown Farrar
  • Doug Franz Memorial
  • Rick Gilliland
  • Ray and Elva Haberthur Memorial
  • Hass Family
  • The Amy Helpenstell Liberal Arts
  • Derek James Jackson Art
  • Tyler John Memorial
  • Jumer's Casino and Hotel - 3 scholarships
  • Judith A. Katz
  • Donavin J. Keim - 2 scholarships
  • R. Decker Magee Memorial
  • The Marler Clark Science
  • Herb Niemann
  • Charlie White/Richard Klatt Purple Tuna Creativity
  • Darrell and Mary Anne Reynolds Automotive
  • Darrell and Mary Anne Reynolds
  • Jayovontae "Jaree" Roberts - 2 scholarships
  • Rock Island Township
  • Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation - 3 scholarships
  • Chet Schultz
  • Terry Stephens Memorial
  • Thoms Family Above and Beyond* - up to 5 scholarships
  • Elizabeth Kennel Williams
  • Women's Computer Science, I.T. & Math
  • DW Young Memorial

*Scholarships having separate application and/or time-frame, please see counselors for more information

Events & Announcements

Rock Island High School Seniors: the Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation Scholarship Application is online. Seniors can apply for any of the 36 separate named scholarships awarding up to 50 individual scholarships totaling $64,200 available through this application. Just one application package is required to apply for one or more scholarships. Application deadline is March 6, 2019. See your counselor or contact the Education Foundation for more information.

The 2019 Austin Academic Achievement Awards and Scholarship Night will be held on May 16th in the Rock Island High School Auditorium. Please join us as we celebrate and recognize the Top Ten students from each class, award the first and second place seniors in eight academic areas, and present our Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation scholarships to the Class of 2019. It's a wonderful night to celebrate the achievements of so many of our great Rock island High School students. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony. Please rsvp to the Education Foundation if you plan to attend!