Austin Academic Achievement Awards

The Austin Academic Achievement Awards is a Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation program rewarding academic excellence. Each year, the Top Ten students of each class are recognized and the top 2 seniors (as determined by teachers) in ten academic areas are awarded scholarships. Those areas receiving scholarships in the amount of $2,000 for 1st place and $1,500 for 2nd place are:

Career & Technical Education
EL - English Learners
Fine Arts - Performing
Fine Arts - Visual
Social Studies
World Languages

The awards are presented at the Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation's Austin Academic Achievement Awards and Scholarship Night. Hundreds of students, families, scholarship benefactors and friends attend the event held in the Rock Island High School Auditorium each year in May.


The Academic Achievement Awards was originally established by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce in 1980 to recognize academic achievement in all Rock Island County high schools. When the Chamber made the decision to end the program, Rock Island High School teacher and community leader Chuck Austin turned to the Education Foundation to ensure the awarding of academic excellence continued for Rock Island High School students. In 2018, the Education Foundation renamed the awards the "Austin Academic Achievement Awards" to honor Chuck and his determination to insure the continuance of this worthwhile program.

Since 1981, over 600 students have received scholarship assistance through the Austin Academic Achievement Awards. The program and scholarships are made possible by the generosity of alumni, businesses, and members of our community who understand the value of acknowledging the academic achievements of our students and believe in helping them further their education.

For a complete list of all Austin Academic Achievement Award winners, click here

Learn More

For more information about the Austin Academic Achievement Awards, please contact us at (309) 581-2154 or rimef@rimsd41.org.

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Support Academic Excellence!

If you'd like to support academic excellence through the Austin Academic Achievement Awards and add your name to the list of contributors for this year's awards program, please send your gift directly to:

Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation - AAAA
2101 Sixth Avenue
Rock Island, IL. 61201

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