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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.

2020-2021 Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation Board of Directors:

Cindy Lukasik, President
Pryce T. Boeye, Vice-President
Barb Cady, Treasurer
Shellee Showalter, Secretary

Steve Andich
Bryan Blew
Zach Edwards
Chris Elsberg

Rachel Gustafson
Jerry Jones
Dr. Reginald Lawrence
Bob Swanson

Monta Ponsetto, Executive Director

Honorary Board:

Pryce Boeye
Bill Cleaver
Reed Doughty
Rose Ann Hass
Ted Johnson
Russ Kennel
Jody Leiby
Jon Loquist
Sue McDevitt
Gary Miner
John Phillips
Gary Rowe
Cosette Thoms
Dave VanLandegen
Don Wentler

Events & Announcements

  • The 41st Annual RIMEF Austin Academic Achievement Awards and Scholarship Night went virtual again this year with a livestream video presentation. 127 Rock Island High School students received Top Ten honors, Austin Academic Achievement Scholarships, or RIMEF Scholarships. In all, $93,300 in scholarships were awarded to the Class of 2021! Thank you to all the AAAA contributors, our scholarship benefactors, RIHS teachers, and donors for making these awards possible. Special thanks to dphilms for the creation of our 2021 RIMEF AAAA & Scholarships video presentation. You can view all the awards through this link starting at May 13 at 6:30 pm or anytime thereafter:

    Congratulations to all our remarkable students and the Class of 2021!
  • The RIMEF awarded $10,000 in prizes to the winners at the INCubatoredu - Entrepreneurship Class Final Pitch held last evening in the RIHS Auditorium! The winning teams were:
    • Best Business Model, $5,000 - The Cobblers
    • Best Business Idea, $2,500 - Pooh Pods
    • Best Pitch, $2,500 - Boardable
    Each team may use their prize money to help start their business or as scholarships. Judges for the evening were: Mayor Mike Thoms, Pryce T. Boeye, Andrew Dasso, Doug Hultquist, Ty Lewis, John Nagle, and Monta Ponsetto. The entire Final Pitch can be viewed through this link- please advance to 32:50 for the start of the program: https://boxcast.tv/view/entrepreneurship-pitches-192299.

    Congratulations to all teams and to theINCubatoredu program at RIHS!
  • The 2021-2022 PRIME Grant Application is now available! The deadline for receipt of application and completed cover sheet is June 11, 2021. All RIMSD41 teachers may apply for one of our 3 awards - up to $1,500 for Teacher Grants, up to $3,000 for Departmental/School Grants, and up to $5,000 for Multi-School Grants to be used during the 2021-2022 school year. Applicants will be notified of status on July 16 and awards will be announced during the Staff Institute on July 29. Find the link to the application on the PRIME Grants page of this website under the "Grants" tab.
  • Seniors: The 2021 RIMEF Scholarship Application is now available! The RIMEF has 41 named scholarships providing up to 56 scholarship opportunities. Last year, the Education Foundation awarded a total of $89,800 in scholarships just 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, 2021 - 4:30 p.m. Please contact the Education Foundation at rimef@rimsd41.org or 309.581.2154 with questions or for more information.
  • The RIMEF has just added 5 new scholarships to be awarded to the Class of 2021! Please check the "Our Scholarships" page on this website for descriptions of these new awards benefiting our deserving RIHS seniors. These new scholarships increase our total to benefit Rocky grads to nearly $100,000 in named scholarships and Austin Academic Achievement Awards. The Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation 2021 Scholarship Application will be posted to our website and to the Counseling page of the RIHS website shortly after January 1, 2021.
  • $58,438 in PRIME (Promoting Rock Island Milan Education) Grants has been awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year! 27 PRIME Grants have been awarded - 15 Teacher, 8 Departmental/School and 4 Multi-School to 33 teachers funding a variety of programs and materials - many to assist them as they teach their students remotely. See a list of all the grants funded in our upcoming Fall 2020 Newsletter and on this website under the "Grants" tab - "PRIME Grants. " Over $800,000 in PRIME Grants (originally called Teacher Grants) have been issued to the teachers and schools of the district since the program started. In addition to the funds for their programs, each teacher will receive an award letter and an award plaque to hang in their classroom courtesy of Edwards Creative! Congratulations to all the recipients and thanks for using our PRIME Grants to provide new and innovative programs and materials to your classrooms!
  • The Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation (RIMEF) Board of Directors has awarded $40,277.66 to fund internet access for Digital Equity in the Rock Island-Milan School District (RIMSD) over a period of 3 years. The RIMEF's funds will provide 26 indoor/outdoor antennas and 3 years of internet service for 28 Cradlepoint cellular routers currently placed throughout Rock Island and Milan. This technology is part of the District’s ROCKfi (Reaching Our Community’s Kids with fidelity) network allowing any RIMSD student to connect through their district-issued Chromebook or personal device. Support of the Digital Equity program is made possible through two $5,000 grants from the Doris and Victor Day Foundation and the Rock Island Community Foundation. Another $2,000 grant was received from the Rauch Family Foundation. The total from these great charitable organizations was added to over $6,000 the RIMEF received from its targeted Birdies for Charity appeal and $28,000 from the RIMEF’s annual distribution.
  • The new 2020-2021 PRIME Grant Application is available! The new deadline for receipt of your application is August 28, 2020. All RIMSD41 teachers may apply for one of our 3 awards - up to $1,500 for Teacher Grants, up to $3,000 for Departmental/School Grants, and up to $5,000 for Multi-School Grants. Awards will be announced October 2, 2020 for use during the 2020-2021 school year. See the link on our PRIME Grants page of this website under the "Grants" tab.

  • The RIMEF Austin Academic Achievement Awards and  Scholarships were announced via a video presentation on May 14. You can view the presentation and see all of our the winners on YouTube or just below...