The RIMEF has 51 named scholarship funds providing up to 77 individual scholarships. These scholarships provide over $100,000 in financial assistance to Rock Island High School graduates. Average as well as high performing Rock Island High School seniors 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

***A copy of your high school transcript will be sent directly to the RIMEF from the RIHS Counseling Office.

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"

  • Nell Althoff Family Memorial - up to 4 scholarships
  • Charles O. Austin, Jr. Leadership*
  • Bally's Quad Cities - 3 scholarships
  • 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
  • Donald E. Devinney Business & Business Education
  • Barbara Fackel AVID*
  • "Failure is Not an Option" - The Candice Hinze Williams Drama
  • Ben D. and Nancy K. Brown Farrar
  • Jim and Doug Franz Memorial
  • Rick Gilliland
  • Ray and Elva Haberthur Memorial
  • Hass Family
  • Heart of a Rock
  • The Amy Helpenstell Liberal Arts
  • Jerry and Sue (Farrow) Horton
  • Derek James Jackson Art
  • Timothy Joannides Family Foundation
  • Tyler John Memorial
  • Judith A. Katz
  • Donavin J. Keim - 2 scholarships
  • Knights of Pythias
  • R. Decker Magee Memorial
  • The Marler Clark Science
  • Mollie Montgomery
  • Herb Niemann
  • R. Dale Owen Be the Light Memorial
  • Charlie White/Richard Klatt Purple Tuna Creativity
  • Darrell and Mary Anne Reynolds Automotive
  • Darrell and Mary Anne Reynolds
  • Miles W. Rich Family
  • Jayovontae "Jaree" Roberts - 2 scholarships
  • Rock Island Township
  • Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation - 3 scholarships
  • Fred Houlton "Service Above Self" Scholarship of Rock Island Rotary
  • Louise and Chet Schultz
  • Schwiebert Family
  • The William and Saralie Shallman Memorial
  • Terry Stephens Memorial
  • Thoms Family Above and Beyond* - up to 5 scholarships
  • Steven and Mabel M. Velge Track and Cross-Country Scholarship - 2 scholarships
  • Elizabeth Kennel Williams
  • Women's Computer Science, I.T. & Math
  • Rosemary Woodward
  • DW Young Memorial

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

Events & Announcements

$141,200 in scholarships were awarded at the Austin Academic Achievement Awards and RIMEF Scholarship Night on May 9th in the Rock Island High School Auditorium. 92 scholarships were presented that night to 57 Rock Island High School Seniors. 

2022 Austin Academic Achievement Awards & RIMEF Scholarships Night

Scholarship Recipients

Class of 2023

Class of 2022

Class of 2021

Class of 2020

Class of 2019

Class of 2018

Class of 2017

Class of 2016

Class of 2015

Class of 2014

Award Night Programs

2023 Program

2022 Program

2021 Program