Thoms Family Above and Beyond Scholarship

The Thoms Family Above & Beyond Scholarship identifies and honors Rock Island High School Juniors who demonstrate problem solving, organizational, and leadership skills in projects of their own choosing. The Thoms Family Foundation partnered with the Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation creating the scholarship to encourage and reward the leadership and entrepreneurial spirit of Rock Island High School students. Any RIHS student may submit a proposal with an original project of their choosing. Potential topics for proposals could explore business/entrepreneurship, conservation, technology, community service, or politics. The program overlaps the spring of the junior and fall of the senior years.

Approximately five juniors are chosen each year to participate. Applicants are chosen on the basis of their stated project goal and their detailed plans to accomplish that goal. Essays, grades, class rank, and test scores are not utilized to determine participation. Selected students are awarded a $500 scholarship for participating and are eligible for a $5,000 scholarship. All scholarships are awarded in the second semester of the senior year.

Complete information about the Above and Beyond Scholarship and access the application can be found through this link:


For a complete list of all Thoms Family Above and Beyond Scholarship recipients and their projects, click here.

2019-2020 Thoms Recipients 1 2000 books... Ready, set, read! Asrielle Allen receiving scholarship

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If you would like to start your own named scholarship or help make a difference in a young adult's life, contact the Education Foundation at rimef@rimsd41.org. Our scholarships are not just money; they are an opportunity for the honorees to attend the university, college, or vocational/technical school of their choosing. Please consider giving and help our deserving Rock Island High School students continue their education.