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Scholarships Page 2 

Beginning April 1st

Scholarship List for 2023-2024 Continued

*Scholarships are listed in Date Order*


***Scholarship links are added when the application or site becomes available. The underlined titles are linked to either a website or an application document. Check availability often and HIT REFRESH in your browser to ensure the most recent update is shown.


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***NEW Dennis Litwiler Scholarship

  • Scholarships will be awarded to Seniors of the current Mercer County High School graduating class.

  • Applicants  must have demonstrated positive moral and ethical values in his or her life.  Other value factors include character, attitude, community service and leadership.

  • Each Dennis Litwiler Scholarship will be presented upon proof or enrollment in either an accredited Vocational School or two or four year accredited college or University. Acceptance into an accredited Paramedic program would also be acceptable.

Due Date: April 1, 2023

***NEW*** Farmers Merchant Bank of IL

Must be a graduating senior from Mercer County High School or Rockridge High School.
Must plan to attend an accredited two- or four-year university majoring in agriculture,finance, or business.
Must plan to attend a vocational-technical trade school or apprenticeship.

Due Date - April 1, 2023

Illinois Masonic Scholarship

The scholarship application for the masonic scholarships will be online only this year. One application is submitted for the six available scholarships, each of which has unique qualifications

Due Date -  April 1, 2023

Lilamae Sipes Memorial Scholarship

Students pursuing non traditional schooling (trade school or certification program).

Due Date - April 1, 2024


Illinois Grand Council Nursing Scholarship Fund

To assist students who are pursuing a career in nursing.

Due Date - April 1, 2024

Fosters Voice Scholarship

This one-time $1,000 scholarship will be awarded any senior that plans to further his or her education in a field that aims to help others live a better life.

Due date - April 1, 2024

Robert and Dorothy Sponsler Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship open to all Mercer County seniors who are planning on pursuing a post-secondary education.

Due Date - April 1, 2023

Order of the Eastern Star

This scholarship is open to all Mercer County seniors who are planning on pursuing a post-secondary education.  Return to counselor’s office.

Due Date - April 1, 2023

Brad’s Collision Service Industrial Arts Scholarship

Pursuing a career in an industrial arts field.

Apr. 1 of year applying

Mercer County Retired Teachers Association

Entering Education Field

Due Date -  April 1, 2023

***NEW***Marquis "What Fuels You" Scholarship

Marquis "What Fuels You" Scholarship, awarding a total of $10,000 in scholarships with up to two $2,500 scholarships for all students that live within a 90 mile radius of Hennepin and will be enrolled in college, graduate school, or a technical institute for the Fall 2023 semester.

The scholarship requires applicants to complete three essay questions (500-750 words) and provide one teacher recommendation

Due Date - April 1, 2023

American Legion Scholarships

Several different scholarships available.  Please check criteria & deadlines for each.

Due Date - April 1, 2023

Connie Sue Smith Memorial

Must show financial need. Return to counselor’s office.

Due Date - April 3, 2023


Mail to: Kiwanis Scholarship,PO Box 92, Aledo, IL 61231

2nd Tues. of April (April 11, 2023)

William and Alice B. Cubbage Scholarship

Mercer County High School seniors only

Due Date 3rd Friday in April - April 14, 2023

Aledo Lodge No. 252

The Aledo Lodge is offering two scholarships this year: one to a college bound student and one to a trade bound student. 

Submit applications to Aledo Lodge No. 252 - 101 S.W. 3rd St. Aledo, Il 61231

Due Date - April 14, 2023

Mercer County D.A.R.E.

Must have graduated from an elementary D.A.R.E. program or participated in a junior high D.A.R.E. program.

*applicant must be drug, alcohol, & tobacco free

Due Date - April 14, 2023

***NEW***Builder of Men Farmhouse Fraternity

To be eligible you must be a male student who will be attending the University of Illinois for the first time during the next fall semester. All majors are encouraged to apply.

Due Date - April 15, 2023

Benjamin W. Hess Scholarship

Offering (1) $1000 scholarship to a MCHS graduating senior. Must plan on attending a 2-year, 4-year, vocational, trade, or technical school. Preference given to the following: an athlete, band member, or arts student, and one with military family background (but not limited to these preferences and anyone is encouraged to apply). Greatest attributes of the applicant should include solid character, a sense of humor, a kind heart, and a friend to all. Please include a picture of yourself in your favorite place or with your favorite hobby, something that is meaningful to you. Completed applications must be turned into the Mercer County High School Guidance Office no later than 

April 15 of the application year.  


Ken Cox Lions Agriculture Scholarship

The only stipulation is that the senior is steering himself or herself into the agriculture field of study.

Due Date - April 15, 2023

Cheryl Long Helping Hand

Open to all students with priority given to students entering a Medical Field.

Due Date - April 15, 2023

Chris Long Memorial

Open to all students with priority given to students entering a Medical Field.

Due Date - April 15, 2023

Genesis Medical Center, Aledo Auxiliary

Offering five $500 scholarships to applicants who are Mercer County residents planning to study in the medical field.

Due Date - April 15, 2023

Dale Garner Memorial Scholarship

Available to any senior who will be attending college or trade school to pursue a career in the Ag field. (Future welders, electricians, plumbers and millwrights are also encouraged to apply)

Due Date - April 15, 2023

Mercer County Education Association

Intend to work toward teacher certification. Return to counselor’s office.

Due Date - April 16, 2023


S.O.A.R. Scholarship

S – Strength of Character

O – Creating Opportunities to give back to the community

A – Achievement in academics and Voluntarism

R – Resolve shown when faced with an adversarial situation

Due Date - The deadline is 11:59pm CST April 14, 2023 and mailed in entries must be post marked by April 14, 2023 and received by no later than 5pm April 18, 2023.

Mercer County Women for Women

Awarding two (2) scholarships of $500 each and one (1) scholarship of $1000 this year. These are available to female residents of Mercer County of any age who wish to further their education. This is not explicitly for high school seniors. Women pursuing 2 year, 4 year, vocational, or postgraduate education are welcome to apply. Previous winners may apply again.   

Due Date - April 26, 2023 by 5PM

Herbert & Elizabeth (Bogguss) McMeekin Scholarship

*turn in to guidance office.

*GPA of at least 3.0

Fourth Friday of April of year applying - April 28, 2023

Society of American Military Engineers Rock Island Post

Pursuing a career in engineering or physical sciences.

Due Date - March 31, 2023 ***EXTENDED DUE DATE - APRIL 21, 2023***

Mercer County Golden Eagle Athletic Booster Club

Student’s parent/guardian must be member of the Mercer County Athletic Booster Club with paid dues.
Student must be a senior at Mercer County High School and participated in one or more of the following sports/activities: Cross Country, Football,Volleyball, Dance Squad, Cheerleading, Flags Squad, Basketball, Wrestling,Track, Softball, Baseball and/or Fishing Team.

Have formal plans to pursue a post high school education at a college, university pursuing bachelor’s or associate’s degree, trade, technical or vocational school.

Due Date - April 28, 2023

WIN (Women's Issues Network) Scholarship

Residing within a 30-mile radius of Galesburg, Illinois (if currently attending college this would be the person’s permanent address not the school address)

Due Date:April 28, 2023 by 4:30pm

Mercer Credit Union Scholarship

For a graduating senior planning to further their education. Must be a member of Mercer Credit Union.To become a member or acquire a scholarship application please email: 

Due Date - April 28, 2023

David Wayne Miller Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement

Exhibited a love of artistic expression with plans for further education.

Due Date - April 30, 2023

***NEW*Illinois Nursing Education Scholarship Program

This program provides assistance to individuals pursuing a certificate in practical nursing, an associate degree in nursing, a hospital-based nursing diploma, a baccalaureate degree in nursing or a graduate degree in nursing.

Due Date - April 30, 2023

Dean Ritter Trust for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Must have significant hearing loss in one or both ears. 

Due date -  May 1, 2023

***New***Johnny Green Memorial Scholarship

Mr. Green was a kind supporter of New Boston Volunteer Ambulance Service. Upon his passing it was decided to award a $1000 scholarship to a Mercer County High School graduating senior in his memory. The student must be interested in pursuing a career as an EMT-B or a Paramedic. The scholarship will be awarded upon proof of acceptance into a program.

Due Date - May 1, 2023

Mellinger Education Foundation

Application and transcript must be received by May 1

Mellinger Foundation, 1025 East Broadway, Monmouth, Il 61462

(Application available starting Feb. 1)

May 1 of year applying TBA

Mercer County Jaycees Scholarship

Application must be mailed to Mercer County Jaycees PO Box 97 Aledo, IL 61231.  

Due Date - May 1, 2023

*NEW*Sandra Marshall Memorial Scholarship

Each year a $1000.00 scholarship will be awarded to 3-5 promising female African American high school seniors who exude the values of Mrs. Marshall- servitude, kindness, and acceptance of others.  A priority is given for students pursuing a career in teaching & social work with students that have experienced adversity.

Due Date - May 1,2023


Rock Island Optometric Mercer County  Family Eye Care Scholarship

To be turned into the Guidance Office at MCHS

Due Date - May 13, 2023 ***NEW DATE - May 5th***


***NEW*** Student Scholarships has increased our scholarships this year to $1,000 each. Both scholarships have an application.

Due Date - June 1, 2023

**NEW**Early Childhood Education Scholarship

Any student pursuing their undergraduate or graduate degree in order to become an early childhood education teacher will be eligible to apply for this $1,000 scholarship award. The Early Childhood Education Scholarship was created to help future educators on their path to earning their certification.

Due Date - June 1, 2023

**NEW**City Property Management HOA Service Scholarship

  • Applicant must plan to attend college by fall semester of 2024.

  • Must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.

  • A transcript must be attached to application for consideration

  • Due:  July 31, 2024


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