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Scholarship List for 2022-2023

*Scholarships are listed in Date Order*


The new FAFSA application process starts October 2022 at  Federal/state moneys are distributed on a first come/first serve basis.  If you need assistance completing the application please contact the counselor’s office.


This list includes possible scholarships opportunities for the 2022-2023 school year. The site will be updated periodically as scholarships and/or due dates become available for the 2022-2023 school year.  (Last year’s scholarship due date and/or scholarship will be left on the list until the new due date/scholarship is available so students can check criteria and have a general idea of the due date.  Check the links every couple weeks for updated information. Some sites do not update the information until closer to the due date.)   


If you have any questions please contact the counselor’s office. 


***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.

Other Scholarship Listings

For more scholarship listings and college/loan information please visit the following web sites:

  1. ISAC -

  2. Fastweb - financial aid - 

  3. Scholarship Aide - 

  4. Sallie Mae - 

  5. Financial aid - 

  6.  ACT's Free Financial Aide Book

  7. Federal Student Financial Aid Homepage –

  8. Pre-Paid Tuition –

  9. Student Award Search Aid 

  10. Student Scholarships


Reminder: Scholarships are free money; you should not pay a fee to apply.

Follow the High School Guidance Office on Facebook for up to date reminders and announcements. Just "like" the Mercer County HS Guidance Office when you log in.

Acorn Equality Fund

Due Date - Sept. 23, 2022

College Raptor Scholarship

Due Date Sept. 30, 2022

AES Engineers Scholarship

Due Date - Oct. 8, 2022

Coca-Cola Scholarship

Due Date - Oct. 31, 2022

 Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Due Date - Nov. 3, 2022

Stokes Educational Scholarship Program

High School Seniors who plan to major in Computer Science or Computer/Electrical Engineering

Due date - Oct. 31, 2022

Greenhouse Scholars

*cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above required

Due Date - November 1, 2022

Hagan Scholarship

Hagan Scholarship

Due Date - December 1, 2022

Burger King Scholars

Due Date - Dec. 15, 2021

Kid's Chance Inc. of Illinois

Kids’ Chance Inc. of Illinois was founded with the goal of awarding academic college scholarships to deserving children of workers serious injured or killed on the job.​

Due Date - Dec 31, 2022

Equitable Excellence Scholarship

*Only the first 10,000 applications will be accepted.

Due Date - Dec. 16, 2022

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

*Students grade 9-12, must submit an essay

Due Date - Jan. 13, 2023

TEACH Outdoors Scholarship

Awarded directly to a student who is furthering his/her education by attending college, an university or trade school.  Applicant must have a minimum of 3.0/4.0 or 3.75/5.0 GPA.

Due Date - January 15, 2022


Quad City Regional Auto Show Scholarship

Due Date - Jan. 15, 2023

FFA Scholarships

*There are numerous scholarships that can be applied for through the FFA Scholarship.

Due Date - January 12, 2023

Illinois State Historical Society

Due Date - January 15, 2023

Trinity Health Foundation

-includes the following awards and scholarships:

  • Granger E. Westberg Pastoral Care Award

  • Kenneth D. Moburg Administrative Award

  • Kenneth D. Moburg Educational Scholarship

  • Lynn Vermeer Youth Development Scholarship

Due Date - January 15, 2023

Quad City Engineering & Science Council

*Plan to pursue a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) degree at a 4 year university.  

Due Date - January 24, 2023

IACAC Scholarship

*GPA at least 3.0 on 4.0 scale

Due Date - January 27, 2023

CBAI Foundation for Community Banking

*Questions? E-mail

*Banks participating in our area: BankORION, Aledo, IL  

Due Date - Students should return essays to their sponsoring bank by February 1, 2023

*NEW*Martin Ryan Agriculture Scholarship

Honoring the lifelong crop and livestock owner of Ryan Farms (Viola, Illinois), this scholarship demonstrates Martin's belief in education and opportunity which is the inspiration for the award to a young future farmer of Western Illinois. One $500 scholarship is awarded to a High School Senior from Western Illinois with a GPA of at least a 2.5/4.0 scale who plans to get a post-secondary credential. Must show financial need and be active in Agriculture and Credential/Major in Agriculture field. 

Due Date - February 15, 2023

Davidson Fellows Scholarships

Due Date - February 15, 2023


IAA Foundation Scholarship Foundation

** Steve Willits Memorial Scholarship - a renewing scholarship each year of college if the student maintains a 3.5 GPA. Mercer County residents only.

Due Date Feb. 15, 2023

Quad Cities Community Foundation

* Includes the following scholarships for residents of Mercer or Rock Island County:

  • Brand Boeshaar Scholarship

  • Bryant-Holmes Scholarship for Mercer County High School

  • Diana DePover-Nesseler Memorial Scholarship

  • Don. E. & Charlotte Williams

  • Edwin R. Adland & Ruth Adland

  • Elise Brett Scholarship

  • Great River Bend Cyclone Award Scholarship

  • John R Kiley Memorial Scholarship

  • Kelly Marie McQuate Memorial Scholarship

  • Louis F. Bulechek Memorial

  • Morency Family Scholarship

Due Date - Feb. 15, 2023

Illinois School Counselor Association - Post-Secondary Scholarship

$1,000 ISCA student scholarship. All applications must be completed online through the Google Form.

Due Date - February 17, 2023

Republican Women's Club and Central Committee of Henderson County Scholarship

Applicant must be a Henderson County resident.  Turn applications into the Counseling Office. 

Due Date - Feb 25, 2022

The CVM-Illinois Youth Mentoring Health Scholarship

*Quad City area high school seniors and /or undergraduate students who plan to pursue or are enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study in math, science or the medical sciences from an accredited college or university.  

Due Date - February 28, 2023

Fred S. Bailey

*must attend the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign to apply.

Due Date - Feb. 28, 2023

Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau

*Parents must be members of the Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau.

*Pursuing education in agriculture or agri-business.

*No written applications accepted.

Due Date - Feb. 28, 2022

IHMVCU Cash for Class Scholarship

*Must be a IHMVCU member

Due Feb 28, 2023

World Class Mediacom

Due Date -  February 28, 2023

Holocaust Education Scholarship

Ida Kramer Essay Contest Theme: Children of the Holocaust


Shnurman Holocaust Visual Arts Contest

Due date -  March 1, 2023


Mercer County 4-H Memorial Scholarship

Must be an active member of a Mercer County 4-H club & a high school senior.

Due Date - March 1, 2022

Patti Jeanne Higgins 4-H Scholarship

Resident of Mercer or Warren County, actively involved in 4-H for a minimum of 3 years.

Due to the Mercer County Extension Office in Aledo

Due Date  - March 1, 2022

Township Officials of Illinois

Awarding seven $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors who are attending Illinois colleges & universities in the fall of 2021.

Due Date - March 1, 2022

Illinois AMVETS

*must be a 2020 high school graduate

*preference given to military families

Due Date - March 1, 2022

Illinois Odd Fellows And Rebekahs

*Applicants need not be affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, but must be a resident of Illinois and a citizen of the U.S.

Due Date - March 1, 2022

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Due Date - March 1, 2022

Illinois Chemical Education Foundation Scholarship

*open to all future chemists, chemical engineers or environmental engineers

Due Date - March 3, 2023

Christian Leadership Award

*A $3,000 scholarship given out to a Christian male freshman attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Fall 2021.

Due Date - March 5, 2022


***NEW Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District Scholarship

$500.00 Scholarship is awarded to a Mercer County resident who is
a senior pursuing a career in Agriculture, Natural Resources, or
Environmental Studies. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Due Date - March 7, 2022

Illinois Retired Teacher Association

Applicant must be endorsed by an active IRTA member or descendant of an IRTA member

Application must be submitted prior to student’s junior or senior year of college.  Student must be accepted into a Teacher Certificate Program.

Due Date - March 7, 2022

Kathryn G Hansen Scholarship

Pursuing a higher education in an office professional, secretarial, or business-related field within the State of IL with preference given at the Univ. of IL.

Due Date - March 14, 2022


Horatio Alger Association - ***JUNIORS ONLY***

Due Date - March 15, 2023

Edmond and Hebel FFA Scholarship

Turn application into Guidance Office please.

Scholarship Application -Word Version

Due Date - March 9, 2022

West Central Illinois National Deer Association Conservation Scholarship

Quality Deer Management Association Scholarship

Must be a graduating seniors with a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent grade point average and pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education (i.e. Junior College, Community College, Technical College, College or University).

Due Date - April 30, 2021

Martin Luther Scholarship

*Applicants must be male, confirmed members of a Lutheran congregation, and attending college in the Fall 2021.

Due Date - March 15, 2021

Great River Teacher Corps Scholarship

*For Education Majors planning to attend or attending WIU

*Must agree to teach in a small town or rural school in West-central Illinois after graduation

Due Date - March 15, 2021

Illinois Sheriff's Association

Return applications to Mercer County Sheriff’s Department:

Att: Dusty Terrill, Sheriff

906 SW 3rd Street, Aledo, IL 61231

Due Date - March 15, 2022


Compeer Financial High School Senior Scholarship

Graduating high school seniors who have an agriculture or rural background, or plan to major in an agriculture-related field at a community college, university or technical school are encouraged to apply between now and March 15.

Each scholarship recipient will receive $1,500 for educational tuition expenses. Qualified applicants must be graduating seniors who live in Compeer Financial’s 144-county territory and have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Recipients will be selected based on a combination of academic achievement; agricultural, community and youth organization involvement; and essays.

Due Date - March 15, 2023


Consumer Credit Scholarship - James Lucas Memorial Scholarship

Due Date - March 15, 2023

Rock Island Arsenal Welcome Club

*Must be a dependent of a sponsor from ONE of the following categories:  Active Duty Military, Reserve Component, or National Guard Member assigned to Rock Island Arsenal.  A Department of the Army or Department of Defense Civilian employed at Rock Island Arsenal or retired from Rock Island Arsenal.  A retired or deceased active duty military member who is or was associated with Rock Island Arsenal. A RIAWC member or a volunteer in a Rock Island Arsenal philanthropic organization.

Due Date - March 18, 2022

Exchange Club Youth of the Year

Due Date - March 17, 2023

Chapter H PEO

P.E.O. is an international philanthropic organization of women whose goal is to promote education for women. The Aledo P.E.O. Chapter H is pleased to offer a minimum of $500 scholarship to a graduating senior girl from the Mercer County School District who plans to further her education at an accredited community college or a four-year institution.  To be eligible, the young lady must be ranked 11th or lower in class rank and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Due Date-  March 20, 2023


Farmers State Bank of Western IL

Farmers State Bank will award one (1) $1,500 scholarship to a Mercer County High School for a graduating senior that plans to continue his/her education through an accredited program at a 4-year college, 2-year college, trade school or vocational school. Due Date - March 18, 2022

GFWC Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs Scholarships

Minimum award is $1,000 in multiple scholarships this year in art, civic engagement, drama, music, and vocational studies. Open to both Male and Female students. *Must attend an Illinois college/junior college/university/technical/trade school for Fall Semester 2022

Due Date - March 18, 2022

American Legion O’Fallerans

Post # 121

MCHS senior, GPA of 2.5 or above

American Legion Aledo

Due Date - March 20, 2022

Elyssa's Mission Scholarship

Students are eligible to receive up to $5,000.

Due Date - March 20, 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 - March 22, 2022  *******EXTENDED TO APRIL 1, 2022

Aledo Main Street

Aledo Main Street Board of Directors have decided to change up this year's Annual Scholarship Program. We will still give (3) $600 scholarships to Mercer County High School seniors but will only be accepting 12 applicants this year and applicants will be required to write a minimum 500 word essay on why they feel supporting and shopping local is important in our community. Aledo Main Street Board of Directors will select some excerpts from each essay for the applicant to read and be recorded for social media and WRMJ.Turn into the High School Guidance Office. 

Due Date -  Scholarship Applications accepted from March 7th - March 18th


Society of American Military Engineers Rock Island Post

Pursuing a career in engineering or physical sciences.

Due Date - March 25, 2022

Mercer County Farm Bureau

Students must be a member or a dependent of a Mercer County Farm Bureau member to qualify. This scholarship is for students planning to attend junior colleges, 4 year universities, or trade schools.

Due Date - March 24, 2023

Rock Island County Farm Bureau

*Applicants must be a member or a dependent of a member of the RI Farm Bureau. Applicants DO NOT need to major in agriculture to be eligible.

Due Date - March 25, 2022 by 4:00 PM

***NEW***Pepsi-Cola of Rock Island Scholarship

Due Date - March 31, 2022


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 - March 31, 2022


Odenza Marketing Group Award

GPA of 2.5 or greater

Due Date - March 31, 2022

Trinity Muscatine Scholarships

Two $1,000 scholarships available:

    *One for high school seniors graduating in 2022 who are dependents of Trinity Muscatine employees.

    *The second for high school seniors who are family members of Trinity Muscatine Friends volunteers.

PDF attached - For Trinity Muscatine Employee Dependents

PDF attached - For Trinity Muscatine Friends Volunteer Family Members

Both due - March 31, 2023

CNA Scholarship - MFH

Mercer Foundation for Health CNA Scholarship

Due Date - March 31, 2022

Beyond the Cure National Children's Cancer Society

Childhood cancer survivor

Due Date - March 31, 2022

Dean Ritter Trust for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Due date -  April 1, 2022

Connie Sue Smith Memorial

Must show financial need.

Return to counselor’s office.

Due Date - April 1, 2022

Tri-County School Food Service Association

Plans to major in the area of Food Service, Home Econ., Dietetics, Child Care, or other related health fields.

Due Date - April 1, 2021

Lilamae Sipes Memorial Scholarship

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

Due Date - April 1, 2022


Illinois Grand Council Nursing Scholarship Fund

To assist students who are pursuing a career in nursing.

Due Date - April 1, 2022

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, 2020

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.

April 1, 2022

Brad’s Collision Service Industrial Arts Scholarship

Pursuing a career in an industrial arts field.

Brad’s Collision Service Industrial Arts

Apr. 1 of year applying

Mercer County Retired Teachers Association

Entering Education Field

Mercer County Retired Teachers

Due Date -  April 1, 2023

American Legion Scholarships

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

Legacy Scholarship

Due Date - April 1, 2022


Richard Smith Memorial Scholarship

Must be entering a Trade/Vocational School in the Fall of 2020.

Due Date - April 3, 2020


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

John Michael Perry Scholarship - ***Not offered 2021-2022 school year

Graduating male planning to attend a 2-yr, 4-yr, vocational, trade, or technical school.  Preference given to the following: baseball player, basketball player, one with farming background, or one going into law enforcement.  

***Completed applications can be turned into the guidance office or mail to Gina Young 2681-125th Ave. Viola, IL 61486. 

Due date - April 12, 2021


Mercer County Women for Women

Awarding three (3) scholarships of $500 each 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 post-graduate education are welcome to apply. Previous winners may apply again.   

Due Date - April 12, 2022

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, 2022

NEW* 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.  


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.


IFBW Scholarship

Incoming Freshman Scholarship for a female graduating senior.  Must hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4 point scale. 

Due date  - April 15, 2022


Mail to: Kiwanis Scholarship

PO Box 92, Aledo, IL 61231

2nd Tues. of April (April 12, 2022)


Ken Cox Lions Agriculture Scholarship

Attending a 2 or 4 year program majoring in Agriculture or Veterinary Medicine or a qualifying vocational Agricultural program.  Minimum 2.5 GPA 

Due Date - April 15, 2022

Cheryl Long Helping Hand

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

Due Date - April 15, 2022

Chris Long Memorial

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

Due Date - April 15, 2022

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, 2022

William and Alice B. Cubbage Scholarship

Mercer County High School seniors only

Due Date 3rd Friday in April

Due Date - April 14, 2023


Western IL Retired Educators (WIRE)Scholarship

Open to students pursuing a degree in the field of education. All children, grandchildren, and legal wards of deceased, current IEA-NEA members, divorced, or IEA-Retired members are eligible to apply, regardless of age or marital status, as long as they plan to pursue a career in teaching. All current IEA-NEA certified teachers are eligible to apply for a scholarship as well.

Due Date  - April 15, 2022

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, 2022

Mercer County Education Association

Intend to work toward teacher certification.

Return to counselor’s office.

Due Date - April 16, 2022

Mercer County Golden Eagle Athletic Booster Club

$2000 will be divided and awarded to the top four applicants ($500 each). The athlete's parent/guardian must be a member of the MCAB Club with paid dues.

***Email to Beth Whitenack, or mail to Beth Whitenack 803 SW 2nd Ave. Aledo, IL 61231. Any questions call/text 309-373-4098

Due Date - April 22, 2022

Herbert & Elizabeth (Bogguss) McMeekin Scholarship

*turn in to guidance office.

*GPA of at least 3.0

Fourth Friday of April of year applying

Due Date - April 28, 2023

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 29, 2022

David Wayne Miller Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement

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

Due Date - April 30, 2022

"Save a Life" Scholarship

Must be 18.  Planning to enroll in healthcare or education fields. 

Due Date - May 1, 2022


American College Foundation Visionary Scholarship

Applicant must be currently enrolled as a High School Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior (2022, 2023, 2024, & 2025) and must be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.  Financial need is NOT considered; all income levels are encouraged to apply.

Due Date - May 1, 2022

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 2, 2022


Rock Island Optometric Mercer County  Family Eye Care Scholarship

To be turned into the Guidance Office at MCHS

Due Date - May 13, 2022


Western Illinois Regional Council-Community Action Agency Scholarships

Several $2,000 scholarships available for individuals desiring to further their educational training through an Illinois community college, vocational school, college or university. Must be a resident of Hancock, Henderson, Knox, McDonough or Warren County.

Due Date - May 7, 2021

Kid's Chance Inc. of IL

Kid’s Chance Incorporated of Illinois Scholarship

For children of parents/workers who were seriously injured or killed on the job.

Due Date - May 31, 2022

Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program

Must be enrolled in a 2 year or less career or technical degree/certificate program in Fall 2022. *Demonstrate a financial need; applicants must be Pell Grant eligible.

Due June 15, 2022


National Wild Turkey Federation's Academic Scholarship

*Applicant must have current FOID card

*If selected as the scholarship recipient, student is required to attend the NWTF banquet.  

Due Date - June 15, 2021


Odenza Marketing Group Volunteer Scholarship

*GPA 2.5 – must have contributed 50 hours of volunteer service over the last 12 months.

Due Date - October 30, 2022


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