Scholarship List for 2021-2022

*Scholarships are listed in Date Order*


The new FAFSA application process starts October 2021 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 2021-2022 school year. The site will be updated periodically as scholarships and/or due dates become available for the 2021-2022 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. 24, 2021

College Raptor Scholarship

Due Date Sept. 30, 2021

AES Engineers Scholarship

Due Date - Oct. 8, 2021

Horatio Alger Association

Due Date - Oct. 25, 2021

Coca-Cola Scholarship

Due Date - Oct. 31, 2021

 Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Due Date - Nov. 4, 2021

Stokes Educational Scholarship Program

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

Due date - Oct. 31, 2021

Greenhouse Scholars

*cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above required

Due Date - November 5, 2021


Hagan Scholarship

Hagan Scholarship

Due Date - December 1, 2021

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, 2021

Equitable Excellence Scholarship

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

Due Date - Dec. 17, 2021

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

*Students grade 9-12, must submit an essay

Due Date - Jan. 14, 2022


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. 16, 2022

FFA Scholarships

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

Due Date - January 12, 2022

Illinois State Historical Society

Due Date - January 15, 2022

Quad City Engineering & Science Council

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

Due Date - Jan. 25, 2022

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

  • Trinity Medical Staff Nursing Scholarship

Due Date - January 28, 2022


Illinois School Counselor Association - Post-Secondary Scholarship

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

Due Date - January 31, 2022


Davidson Fellows Scholarships

Due Date - February 9, 2022


IAA Foundation Scholarship Foundation

*72 scholarships awarded

*Parents must be a member of the Illinois Farm Bureau

*Must major in agriculture, agribusiness, or a closely related field

Due Date Feb. 15, 2022

CBAI Foundation for Community Banking

*Questions? E-mail

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

*Please send all applications to

Due Date - Students should return essays to their sponsoring bank by February 1, 2022


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, 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 11, 2022

Illinois PTA

*must be a high school senior

*GPA 3.0

*Enrolling in a college or university in education or education-related degree program, which may include but not limited to: Librarians, Instructional Media Specialists, School Nurses, School Psychologists, or Social Workers (all of which require certification from a State Board of Education)

Due Date - Feb. 14, 2020


World Class Mediacom

Due Date -  Feb 15, 2022

GFWC Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs Scholarships

Awarding $12,000 in multiple scholarships this year in art, drama, music, education and vocational studies. Open to both Male and Female students. *Must attend an Illinois college/junior college/university/technical/trade school for Fall Semester 2021

Due Date - Feb 15, 2021

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 19, 2021

Fred S. Bailey

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

Due Date - Feb. 28, 2022

Karna Foster Impact Scholarship

Due Date - Feb. 28, 2020

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, 2022

Holocaust Education Scholarship

Ida Kramer Essay Contest Theme: Children of the Holocaust

Shnurman Holocaust Visual Arts Contest

Guidelines for both contests at

Due date -  March 1, 2022


Illinois Chemical Education Foundation Scholarship

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

Due Date - March 5, 2022

Consumer Credit Scholarship - James Lucas Memorial Scholarship

Due Date - March 15, 2022


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

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

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


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 2, 2020


Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Due Date - March 1, 2022


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


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 8, 2021


Edmond and Hebel FFA Scholarship

Turn application into Guidance Office please.

Scholarship Application -Word Version

Due Date - March 9, 2021

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


IFBW Scholarship

Awarding six $2,000 scholarships to deserving young women in Illinois. If selected, scholarship winners must be willing to participate in our Speak-Off Competition in Champaign, Illinois, on Saturday, May 2, 2020.

Due date  - March 15, 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


Patti Jeanne Higgins 4-H Scholarship

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

Due March 15, 2020 by 3:30 p.m. to the Mercer County Extension Office in Aledo

Due Date  - March 15, 2021


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 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, 2021


Compeer Financial High School Senior Scholarship

*designated Ag major, interested in an Ag-related field, or have an agricultural or rural background.

*Special consideration will be given to students of parents who do business with Compeer Financial.

Due Date - March 15, 2022


Exchange Club Youth of the Year

Due Date - March 18, 2022

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 18, 2022


American Legion O’Fallerans

Post # 121

MCHS senior, GPA of 2.5 or above

American Legion Aledo

Due Date - March 20, 2021

Elyssa's Mission Scholarship

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

Due Date - March 21, 2022


Aledo Main Street

Aledo Main Street will limit this to the 1st 20 students that have completed all necessary paperwork on or before February 28th..

Due Date -  March 26, 2021


Society of American Military Engineers Rock Island Post

Pursuing a career in engineering or physical sciences.

Due Date - March 26, 2021

Mercer County Farm Bureau

Applicants must be a member or dependent of a member of the MC Farm Bureau.

Due Date - March 26, 2021

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

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 27, 2021


Odenza Marketing Group Award

GPA of 2.5 or greater

Due Date - March 30, 2021

Trinity Muscatine Scholarships

Two $1,000 scholarships available:

    *One for high school seniors graduating in 2021 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, 2022


Roger E Higgins Family Scholarship

Mercer County High School graduates that will attend a 2 year or 4 year College, University, or trade school. Scholarship applications can be turned in to the High School Counselor by the due date below.

Due Date - March 31, 2021

Dean Ritter Trust for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Due date -  March 31, 2021


CNA Scholarship - MFH

Mercer Foundation for Health CNA Scholarship

Due Date - March 31, 2021

Beyond the Cure National Children's Cancer Society

Childhood cancer survivor

Due Date - March 31, 2022

Connie Sue Smith Memorial

Must show financial need.

Return to counselor’s office.

Due Date - April 01, 2021

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, 2021

***New*** Illinois Grand Council Nursing Scholarship Fund

To assist students who are pursuing a career in nursing.

Due Date - April 1, 2021


Tri-State Scholarship

Offered to all who will be attending a Technical or Trade School in 2020. Must have a career in the natural gas and oil industry.

Due Date - April 1, 2020


Mercer County Women for Women

Female applicants only.    

Due Date - April 1, 2020


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 of application year

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, 2022

Farmers State Bank of Western IL

Applications can be turned into the guidance office or emailed to

Due Date - April 1, 2021


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

Submit application to Aledo Lodge No. 252

101 S.W. 3rd St. Aledo, Il 61231

Due Date - April 9, 2021

Mercer County Education Association

Intend to work toward teacher certification.

Return to counselor’s office.

Due Date - April 16, 2021


John Michael Perry Scholarship

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



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 - April 15, 2021


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 23, 2021


Mail to: Kiwanis Scholarship

PO Box 92, Aledo, IL 61231

2nd Tues. of April (April 13, 2021)


Ken Cox Lions Agriculture Scholarship

Majoring in Ag or Veterinary Medicine.  Minimum 2.5 GPA 

Due Date - April 15, 2021

Cheryl Long Helping Hand

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

Due Date - April 15, 2021

Chris Long Memorial

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

Due Date - April 15, 2021

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

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, 2021


American Legion Scholarships

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

Legacy Scholarship

Due Date - April 15, 2021

William and Alice B. Cubbage Scholarship

Mercer County High School seniors only

Due Date 3rd Friday in April

Due Date - April 16, 2021


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-NE members, divorced, or IEA-Retired members are eligible to apply.

Due Date  - April 17, 2020

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 23, 2021

David Wayne Miller Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement

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

Due Date - April 30, 2021

"Save a Life" Scholarship

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

Due Date - May 1, 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 2021 that will lead to employment. *Demonstrate a financial need; applicants must be Pell Grant eligible.

Available May 2021


American College Foundation Visionary Scholarship

Applicant must be currently enrolled as a High School Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior (2021, 2022, 2023, or 2024) 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, 2021

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

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 - May 2, 2021


Mercer County Jaycees Scholarship

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

Due Date - May 3, 2021


Rock Island Optometric Mercer County  Family Eye Care Scholarship

To be turned into the Guidance Office at MCHS

Due Date - May 6, 2021


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


Mercer Credit Union Scholarship

Due Date - May 15, 2021


Peacekeepers Scholarship

*Law enforcement or military dependents only* Return to the Sheriff's Office in the county of your permanent residence.

Due Date - May 15, 2019

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, 2021

HCEDC Alicia Pence Scholarship

Applicant must be a Henderson County resident and maintained at least a 2.0 GPA throughout High School. The student must also be a community volunteer and have an individual or organization support his/her application.

Due Date - May 31, 2020

Women’s Issues Network

1.  Must reside within a 30-mile radius of Galesburg, IL

2. A high school senor attending a school within a 30-mile radius of Galesburg, IL

Due Date - June 19, 2020


Wyffels Hybrids Scholarship and Work Program

Wyffels is offering two $500 scholarships for students at BHC

Due Date - June 14, 2019

Iowa Section Professional Golfers' Association Scholarship

Due Date - June 19, 2020

Abbreviation Finder Scholarship

Due date - July 1, 2020


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