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Scholarship List for 2023-2024

*Scholarships are listed in Date Order*


The new FAFSA application process starts October 2023 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 2023-2024 school year. The site will be updated periodically as scholarships and/or due dates become available for the 2023-2024 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, 2023

Coca-Cola Scholarship

Due Date - Oct. 2, 2023 by 5 p.m. Est.

Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Due Date - Nov. 2, 2023

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 21, 2023

Hagan Scholarship

Due Date - December 1, 2023

Burger King Scholars

Applications begin October 16, 2023 and ends - Dec. 15, 2023

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

Due Date - Jan. 12, 2024


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

Postmarked or emailed by January 15, 2024

Trinity Health Foundation

  • 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 Friday, March 1, 2024

*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, 2024

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

Henderson County Central Committee and Republican Women's Club Scholarship

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

Due Date - Feb 28, 2023

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

AES Engineers Scholarship

Due Date - October 8, 2023

Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau

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

*Pursuing education in agriculture or agri-business.

Due Date - Feb. 28, 2023

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

Due date -  March 1, 2023

National Wild Turkey Federation's Academic Scholarship

*Applicant must provide a copy of current hunting license

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

Due Date - March 1, 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 1, 2023

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 2023

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, 2023

Patti Jeanne Higgins 4-H Scholarship

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

Due Date  - March 1, 2023

Township Officials of Illinois

Awarding seven $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors who are attending Illinois colleges & universities in the fall of 2023.

Due Date - March 1, 2023

Illinois AMVETS

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Veteran with a permanent Illinois address.

  2. Honorably Discharged

  3. Enrolled as a part-time or full-time student at a college, university, vocational or technical school in Illinois. Student does not need to be freshman.

Due Date - March 1, 2023

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, 2023

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

  • Child or step-child of one of the following:

    • Active duty, Reserve, or veteran* U.S. Marine

    • A Marine killed while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps

    • Active duty, reserve, or veteran U.S. Navy Corpsman, Navy Chaplain or Religious Program Specialist who is or was attached to a U.S. Marine Corps unit or who was killed while serving with a U.S. Marine Corps unit*

  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

  • Demonstrate financial need through a family adjusted gross income of $112,000 or less for the 2021 tax year

  • Attending or planning to attend a school listed on the National Center for Education Statistic’s College Navigator website for the upcoming academic year

* Veterans must have received an honorable discharge.

Due Date - March 1, 2023

Illinois Chemical Education Foundation Scholarship

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

Due Date - March 3, 2023

Christian Leadership Award

$3,000 scholarship given out to a Christian male freshman attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Fall 2023. Runner-ups may be eligible for $1,000.

Due Date - March 4, 2023

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, 2023


Edmond and Hebel FFA Scholarship

Turn application into Guidance Office please.

Scholarship Application -Word Version

Due Date - March 9, 2023

Farmers State Bank of Western IL

Farmers State Bank will award one (1) $1,500 scholarship to a graduating senior from Mercer County High School.  The application must be turned into the guidance office or emailed to on or before March 13, 2023.  

Due Date - March 13, 2023

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 13, 2023


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

Due Date - March 15, 2023

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, 2023

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, 2023


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

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

Aledo Main Street

  • Aledo Main Street Inc will accept a total of twelve (12) applications this year

between the dates of March 6th, 2023 through March 17th, 2023.

  • Aledo Main Street Inc will award a total of three (3) $600.00 scholarships.

Due Date -  Scholarship Applications accepted from March 6th - March 17th, 2023

Exchange Club Youth of the Year

Due Date - March 17, 2023

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 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

American Legion O’Fallerans

GPA of 2.5 or above

Due Date - March 20, 2023

Elyssa's Mission Scholarship

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

Due Date - March 20, 2023

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 24, 2023 by 4:00 PM

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  - March 25, 2023

***NEW BPW Illinois Foundation Scholarship

Returning Student Financially Independent

Returning Student Dependent on Parents

Incoming Freshman

Applicant must be female, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of the state of Illinois.

Due Date - March 25, 2023

***NEW Fortunaires Foundation Scholarship

Due Date - March 29, 2023

Pepsi-Cola of Rock Island Scholarship

Due Date - March 31, 2023

Odenza Marketing Group Award

Due Date - November 15, 2023

College Raptor Scholarship

Due Date September 30, 2023

Trinity Muscatine Scholarships

PDF attached - For Trinity Muscatine Employee Dependents

PDF attached - For Trinity Muscatine Friends Volunteer Family Members

Both due - March 31, 2023

CNA Scholarship - MFH

Due Date - March 31, 2023

Beyond the Cure National Children's Cancer Society

Childhood cancer survivor

Due Date - March 31, 2023

Western Illinois Regional Council-Community Action Agency Scholarships

Must be a resident of Hancock, Henderson, Knox, McDonough or Warren County.

Due Date - March 31, 2023 by 4:00PM

***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, 2023


Illinois Grand Council Nursing Scholarship Fund

To assist students who are pursuing a career in nursing.

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

American College Foundation Visionary Scholarship

Applicant must be currently enrolled as a High School Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior (2023, 2024, 2025, & 2026) 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 - December 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

Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program

  • Be enrolled in an associate’s degree, certificate, or diploma program by September that will lead to employment.

  • Demonstrate financial need; applicants must either show family income of $55,000 or less OR prove Pell Grant eligibility.

Due September 15, 2023

Kid's Chance Inc. of IL

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

Due Date - Dec 31, 2023 @7PM

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