Scholarship List for 2020-2021

*Scholarships are listed in Date Order*


The new FAFSA application process starts October 2020 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 2020-2021 school year. The site will be updated periodically as scholarships and/or due dates become available for the 2020-2021 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.)   


Check the scholarship closely for criteria, instructions, due date and procedures for submitting. 


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.

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.

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Acorn Equality Fund

Due Date - Sept. 18, 2020

College Raptor Scholarship

Due Date Sept. 30, 2020

AES Engineers Scholarship

Due Date - Oct. 5, 2020

Horatio Alger Association

Due Date - Oct. 25, 2020

Coca-Cola Scholarship

Due Date - Oct. 31, 2020

Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Due Date - Nov. 10, 2020

Stokes Educational Scholarship Program

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

Due date - Nov. 15, 2020

Hagan Scholarship

Hagan Scholarship 

Due Date - November 15, 2020

Greenhouse Scholars

*cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above required

Due Date - November 1, 2020

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 15, 2020

Burger King Scholars

Due Date - Dec. 15, 2020

Equitable Excellence Scholarship

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

Due Date - Dec. 15, 2020

Odenza Marketing Group Volunteer Scholarship

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

Due Date - Dec. 30, 2020

Quad City Regional Auto Show Scholarship

Due Date - Jan. 4, 2021

FFA Scholarships

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

Due Date - January 15, 2020


Illinois State Historical Society

Due Date - January 15, 2019

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

*Students grade 9-12, must submit an essay

Due Date - Jan. 17, 2020

Quad City Engineering & Science Council

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

Due Date - Jan. 27, 2020

The Bill Mertens Daily Iowan Scholarship

*Given to outstanding high school journalists planning on attending The University of Iowa.  Will be required to work in The Daily Iowan news room.

Due Date - Jan. 31, 2019

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 31, 2020


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. 1, 2020

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, 2020

Illinois School Counselor Association - Post-Secondary Scholarship

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

Due Date - Feb 7, 2020


Davidson Fellows Scholarships

Due Date -- Feb 12, 2020

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, 2020


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 - Friday, February 14, 2020

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


Christian Leadership Award

*Applicants must be male, confirmed members of a Lutheran congregation, and attending one of the six participating University’s in the Fall of 2019.

Due Date - Feb. 15, 2020


Martin Luther Scholarship

*Applicants must be male, confirmed members of a Lutheran congregation, and attending college in the Fall 2018.

Due Date - Feb. 15, 2020


World Class Mediacom

Due Date -  Feb 15, 2020 

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 2020

Due Date - Feb 15, 2020


Fred S. Bailey

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

Due Date - Feb. 16, 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 February 21, 2020


Illinois Chemical Education Foundation Scholarship ***NEW***

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

Due Date: February 21, 2020

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, 2020

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 -  Feb 28, 2020

IHMVCU Cash for Class Scholarship

*Must be a IHMVCU member

Due Feb 28, 2020 by 5pm


***NEW*** 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 1, 2020

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, 2020


Illinois Masonic Scholarship

Six scholarships are available, each of which has unique qualifications. The completed application, official transcript(s) and letters of recommendation should be forwarded to the closest Scottish Rite Valley. 

March 1, 2020

Illinois AMVETS

*must be a 2020 high school graduate

*preference given to military families

Due Date - March 1, 2020

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, 2020


Township Officials of Illinois

Awarding seven $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors who are attending Illinois colleges & universities in the fall of 2020.

Due Date - March 1, 2020

Cancer Survivors Scholarship

The applicant must be a cancer survivor or currently diagnosed with cancer.

March 1, 2019


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


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.

March 2, 2020


Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Due Date - March 3, 2020


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, 2020

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 9, 2020 

Edmond and Hebel FFA Scholarship

Turn application into Guidance Office please.

Scholarship Application -Word Version 

March 9, 2020

QDMA 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).

March 12, 2020


Exchange Club Youth of the Year

March 13, 2020


Great River Teacher Corps Scholarship ***NEW

*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, 2020


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

March 15, 2020


Mercer County 4-H Memorial Scholarship

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

March 15, 2020 

Illinois Sheriff's Association

Return applications to Mercer County Sheriff’s Department:

Att: Dusty Terrill, Sheriff

906 SW 3rd Street, Aledo, IL 61231

March 15, 2020


Mercer County Farm Bureau

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

March 16, 2020

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.

March 16, 2020

Elyssa's Mission Scholarship

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

due date March 20, 2020


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, 2020 ***extended due date April 15th 

Applications can be dropped off at the meal pick up sights MWF 8-10am. NBE, MCIS, MCJH, Keithsburg City Hall, Seaton Fire Station.  


American Legion O’Fallerans

Post # 121

MCHS senior, GPA of 2.5 or above

American Legion Aledo

March 20, 2020

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.

March 16, 2020


Dean Ritter Trust for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Due date March 23, 2020

Society of American Military Engineers Rock Island Post

Pursuing a career in engineering or physical sciences.

March 25, 2020

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.

March 27, 2020 4:00 PM

Odenza Marketing Group Award

GPA of 2.5 or greater

March 30, 2020

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.

***EXTENDED***Due Date April 10, 2020

CNA Scholarship - MFH

Mercer Foundation for Health CNA Scholarship

 March 31, 2020

Beyond the Cure National Children's Cancer Society

Childhood cancer survivor

March 31, 2020

**New** 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: March 31, 2020

Toptoal Scholarship

*Scholarship awarded to an aspiring female leader (16 and older)

Due Date: March 31, 2019


***NEW***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


Farmers State Bank of Western IL

Due to the circumstances and not knowing when the students will return to
school, applications can be emailed to Please make sure the following is
attached with their email:
1. Completed Application
2. Essay
3. High School Transcripts
4. 2 Letters of Recommendation

***EXTENDED***Due Date April 30, 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 **extended due date April 8th

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, 2021

Connie Sue Smith Memorial

Must show financial need.

Return to counselor’s office.

***EXTENDED***Due Date April 10, 2020

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 Angie DeBlock or mail to Angie DeBlock 2179-75th Ave. Aledo, IL 61231. Any questions  call/text 309-371-6341.

***EXTENDED***Due Date April 15, 2020

Wal-Mart Dependent Scholarship

Wal-Mart Dependent Applicants must be dependents of any division of Wal-Mart.

Due Date April 2, 2020

Mercer County Education Association

Intend to work toward teacher certification.

Return to counselor’s office.

***EXTENDED***Due Date April 10, 2020


Richard Smith Memorial Scholarship

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

Due Date April 3, 2020

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 emailed (fillable form) or postmarked by  Wednesday, April 15th, 2020. Mail to Gina Young 2681-125th Ave. Viola, IL 61486. Email to: If you have any questions contact Gina at 309-314-5199.

***EXTENDED***Due date April 15, 2020


Aledo Lodge No. 252

Submit application to Aledo Lodge No. 252

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

Due Date April 10, 2020


PDF attached

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 13, 2020



Mail to: Kiwanis Scholarship

PO Box 92, Aledo, IL 61231

2nd Tues. of April (April 14, 2020)


Ken Cox Lions Agriculture Scholarship

Majoring in Ag or Veterinary Medicine.  Minimum 2.5 GPA 

Due Date April 15, 2020

Cheryl Long Helping Hand

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

Due Date April 15, 2020

Chris Long Memorial

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

Due Date April 15, 2020

Trinity Muscatine Scholarships

Two $1,000 scholarships available:

    *One for high school seniors graduating in 2019 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 Students Continuing Education Health Related Fields

Both due April 15, 2019

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 15, 2020

Genesis Medical Center, Aledo Auxiliary

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

April 15, 2020


American Legion Scholarships

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

Legacy Scholarship

Due Date April 15, 2020

NEW***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

William and Alice B. Cubbage Scholarship

Mercer County High School seniors only

Due Date 3rd Friday in April 

Due Date April 17, 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

Mercer County Jaycees Scholarship

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

Due Date May 4, 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 24, 2020

David Wayne Miller Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement

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

Due Date April 30, 2020

Consumer Credit Scholarship

May 1, 2020


American College Foundation Visionary Scholarship

Applicant must be currently enrolled as a High School Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior (2023, 2022, 2021, or 2020) 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, 2020

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

Rock Island Optometric Mercer County  Family Eye Care Scholarship

To be turned into the Guidance Office at MCHS

Due Date May 6, 2020


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, 2020

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

***NEW***Wyffels Hybrids Scholarship and Work Program

Wyffels is offering two $500 scholarships for students at BHC 

Due Date: June 14, 2019

Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program 

Must be enrolled in a 2 year or less career or technical degree/certificate program in Fall 2020 that will lead to employment. *Demonstrate a financial need; applicants must be Pell Grant eligible.

Due Date April 30, 2020 

Iowa Section Professional Golfers' Association Scholarship

Due Date June 19, 2020

Abbreviation Finder Scholarship

Due date July 1, 2020

Staver Law Group 

Due date December 1, 2019

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