Scholarships

Scholarship List for 2019-2020

*Scholarships are listed in Date Order*

 

The new FAFSA application process starts October 2019 at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  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 2019-2020 school year. The site will be updated periodically as scholarships and/or due dates become available for the 2019-2020 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 - http://www.isac.org/

  2. Fastweb - financial aid - www.fastweb.com 

  3. Scholarship Aide - www.scholaraid.com 

  4. Sallie Mae - www.salliemae.com 

  5. Financial aid - www.finaid.org 

  6.  ACT's Free Financial Aide Book http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/act-profile/financial-aid.html

  7. Federal Student Financial Aid Homepage – www.fafsa.ed.gov

  8. Pre-Paid Tuition – www.collegeillinois.com

  9. Student Award Search Aid http://www.studentawardsearch.com/ 

  10. Student Scholarships www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship.php

 

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. 01, 2019

AES Engineers Scholarship

Due Date - Oct. 6, 2019

Horatio Alger Association

Due Date - Oct. 25, 2019

Coca-Cola Scholarship

Due Date - Oct. 31, 2019

Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Due Date - Nov. 5, 2019

Stokes Educational Scholarship Program

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

Due date - Nov. 15, 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 - ***Extended to January 14, 2019***

 

Hagan Scholarship

Hagan Scholarship 

Due Date - November 15, 2019

Greenhouse Scholars

*cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above required

Due Date - November 22, 2019

 

Extension to ACES Scholarship ***NEW

*Must be an incoming Freshman or transfer student attending University of Illinois College of ACES in Champaign-Urbana

Due date Dec 1, 2017

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.​

http://www.kidschanceofillinois.com/

Due Date - Dec 1, 2019

Burger King Scholars

Due Date - Dec. 15, 2019

AXA Achievement Scholarship

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

Due Date - Dec. 15, 2019

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, 2019

College Raptor Scholarship

Due Date Dec. 31, 2019

Quad City Regional Auto Show Scholarship

Due Date - Jan. 2, 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

River Valley Cooperative

*Majoring in Agriculture

Due Date - Jan. 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

National Wild Turkey Federation's Academic Scholarship

Application Form in Word

*Applicant must have current FOID card

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

Due date February 1, 2019

Holocaust Education Scholarship

Ida Kramer Essay Contest Theme: Children of the Holocaust

Shnurman Holocaust Visual Arts Contest

Guidelines for both contests at www.hecqc.org

Due date Feb 1, 2019

FFA Scholarships

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

Due Date - Feb. 1, 2019

CBAI Foundation for Community Banking

*Questions? E-mail bobbiw@cbai.com

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

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

Fred S. Bailey

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

Due Date - Feb. 16, 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

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. 16, 2019

 

 

Martin Luther Scholarship

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

Due Date - Feb. 16, 2019

 

World Class Mediacom

Due Date -  Feb 15, 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

GateHouse Media National Scholarship Essay Competition

due date February 16, 2018 

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, 2019

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, 2019

Frank E. Smith

*Return to Main Office at MCHS

Due Date - Last attendance day in Feb.

February 28, 2019

Aledo Main Street

*Application may be returned to Aledo Main Street  PO Box 209 Aledo, IL or the counselor’s office starting  Feb 28, 2018. ONLY THE FIRST 20 TO APPLY THIS YEAR WILL BE ACCEPTED. The first 2 winners will be based on votes at participating businesses. The 3rd winner will be based on the completed essay

Due Date -  Feb 28, 2019

QDMA Scholarship

Quality Deer Management Association Scholarship

Planning on studying wildlife management, outdoor conservation, wildlife biology, or a related field of study.

March 1, 2019

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 2019 high school graduate

*preference given to military families

Due Date - March 1, 2019

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.

*must be received by March 1, 2018*

Due Date - March 1, 2019

 

Township Officials of Illinois

*Awarding seven $1,500 scholarships to high school seniors who are attending Illinois colleges & universities in the fall of 2018.

Due Date - March 1, 2019

 

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Due Date - 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 Civillian 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, 2019

Cancer Survivors Scholarship

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

March 1, 2019

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 4, 2019

 

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, 2019

Dean Ritter Trust for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Due date March 8, 2019

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.

Foster's Voice PDF

Foster's Voice Word Version

Due date March 9, 2019 

Edmond and Hebel FFA Scholarship

Turn application into Guidance Office please.

Scholarship Application -Word Version 

March 9, 2019

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 22, 2019

 

Mercer County 4-H Memorial Scholarship

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

4-H Memorial Scholarship (pdf version)

4-H Memorial Scholarship (word version)

March 15, 2019 

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, 2019

 

Mercer County Farm Bureau

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

March 15, 2019

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 15, 2019

Elyssa's Mission Scholarship *****NEW

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

due date March 18, 2019

 

Exchange Club Youth of the Year

Application must be turned into the counselor’s office by March 18th.

March 18, 2019

American Legion O’Fallerans

Post # 121

MCHS senior, GPA of 2.5 or above

American Legion Aledo

March 20, 2019

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 21, 2019 by 4:00 p.m. to the Mercer County Extension Office in Aledo

March 21, 2019

Society of American Military Engineers Rock Island Post

Pursuing a career in engineering or physical sciences.

March 27, 2019

Odenza Marketing Group Award

GPA of 2.5 or greater

March 30, 2019

Consumer Credit Scholarship

March 31, 2019

Mercer County Women for Women

Application and letters of recommendation must be postmarked by March 31, 2018. Female applicants only.    

March 30, 2019

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.

March 31, 2019

CNA Scholarship - MFH

Mercer Foundation for Health CNA Scholarship

 March 31, 2019

Beyond the Cure National Children's Cancer Society

Childhood cancer survivor

March 30, 2019

Toptoal Scholarship

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

Due Date: March 31, 2019

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 1st, 2019

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, 2020

Connie Sue Smith Memorial

Must show financial need.

Return to counselor’s office.

Connie Sue Smith

Due Date April 1, 2019

Mercer County Golden Eagle Athletic Booster Club

MCGE Athletic Booster Club Scholarship PDF

MCGE Athletic Booster Club Scholarship Word Version

Due Date April 1, 2019

Wal-Mart Dependent Scholarship

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

Due Date April 2, 2019

Mercer County Education Association

Intend to work toward teacher certification.

Return to counselor’s office.

Due Date April 2, 2019

 

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.

Chapter H PEO (PDF)

Due Date April 5, 2019

Richard Smith Memorial Scholarship***New 

Must be entering a Trade/Vocational School in the Fall of 2018

Due Date April 5, 2019

Kiwanis

Mail to: Kiwanis Scholarship

PO Box 92, Aledo, IL 61231

2nd Tues. of April (April 19, 2019)

Aledo Lodge No. 252

Submit application to Aledo Lodge No. 252

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

Aledo Lodge No. 252

2nd Fri in April (April 12, 2019)

***John Michael Perry Scholarship****NEW

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.  

Due date April 15, 2019

Ken Cox Lions Agriculture Scholarship

Majoring in Ag or Veterinary Medicine.  Minimum 2.5 GPA 

Due Date April 15, 2019

Farmers State Bank of Western IL

All applications must be turned into the high school guidance office or emailed to kgoben@fsbwil.com on or before April 15, 2019.

Due Date April 15, 2019

 

Cheryl Long Helping Hand

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

Due Date April 15, 2019

Chris Long Memorial

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

Due Date April 15, 2019

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

Mercer County D.A.R.E.

Due Date April 15, 2019

WQAD S.O.A.R.

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, 2019

American Legion Scholarships

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

Legacy Scholarship

Due Date April 15, 2019

William and Alice B. Cubbage Scholarship

Mercer County High School seniors only

Due Date 3rd Friday in April 

Due Date April 19, 2019

Women’s Issues Network

Open to Women from MCHS

 Due Date April 19, 2019

Mercer County Jaycees Scholarship

Application must be mailed to Mercer County Jaycees PO Box 97 Aledo, IL 61231 & received by  April 23, 2018.

Due Date April 26, 2019

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 26, 2019

David Wayne Miller Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement

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

Due Date April 30, 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 April 30, 2019

ESA Foundation Scholarship Program 2018 

This Scholarship is for the Women and minority students who are enrolled or enrolling in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States, and pursuing degrees leading to careers in computer and video game arts. 

Due Date April 26, 2018 

Rock Island Optometric Mercer County  Family Eye Care Scholarship

To be turned into the Guidance Office at MCHS

Due Date May 5, 2019

American College Foundation Visionary Scholarship

Applicant must be currently enrolled as a High School Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior (2021,2020, 2019, or 2018); and, must be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.  Relatives of the American College Foundation Staff are not eligible to apply.​

Due Date May 1, 2019 

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

Genesis Medical Center, Aledo Auxiliary

Planning to enter medical field.

May 1, 2019

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

***NEW*** 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, 2019

***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 2018 that will lead to employment. *Demonstrate a financial need; applicants must be Pell Grant eligible.

Due Date June 15, 2019 

Iowa Section Professional Golfers' Association Scholarship

Due Date June 14, 2019

Abbreviation Finder Scholarship

Due date July 1, 2019

Groth and Associates Scholarship ***NEW

Due date July 31, 2017

Staver Law Group 

Due date December 1, 2019

Illinois Sheriffs' Association CGTI Scholarship

Attention Junior High and High School Students......the Illinois Sheriffs Association will again be awarding 60 full scholarships to kids in need for this amazing 4-day program July 22-26, 2018 at Eastern Illinois University. CGTI focuses on leadership, health choices, and working with others to create better communities.

Middle School Participants are those entering 7th or 8th grade for the 2018-2019 school year. High School Participants are those entering 9th-12th grade for the 2018-2019 school year. High School students…

 

https://iabh.wufoo.com/forms/illinois-sheriffs-association-cgti-scholarship/

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