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Scholarship List for 2023-2024

*Scholarships are listed in Date Order*


The new FAFSA application process starts December 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.

Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program

Due:  September 15, 2023

Acorn Equality Fund

Due Date - Sept. 23, 2023

Coca-Cola Scholarship

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

AES Engineers Scholarship

Due Date - October 8, 2023

IvyPanda Video Contest Scholarship

Eligibility: Current high school, college, or university students from any country
Awards: The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The runner-up prize is $500
October 31, 2023

Stokes Educational Scholarship

Due October 31, 2023

Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Due Date - Nov. 2, 2023

Odenza Marketing Group Award

Due Date - November 15, 2023

Greenhouse Scholars

*cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above required

Due Date - November 21, 2023

FRA Americanism Essay Contest

Grand prize of $1500;  350 words or less about "What Memorial Day means to me."

Due: December 1, 2023

WIU President's Scholarship

  • 3.75+ GPA OR

  • Meet 2 of the following 3 criteria: 3.4+ GPA, top 15% graduating class, 24+/1160+ ACT/SAT

  • Enroll in the Centennial Honors College

  • Demonstrated leadership ability and community engagement

Due December 9, 2023

Burger King Scholars

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

Equitable Excellence Scholarship

Due Date - Dec. 18, 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

Brooks Law Group Car Accident Scholarship

The contest is open to current high school seniors & undergraduate college students who will be attending a US college or university in the next fall semester. 

Due:  December 31

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Due Date - Jan. 12, 2024

FFA Scholarships

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

Due Date - January 12, 2024 by 1:59 a.m.


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, 2024

JCI Charitable Foundation Scholarship

Each year, the U.S. Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Foundation grants $1,500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education at accredited post-secondary colleges, universities or vocational schools.

Due: January 19, 2024

Quad City Engineering & Science Council

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

Due Date - January 23, 2024

Quad City Regional Auto Show Scholarship

Due Date - Jan. 24, 2024

World Class Mediacom

Must be postmarked on or before January 31, 2024

IACAC Scholarship

*GPA at least 3.0 on 4.0 scale

Due Date - February 2, 2024 by 11:59pm CST

Davidson Fellows Scholarships

Due Date - February 14, 2024

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, 2024

IHMVCU Cash for Class Scholarship

Due February 15, 2024

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 - February 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 16, 2024

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 - February 18, 2024

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

Deadline extended to - Feb. 25, 2024

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, 2024

Fred S. Bailey

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

Due Date - Feb. 28, 2024

Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau

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

*Pursuing education in agriculture or agri-business.

Due Date - Feb. 29, 2024

Holocaust Education Scholarship

Ida Kramer Essay Contest Theme: Children of the Holocaust

Due date -  March 1, 2024

Hagan Scholarship

Due Date - March 1, 2024

Illinois Pork Donor-Advised Scholarship

Due:  4pm on March 1, 2024

Adam Fesser Scholarship

Due:  4pm on March 1, 2024

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

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, 2024


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, 2024

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 by 4:00 p.m.

Township Officials of Illinois

Awarding seven $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors who are attending Illinois colleges & universities in the fall of 2024.

Postmarked no later than March 1, 2024

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

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, 2024


MCC Foundation Scholarship

Metallica Scholars Initiative is designed to directly support students while elevating the importance of career and technical education. Clinton Community College students enrolled in the Engineering Technology program can apply for a full tuition or a $1,500 scholarship.

Due:   March 1, 2024

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 1, 2024

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 2024 semester.

The scholarship requires applicants to complete three essay questions (500-750 words) and provide one teacher recommendation

Due Date - March 1, 2024

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


Aledo Main Street

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

between the dates of March 6th, 2024 through March 20th, 2024.

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

Due Date -  Scholarship Applications accepted from March 6 - March 20, 2024

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.

Must be postmarked or emailed and sent by March 7, 2024

Illinois Chemical Education Foundation Scholarship

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

Due: postmarked no later than Friday, March 8, 2024, and received no later than Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Edmond and Hebel FFA Scholarship

Turn application into Guidance Office please.

Scholarship Application -Word Version

Due Date - March 9, 2024

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 11, 2024

Elyssa's Mission Scholarship

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

Due Date - March 11, 2024

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 14, 2024

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 15, 2024.  

Due Date - March 15, 2024

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

Due Date - March 15, 2024

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, 2024


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, 2024

American Legion O’Fallerans

GPA of 2.5 or above

Due Date - March 20, 2024

Exchange Club Youth of the Year

Due Date - March 22, 2024 

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, 2024

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, 2024 by 4:00 PM

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, 2024

Society of American Military Engineers Rock Island Post

Pursuing a career in engineering or physical sciences.

Due Date - March 31, 2024

Fortunaires Foundation Scholarship

Due Date - March 27, 2024


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 2024

Due Date - April 1, 2024

The Golden Apple Scholars Program in Illinois

A teacher preparation and tuition assistance program for high school seniors and freshman and sophomore Illinois college students who have the determination and drive to be highly effective teachers in Illinois schools-of-need.  

Due: April 1, 2024

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- April 1, 2024


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