Endowed Scholarships

New and returning full and part-time students are encouraged to apply for Black Hawk College Foundation Scholarships. Scholarships are based on some or all of the following criteria: academic performance, financial need and/or area of study.

Listed below are the Black Hawk College Foundation scholarships currently available for students attending the Quad-Cities Campus.

Also, view our Annual Scholarships.

Are you a student needing assistance?

Read our Scholarship FAQs or contact us.

Lisa Bahnks Memorial Scholarship

Established by Mr. and Mrs. William Bahnks in memory of their daughter, Lisa, who was a 1977 graduate of Black Hawk College. Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding graduating student with a 3.0 grade point or higher in a health related field and intention to enroll in a four-year college or university.

Dr. Norbert Barwasser Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1985 to serve Black Hawk College students with academic promise.

Thomas Batell English/Philosophy Scholarship

Established by the English/Philosophy Department. Awarded to a full-time Black Hawk freshman enrolled in the transfer program. Preference is given to students in English, Philosophy and Foreign Languages. Recipients are selected by the academic department.

Byron Beck Scholarship

For students studying history or pre-law with a minimum 2.5 GPA and financial need. Student selection should eliminate students who are receiving a full tuition waiver. Preference is given to those students who are enrolled in or have successfully completed English 101.

Dorothy Beck Scholarship

For students studying humanitites, languages, and journalism with financial need.

Earl H. Beling Memorial Scholarship

Established by Mrs. Earl H. Beling in memory of her husband. Mr. Beling is recognized as one of the founders of the community college which is now Black Hawk College. Awarded annually with preference to students studying a foreign language. Academic performance and financial need are considerations.

Black Hawk College Foundation Scholarship

Established by the Black Hawk College Foundation. Academic performance and financial need are primary considerations.

Quad-Cities Campus Alumni Scholarship

Students who have completed at least nine semester hours at Black Hawk College; have a GPA of 2.5 or higher; and show financial need.

Lucy Brandicon/Leon Dombrock/Donna Figle O’Meara
Memorial Scholarship (BDO)

Established by friends and relatives of these three individuals. Miss Brandicon taught piano at Black Hawk College; Mr. Dombrock was the manager of the Black Hawk Bookstore; and Ms. O’Meara was an instructor in the music department. The recipients of the combined scholarship are selected by the music department.

Doris E. Braner Memorial Scholarship

Established by the Braner family in honor of their mother, Doris, who worked in the College Bookstore for 11 years. Consideration given to widowed or divorced homemakers who demonstrate financial need. Scholarships for books only.

Grant W. Brissman and Virginia M. Brissman Scholarship

Student must be a current resident of the Village of Milan. Preference is to be given to students completing studies in vocational and career-focused programs. Recipients should demonstrate a strong connection between their academic program and their career goals. Minimum 2.5 GPA and financial need required.

John R. Cioe Memorial Scholarship

John R. Cioe was a Chicago police officer and training instructor, a lover of books, and an advocate of life-long learning. It is the intention of his family that the award established in his memory will benefit adult learners enrolled in at least nine credit hours in a wide variety of academic disciplines.

Arthur B. Conelly Memorial Scholarship

Established by Tri-County Home builders Association, Inc. Preference is given to students majoring in Pre-Engineering, Technical Engineering, Real Estate or Building Trades.

Paula Cravero Memorial Scholarship

Established by family, faculty, and friends in memory of Paula Cravero, Professor of Accounting in the Business Department. Awarded annually to career or transfer students who are majoring in accounting.

Cummings Family Memorial Scholarship

Established by Marilyn and the late Wayne Cummings. Scholarship is awarded to a high school or GED graduate who is majoring in a career program curriculum; has financial need and maintains at least a 2.0 grade point average.

Patty Decker Memorial Scholarship

Established by Mr. and Mrs. Wendell C. Cree in memory of their daughter; a graduate of the Black Hawk College nursing program. Preference given to students enrolled in the nursing program.

Burton C. and Anna L. Foster Scholarship

Established by the late Burton (BHC professor emeritus) and Anna Foster in honor of their son Clinton Foster. Preference is given to students with disabilities in an Allied Health program.

The Franklin Foundation Scholarship

Established by Steve and Tammy Franklin after Tammy pursued her nursing degree at Black Hawk College as a non-traditional student. Scholarships are for students in the Associate Degree Nursing Program who demonstrate financial need.

Barbra E. Garst Memorial Scholarship

Established by Dr. Josephine Garst and friends. Miss Garst was a professor of English at Black Hawk College. Awarded annually to Moline High School graduates.

Cristina Greene Memorial Scholarship for International Students

Created by Sharon Cunningham and Brian Greene in memory of Cris Greene who changed the lives of many students at BHC. Scholarships are limited to students in the international student program, with preference given to ESL (English as a Second Language) students with intention to pursue college level or career training courses. Students must demonstrate financial need and include a strong personal statement.

John R. Grotzinger Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of John Grotzinger, a professor in the psychology/Sociology department. Awarded to a graduating member of Psi Beta, a national honor society for community college students interested in psychology. Based on academic achievement, leadership, and community service. Recipients are selected by the academic department.

Martha Ann Grotzinger Memorial Scholarship

Established by family, faculty and friends. Martha Grotzinger was a professor in the Biology Department at Black Hawk College, who had a deep concern and interest in the students. This award goes to a full-time female student enrolled in biological science or nursing; special preference to widow with children.

Hawk's Hub Textbook Scholarship

Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA. Must show financial need but not currently be receiving financial aid. Scholarship will be given out in the form of a BHC bookstore scholarship.

Martin E. Hayes Physics/Engineering Scholarship

Established in memory of Martin E. Hayes, professor of Physics and Engineering at Black Hawk College. Awarded to students who have completed one year at Black Hawk College and are majoring in physics or engineering with intent to transfer to a four year institution. Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA.

Erwin Johnson Memorial Scholarship

Created in memory of Mr. Johnson who served as a professor and chair of the engineering related technology department at Black Hawk College. Awarded to students demonstrating interest in industrial related technologies who have completed at least 30 credit hours with a GPA of 3.0.

Todd C. Harold Johnson Memorial Scholarship

Established by the Johnson family in memory of Todd Johnson, a BHC graduate and auxiliary police officer who was killed in a training accident. Two scholarships are awarded each year; one annually to a law enforcement major and the other awarded to a major in the paramedic program.

Lowell N. Johnson Foundation Scholarship

Awarded to students who have had residence in Rock Island, Henry, or Mercer County for a minimum of three years. Student must maintain a 3.0 GPA and show financial need. Awarded in 2012 in honor and memory of Tom Lagomarcino.

Carol and Esther Kalin Scholarship

Established upon the death of Anna Mae K. Erickson to create opportunities for Black Hawk College students.

Leaders Under 40 Alumni Scholarship

Created by Leaders Under 40 alumni. Scholarship awarded to students who demonstrate strong leadership skills.

Krystel Leigh Madison Memorial Scholarship

Krystel Madison taught in Black Hawk’s Optional Education Program when she passed away. This scholarship in her memory is for first time college students in the optional education program with a GED or diploma.

E.S. (Bert) Metcalf Memorial Scholarship

Established by relatives and friends for the former Rock Island County Superintendent of Schools and supporter of Black Hawk College. Preference given to a sophomore or older part-time students. The award is available for books.

Milan Area Rotary Scholarship

Established by the Milan Rotary Club. Students must be residents of one of the following: Blackhawk, Andalusia, Bowling, Edgington, Buffalo Prairie, or Drury Townships, or the portion of Rural Township and Mercer County within the Sherrard School District. Student must demonstrate financial need.

Douglas L. Mitton Memorial Law Enforcement Scholarship

Established by Mr. and Mrs. Floyd C. Mitton in memory of their son. Preference given to a law enforcement student.

Natural Science & Engineering Scholarship

Established by faculty of the Black Hawk College Natural Science and Engineering Department. Must be a major in either Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Earth Science, Earth Science Geology, Physics, Pre-chiropractic, Pre-dietetics, Pre-engineering, Pre-medicine, Pre-pharmacy, Pre-physical therapy, or Pre-veterinary medicine. Student must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Jules Mueller Westmer Scholarship

Must be a graduate from Mercer County in top half of graduating class. Preference given to a graduate from Westmer High School. Must demonstrate financial need and be a full-time Black Hawk College student.

Robert E. Nuquist History Scholarship

Given by Dr. Robert E. Nuquist, a long-term professor of History and Department Chair. This scholarship is to benefit history majors of high academic standing, demonstrating financial need.

Nursing Faculty Endowed Scholarship

Established by the Black Hawk College nursing faculty. Students must be registered in the ADN program. Must have financial need, but not currently receiving other scholarships or grants.

Robert and Blenda Ontiveros Family Foundation Scholarship

Established by Robert and Blenda Ontiveros. For Hispanic students maintaining a 3.0 GPA with emphasis given to students studying health care, sciences or technology.

Roger A. Perley Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Roger A. Perley, professor of Music at Black Hawk College. Awarded to students who have completed 15 semester hours at Black Hawk College and are majoring in music in a transfer program with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Recipients selected by the Music department faculty.

Perlmutter Scholarship

Established by the late Dr. Harold and Evelyn Perlmutter. Awarded to science majors who demonstrate financial need.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Students must be members of the Eta Kappa chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. Must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours at the Quad-Cities Campus at the time of application and be returning the following semester enrolling in 12 credit hours. Must have a 3.75 cumulative GPA.

Puffer/Reid Scholarship

Established in honor of former college president Richard Puffer and Alban Reid. Given for excellent academic recognition.

Quad City Vintage Rods Scholarship

Established in 1984 to support BHC students. Created by the Vintage Rods Association. Students must demonstrate academic success.

Elaine K. Saffield Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Elaine K. Saffield. Awarded annually to students demonstrating academic progress and financial need.

The Sedona Group Scholarship

Awarded to students in transfer/career programs with preference to computer science majors. Preference is also given to employees or dependents of employees at the Sedona Group.

Dr. Barbara Shellhouse and Wayne Shellhouse
Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Dr. Shellhouse who taught in the music department of BHC for 30 years. Scholarships are awarded to students majoring in music, preferably vocal music. Recipients selected by the Music Department faculty.

Jeanne Tamisiea Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Jeanne Tamisiea who taught many years in the BHC Art Department. Scholarships will support Art majors. Recipients selected by the Art Department faculty.

Marian Walters Health Occupations Scholarship

Established in memorium and honor of Marian Walters, this scholarship is available to students enrolled in health related programs.

Gertrude West Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Ms. West who taught in the BHC speech department. Students must show academic promise.

Dr. Robert & Dorothy White Scholarship

Established in honor of Dr. Robert and Dorothy White, Bob—a long-time professor and Dorothy—an alum of Black Hawk College. Give to students with academic promise.

Woman’s Club of East Moline Scholarship

Created by the Woman’s Club to support students enrolled in health related programs.

 

Also, view our Annual Scholarships.

 

Are you a student needing assistance?

Read our Scholarship FAQs or contact us.

 

 

*Black Hawk College Foundation scholarships listed provide general descriptions and/or requirements of scholarship opportunities. None of the information provided for any scholarship implies a commitment by Black Hawk College Foundation to specific terms, requirements and/or the awarding of any scholarship.

Scholarships are subject to change. We reserve the right to make changes at any time and those changes are binding, regardless of whether updated online or not.