Black Hawk College East Foundation

Helping BHC East Campus Students Succeed

New and returning full and part-time students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Scholarships are awarded, based in part or entirely, on the following criteria: academic performance, financial need and/or area of study.

 

How to Apply

The scholarship application period begins on March 15 and closes on May 30. In fairness to all applicants, we do not accept applications after the deadline.
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The majority of scholarships are awarded for the fall semester of the entire year—though some exceptions may exist. General eligibility criteria is listed for each scholarship, though additional terms and conditions may affect eligibility.

Brochure Scholarship Brochure

Get answers to  frequently-asked questions about scholarships. The BHC East Scholarship brochure is available to view online and download.

 

BHC East Campus Scholarships

Listed in alphabetical order. Updated: March 2022

 

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25 for 25 Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time student who has completed an approved GED® program in Henry or Stark counties. Pays toward tuition only. Must maintain a “C” average and show financial need.

Agricultural Fund Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time student majoring in an agriculture program. Student must show financial need and have a cumulative GPA of “C” or higher.

Dean L. Bates Scholarship

Award preference given to direct descendants of Mr. and Mrs. Fremont & Clara Bates. Preference also given to students majoring in agronomy, horticulture or biology (botany). Pays toward tuition, fees and books. Available to students receiving no other scholarships.

Black Hawk East Alumni Club Scholarship

Awarded to full-time students with good academic standing.

Black Hawk East Foundation Scholarship

Established by the Black Hawk College East Foundation. Awarded annually to a full-time student with good academic standing. Must show financial need.

Black Hawk East Welding Scholarship

(Formerly known as the Manufacturing Skills Scholarship) Must be enrolled in a welding program at the East Campus. Must have financial need.

Lyle and Marie Blodgett Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time transfer student with preference given to a major in biology, botany, horticulture, science education, any medical field, veterinary technology and pre-veterinary.

David Bradbury Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time transfer student with preference given to an English, journalism or communication major. Must be a graduate of a high school within the Black Hawk College district with a “B” or higher GPA. Must show financial need.

Elmer Brose Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time student in good academic standing. Preference given to student majoring in the auto mechanics program or the Ag mechanics program.

Ron & Theresa Brown Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Ron and Theresa Brown. Given annually to a full-time student who has demonstrated academic ability, financial need and involvement in extracurricular activities. Preference given to one female student from Neponset and one male student from the Lafayette/ROWVA area.

CHS Foundation Scholarship

Awarded to four incoming freshmen and four sophomores. Must be majoring in agriculture-focused or ag-related STEM undergraduate program. Must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident of the U.S. or in the U.S. lawfully on a non-temporary basis. Must demonstrate academic aptitude in their coursework. Must exhibit leadership qualities through BHC, community or Ag industry involvement. Priority given to students demonstrating an interest in agriculture-based cooperatives. Essay required.

Darlene Collinson Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship established in memory of Darlene Collinson. Awarded to a full-time student who graduated from a high school in the Black Hawk College district. The student must show financial need and be in good academic standing.

Colwell Scholarship

Recipient must be a member of the BHC Livestock Judging Team, Horse Judging Team or Horse Show Team. Student must show financial need and have a cumulative GPA of “C” or higher.

Compeer Financial Scholarship

As an agricultural lender serving 144 counties in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin, Compeer Financial sees the need for the next generation of talented, skilled agricultural workers. Qualified applicants should reside within Compeer’s 144-county territory and study agriculture.

Barbara J. Curran Golby Memorial Healthcare Scholarship

Established in 2011 by beloved family and friends, the Barbara J. Curran Golby Memorial Healthcare Scholarship provides financial support to students pursuing a Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate at the Black Hawk College East Campus. Barbara taught the CNA course at BHC for 10 years and was a dedicated nurse for 50 years. Preference for this scholarship is a CNA student, but applicants pursuing a nursing degree will also be considered. Preference is also given to applicants from Neponset, Illinois, single parents and/or those who demonstrate financial need.

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Chuck Deahl Memorial Scholarship

Established by Sharon Deahl in loving memory of her late husband and foundation board member, Chuck Deahl. This endowed scholarship is to assist students who have graduated from a high school within the Black Hawk College district. Recipients must maintain a “C” or higher GPA with intent to pursue a four-year degree at either the University of Illinois or Bradley University. Demonstrated financial need is preferred. This scholarship covers tuition, fees, books and living expenses.

Dr. Arthur W. DeCabooter Scholarship

Established in honor of Dr. Art DeCabooter, provost and vice president of the East Campus from 1971–78. Awarded to a student pursuing a liberal arts and sciences degree with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Recipient must attend the East Campus.

Demmler Business/Technology Scholarship

Awarded to students who attended high school in and who are current residents of Henry or Stark counties. Must be enrolled in automotive technology, office careers technology or computer technology program. Pays toward tuition, fees and books.

William & Elizabeth Dolieslager Scholarship

Awarded to a student majoring in education. Pays toward tuition, fees and books.

Butch Downs Memorial Auto Mechanics Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time student majoring in auto mechanics or Ag mechanics. Preference given to auto mechanics majors. Student must be a Henry County resident and show financial need. Must have a “C” or higher GPA.

EALgreen Scholarship

Awarded on the basis of financial aid. The student should be pursuing a degree or recognized certificate program. The student must be in good academic standing.

Joan Eastlund Scholarship

Established by Joan Eastlund, Professor Emerita of Political Science. Full- and part-time East Campus students eligible. Student must have a minimum 2.0 GPA. Preference given to students with financial need.

Robert H. & Bernice Eastman Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Robert and Bernice Eastman. Given annually to full-time students of excellent academic standing in a transfer program.

Erickson Family Endowment Scholarship

Established in honor of Carl O. Erickson. Pays toward tuition, fees and books. Award given annually to a full-time student with a “C+” or higher GPA. Preference given to a nursing major.

Dr. Gene Gardner IMPACT Scholarship

Established by the Illowa Construction Labor & Management Council in honor of Dr. Gene Gardner, former Black Hawk College President. Awarded to a welding or skilled trades student with a preferred 2.5 GPA or higher.

GROWMARK Scholarship

Scholarship will be awarded to one student pursuing an associate degree or technical certification in agribusiness, agronomy, Ag systems, Ag communications, crop and soil science or Ag diesel power. The recipient should not have plans to transfer to continue his or her education. A minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is required.

Bea Haines Endowed Scholarship

Established in honor of Beatrice Haines. Scholarship to be awarded to a full-time student who graduated from a high school in the Black Hawk College district. The student must show financial need and be in good academic standing.

John L. Haines Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of John L. Haines Jr. Awarded to a full-time East Campus student. Must be a graduate of Galva High School in good academic standing. Must show financial need.

Henry County Association of Independent Insurance Agents Scholarship

Must be a resident of Henry County. Must major in business or office careers technology. Must be in good academic standing and show financial need.

 

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Nancy & Wayne Hier Scholarship

Awarded to students majoring in an agriculture field, who graduated from high school in Henry or Stark counties. The recipient must also currently reside in either county and plan to pursue a career in farming or agribusiness.

Bill & Betty Hyer Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time student from Wethersfield High School or Stark County High School majoring in crop farming. Must have a “C+” or higher GPA. Pays toward tuition, fees, books and living expenses.

Janssen-Ewoldsen Family Agriculture Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time student majoring in agriculture. First preference is to award a student from Whiteside County and second preference is to award a student from Indiana.

Kewanee Area Business Women’s Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time returning female student age 25 or older. Preference given to a high school graduate from the Kewanee area.

Kewanee Kiwanis Club Scholarship

Must be a graduate of Kewanee or Wethersfield high schools. Must be a freshman student planning to continue for a second year at the East Campus. Must be in good academic standing and show financial need. Preference is given to past Key Club members.

Kewanee Rotary Club Scholarship

Must be a graduate of Kewanee or Wethersfield high schools. Must be a freshman student planning to continue for a second year at the East Campus. Must be in good academic standing and show financial need.

Debbie Kitterman Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Debbie Kitterman. Given annually to a graduate of Galva High School. Preference given to students with financial need who are not receiving any grants.

Dave Lapan Memorial Scholarship

Awarded in memory of Dave Lapan. Formerly awarded to athletes on the East Campus. Changed in 2016-17 to welding and/or auto mechanics students after the EC athletic teams were consolidated with the QC Campus teams as per Lapan Family request. Recipient must have a minimum GPA of 2.0. Must be a graduate from a high school on the east side of the Black Hawk College district.

Brick Lundberg Scholarship

Established in memory of Brick Lundberg. Preference is given to full-time students of good academic standing. Must demonstrate financial need. Renewable by reapplication if student maintains full-time status and a 2.0 GPA.

Dr. Glenn I. Luymes Veterinary Technology Scholarship

Established in memory of Glenn I. Luymes, DVM, who was a respected veterinarian in Galva, Illinois, practicing in the 1950s. Awarded to a full-time student in the Veterinary Technology Program at the East Campus. Minimum 2.5 GPA. Must show financial need.

Ken Maguire Liberal Arts and Sciences Scholarship

This Liberal Arts and Sciences Scholarship was created for Professor Emeritus Ken Maguire, 2016 Wall of Fame inductee. Awarded to a full-time liberal arts and sciences transfer student attending the East Campus. Must have financial need. Preference given to students majoring in the social sciences (i.e. sociology, anthropology, history, etc.).

Harriet McCarthy Scholarship

Established by the Harriet McCarthy Estate. Based on merit. Given to any student not already receiving a BHC Academic Achievement Award. Must be a full-time student who graduated from a high school within the Black Hawk College district. Must have a GPA of “C+” or above.

Mehaffey Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time student enrolled in a health-related major who demonstrates financial need. Must have a “C” or above cumulative GPA.

Murchison Heritage Scholarship

Established to honor the Murchison Family Homestead (1852-1947) on which the East Campus is built. Benefits Black Hawk College East Campus students transferring to Purdue University who will be enrolled in the College of Agriculture in a production-oriented major such as agriculture economics; agronomy; food science; entomology; botany and plant pathology; agricultural and biological engineering; horticulture; or animal science (excluding equine studies). Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and must show financial need. Scholarship will be applied toward tuition and fees.

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Denny Orr Agriculture Mechanics Scholarship

Established in memory of Denny Orr, former groundskeeper at the East Campus. Awarded to students pursuing an Agriculture Mechanics Certificate.

John Ott Pork Production Scholarship

Established in memory of John Charles Ott, who was a Hampshire swine breeder for 30 years. Awarded to a full-time student with an interest in pork production.

Jeff Owens Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Jeff Owens. Given annually to a full-time East Campus student who will continue his/her education at a four-year institution. Must have an excellent academic record. Must be a graduate of Kewanee or Wethersfield high schools.

Peoples National Bank Scholarship

Established by Peoples National Bank. Awarded annually to a business major with a “B” or higher GPA. Preference given to Kewanee or Wethersfield high school graduates with financial need.

Peterson-Martin Engineering Scholarship

Established by the Martin Engineering Company. Awarded annually to students in good academic standing who demonstrate financial need and participated on the “Martin Motion” robotics team, sponsored by Martin Engineering.

Piper Scholarship

Awarded to full-time student with good academic standing.

Otto Schwefel Scholarship

Established by the late Otto Schwefel for deserving students with financial need. Awarded to full-time students who are graduates of Kewanee or Wethersfield high schools.

Walter H. Shreck Scholarship

Awarded to full-time students who are Henry County residents enrolled in nursing, agriculture, auto mechanics or diesel mechanics.

Smith Scholarship

Awarded to full-time students who demonstrate financial need. Student must have a cumulative GPA of “C” or better with preference given to an art major or liberal arts major.

Spoon River Antique Agriculture Association Scholarship

Recipient must be a student majoring in agriculture. Must have a “C” average GPA. Financial need preferred. Pays toward tuition, fees and books.

Dean W. Stoner Scholarship

Established in memory of Dean W. Stoner. Award is given to full-time students of good academic standing from Kewanee High School. Must show financial need. Preference given to a student with cystic fibrosis.

Dale and Helen Swanson Scholarship

Established by Dale and Helen Swanson. Pays toward tuition, fees and books. Awarded to full-time students intending to transfer to a four-year college. Must have a “C+” or higher GPA and show financial need. Preference given to business administration majors.

Theodore and Penny Vlahos Scholarship

Established by Theodore and Penny Vlahos. Awarded to students who attended Kewanee or Wethersfield high schools and whose primary permanent residence is in Henry County. Must be enrolled in a two-year degree program and maintain a “C+” or higher GPA. Pays toward tuition only.

George & Mary Lee Wilsey Endowed Skilled Trades Scholarship

Awarded to two students annually; one graduate from Wethersfield High School and one from Galva High School. Students must be enrolled full-time in a skilled trade program at Black Hawk College East Campus and demonstrate financial need. Preference given to students residing in Burns Township.

 

 

Scholarships Awarded by Faculty/Staff Recommendation

Listed in alphabetical order. Updated: March 2022

 

Agri-Business Club Alumni Scholarship

Amelia Wallen Memorial Scholarship

Amelia Wallen Pageant Scholarship

Anderson Memorial Scholarship

BHC East Foundation CNA Scholarship

BHC Endowed Equine Scholarship

Cargill Equine Scholarship

Cory Lowderman Freshman Challenge Award Scholarship

Dan Hoge Livestock Judging Scholarship

Donna Irvin Equine Scholarship

Eleanor Washburn Memorial Scholarship

Elmer Hoge Memorial Scholarship

Giertz Brothers Scholarship

 

Holmquist Scholarship

Kandis Family Endowed Equine Scholarship

Land O’Lakes- Purina Equine Scholarship

Mid-Continent Scholarship

Peoples National Bank Endowed Equine Scholarship

Robert & Jean Wolf Memorial Scholarship

Robin Moreland Memorial Equine Scholarship

Rosemary E. Ward Memorial Scholarship

Susan Shipp Memorial Scholarship

Todd DeMay Memorial Scholarship

Verden Broers Award

Verlin & Joan Jackson Endowed Equine Scholarship

Verlin & Joan Jackson Livestock Judging Scholarship

 

 

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*Black Hawk College East 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 East 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.