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IHMVCU Cash for Class Scholarship

IHMVCU offers $30,000 in scholarships to local undergraduate, graduate and vocational/technical school students who stand out in the classroom and stand up in their communities. Since 1999, IHMVCU has invested nearly $300,000 in scholarships for 256 students.

The 2019 application period is closed. Winners will be announced in May.

To be eligible*, all applicants must:

  • Be a member by the application deadline
  • Be a graduating high school senior or a current college student
  • Be enrolled at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school
  • Provide 2 references
  • Complete the online application and essay/video
  • Submit all materials by 5 p.m. on the application deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances
  • Essays may be submitted in the form of a 500-word essay or 2 minute video on the topic below

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*IHMVCU employees are not eligible. Recipients of the IHMVCU Scholarship are eligible to re-apply annually. Applications must be completed each year and submitted to the scholarship committee via the online application.

Please note: Paper applications and recommendations will not be accepted.

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Scholarships are awarded as such:

  • $10,000: 1 scholarship
  • $5,000: 3 scholarships
  • $1,000: 1 scholarship
  • $500: 8 scholarships**

**$500 scholarships will be awarded to one student member with the highest overall application score in the following communities: IA Quad Cities, IL Quad Cities, DeWitt, Galesburg, Kewanee, and Prophetstown. If any community does not have a worthy applicant, no scholarship shall be awarded.

Additionally, one $500 scholarship for a student member attending Carl Sandburg College and one $500 scholarship for the family member of an IHMVCU employee+ shall be awarded.

IHMVCU has the ultimate authority to amend any of the above rules to ensure fairness in the award of the scholarships.

+IHMVCU Family refers to spouses, children and grandchildren of IHMVCU employees and board of directors.

2019 Cash for Class Recipients:

Lucas Buckrop: $10,000 winner
Kady Garrett: $5,000 winner
Crystal Aldeman: $5,000 winner
Natalie Davis: $5,000 winner

Jake White: $1,000 winner
Emma Zimmerman: DeWitt
Erik Streitmatter: Kewanee
Cora Neal: Carl Sandburg College
Grant Minssen: Prophetstown
Kyle Vandersnick: IHMVCU Family
Noah Sebben: IL Quad Cities
Amber Johnson: Galesburg
Jessica Elliott: IA Quad Cities

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Warren A. Marrow Memorial Scholarship

Traditional students:
Open to any IHMVCU member classified as a high school seniors planning to enter college in 2019. Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $3,000 for first through fourth place winners.

Non-traditional/continuing education students:
Open to any IHMVCU member attending or planning to attend an accredited undergraduate or vocational program in 2019. Two $2,000 scholarships will be awarded.

The 2019 application period is closed.

Illinois Quad City Chapter of Credit Unions Scholarships

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to anyone belonging to a participating Illinois credit union. As an active participant of this association, IHMVCU members qualify to participate in this scholarship program.

The 2019 application period is closed.

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