The scholarships listed below are those maintained and offered by the SRC Foundation. Only one application is required. Students will be matched to eligibility. In many instances, there will be multiple awards.
Vivian W. Ashton Memorial Scholarships
This scholarship was established by Mrs. Ashton’s daughter, Eleanor Rose Bourke. Preference is given to a non-traditional female student age 30 or over seeking an RN degree. Scholarship is renewable for a second year if the student maintains a college GPA of 2.5 or higher.
The Danny Ball Scholarship Fund
Established by the family of Danny Ball, a 1976 graduate of Canton High School, to enable students to realize their dreams of higher education at Spoon River College. Open to any SRC district resident. This scholarship is renewable. Open to Canton High School senior with GPA of 2.5.
The L.D. and Virginia L. Barnard Scholarship
The late “Barney” and Virginia Barnard are a well-known farming family in Fulton County. They have spent their lives supporting their community and educational institutions. Students who will be pursuing a career in agriculture will be given preference for this award.
Dr. Fred C. and Leona Benson Scholarship
Dr. Benson was Superintendent of Canton Schools and a Spoon River College Trustee. Recipient must be a Canton High School graduate. Award is renewable for a second year.
The Mildred and Emory Brott Memorial Scholarship
Established in the names of education advocates Mildred and Emory Brotts to provide financial assistance to students attending SRC. Open to any SRC district resident.
The Edward J. (Boogie) Bugos Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Ed Bugos, a lifelong supporter of youth, education, and athletics, by his family and friends in 2011. Recipient must have graduated from Canton High School.
Canton Elks Lodge #626 Scholarship
Recipient must reside in Fulton County and be a second year full-time or part-time student. Preference is given to student who is associated with the Elks Lodge, either personally or through family.
Canton Rotary Club Scholarship
Established in 2015 through annual community fundraiser to better the community and assist children and young adults to better themselves through education. Preference is given to student(s) from Fulton County.
Canton Rotary Club/Ketric & Alice Klingman Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Mr. Ketric Klingman, a music teacher in the Canton School District and at Spoon River College and his wife, Alice, a pianist. Open to any SRC district resident with high school GPA of 2.5.
The Bob & Elizabeth Champlin Scholarship
Established by community leaders Bob & Elizabeth Champlin to provide academic assistance to student(s) pursuing a degree/career in agriculture, healthcare or horticulture -- areas which the Champlin family has championed. Preference given to a Fulton County student, regardless of age or GPA.
The Dorothy Cox Memorial Scholarship
Established by former Farmington, Illinois Mayor Dorothy Cox to provide financial assistance for any future SRC student living within the district. Open to any SRC district resident. Student must have high school GPA of 2.5.
The Dean and Mildred Crawford Scholarship
Former Canton business owners Dean and Mildred Crawford established this scholarship for full or part-time students attending the Canton campus. Preference given to students enrolled in vocational programs. Student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Joseph and Maxine Dalmasso Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2014 by their son, Dennis, to assist students desiring to obtain a degree in higher education. Recipient may be a current or non-traditional Canton High
The Harold Dare Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Harold Dare, a lifelong farmer, to assist Diesel Technology students.
The Carol Davis Scholarship
Established in 2015 in honor of longtime community leader Carol Davis, former SRC Vice President of Community Outreach and Executive Director of the SRC Foundation. Over 100 people gave to establish this endowment, which is open to any student, regardless of age, financial ability or GPA, who wishes to pursue a career in education and has exhibited extracurricular or community involvement.
The Harley Davis Scholarship
The SRC Community Chorus and family and friends of Harley Davis, a Fulton County farmer and singer/songwriter, established this memorial scholarship to provide financial support to students who have participated in the music or theatre arts.
The Gale E. DeRenzy Memorial Scholarship
This memorial scholarship honors Fulton County community leader Gale DeRenzy. The scholarship is available to any Fulton County person who desires to continue his or her education. Preference is given to a non-traditional student who will be attending full or part-time and seeking a certificate, degree, or transfer to a four year institution; or to any Fulton County student who has earned a GED or high school diploma with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
The Donald E. & Helen M. English Memorial Scholarship
Established by their children to honor the love that Mr. and Mrs. English had for SRC and its community programs. Open to any district resident. This scholarship is renewable for a 2nd year.
Tom Greenwell Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the SRC Community Chorus and the family of the late Tom Greenwell. It is awarded annually to a student who participates in the performing arts.
Shauna Helle Memorial Scholarship
Given by the Red Dog CF Committee in memory of Shauna Helle, a Cuba High School student who had cystic fibrosis. This scholarship will be awarded to Cuba High School graduates majoring in, but not limited to, medical-related fields.
Roger Howerter Memorial Scholarship
In order to honor the memory of Roger Howerter, a man who valued all of life, appreciated the arts and encouraged education for all, the SRC Community Chorus completed this scholarship in 2015 to honor Roger, a founding member of the Chorus. Preference is given to any SRC student who has been involved in the performing arts.
SRC Foundation Scholarships (General Endowed)
Includes the Canton Elks/Lila Wilcoxen Memorial Scholarship; the Tom Knowles Memorial Endowment Scholarship; the Neil K. Rand Memorial Scholarship; Susanna Wood Trust; the Jack Yancick-Cilco Endowment Scholarship; the Dr. J. K. Welch Scholarship; the Carl N., Stella, and Francis Hill Memorial Scholarship; the Clara F. Donaldson Trust Scholarship; the Barbara Pires Memorial Fund; the George E. and Verda Mae Poland Scholarship; Shay Jockisch Scholarship; Mildred Locke Trust; and the Rose Marinich Scholarship.
Carl F. Jackson Endowment Scholarship
Established in 1996 by Mr. Jackson, a retired SRC faculty accounting instructor of 24 years, to help students continue their full time SRC educations. Open to any SRC district resident. This scholarship is renewable.
The Edward R. Kaiser Scholarship
Established for Mr.
Kaiser, a former SRC Diesel Technology instructor, by his family to
assist diesel students at the college. Restricted to Diesel students.
This scholarship is selected by the SRC Diesel Advisory Committee
Kiwanis Club of Canton Scholarship
Preference is given to a Canton High School graduate who was a member in good standing in the CHS Key Club.
Berniece Sprecher Kruschinsky
Established by Mrs. Kruschinsky to provide financial assistance through an annual scholarship. Preference is given to person with disability.
Carl Kruschinsky Scholarship
Established by his wife, Berniece, to assist students who demonstrate financial need. Open to any SRC district resident.
Francis G. and Dorothea B. McPheeters Scholarship
Established by their son Lynn McPheeters, who was the first graduate of Spoon River College and a longtime supporter of the SRC Foundation. Open to any SRC district resident with a High School GPA of 2.5 or higher.
MidAmerica National Bank Scholarship
Established by one of Fulton County’s oldest banks, a long time SRC partner and supporter in the community, to provide several SRC students with scholarships each year. Open to any SRC district resident with a High School GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Gustav A. & Elizabeth P. Miller Scholarship
Established by longtime residents and business owners Gustav and Betty Miller. This is one of the SRC Foundation’s largest personal endowments. Open to any SRC district resident with a High School GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Molly Kay O’Brien Scholarship
Established by Brad and Michelle O’Brien in memory of their infant daughter. The scholarship was created as an incentive for eighth grade students to stay in school and attend SRC. Awarded every 4 years by Mr. and Mrs. O'Brien.
Avis A. Oliver Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2009 by her two daughters as a tribute to their mother and her love of learning. Preference given to art or education major with a GPA of 3.0. This scholarship is renewable. Selection made by Advisory Committee.
The Phi Mu Tau Scholarship
Open to Diesel Technology students.
J. Marshall Quick and Helen Quick Scholarship
Established in recognition of J. Marshall Quick, a lifelong farmer in Fulton County and the founder of the Fulton County Pork Producers. His wife, Helen, taught at Cuba High School for many years. Open to any SRC district resident with a High School GPA of 2.5 or higher and involved in curricular/extra-curricular activities.
The Stan Ransom Scholarship
Established in 2015 by Stan Ransom, a retired teacher who taught for 33 years at Canton High School and a graduate of Canton Community College. Preference is given to any student who participates in music, theater, or performing arts. Open to any SRC District resident with a high school GPA of 3.0 or above.
Red Dog Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship
Restricted to a second year Spoon River College student who is a resident of Fulton County, Illinois. Preference will be given to those pursuing a degree or certificate in health care or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) related programs. Consideration may also be given to those who have been diagnosed with CF or have immediate family members with CF.
The Sherman Reed Memorial Scholarship
Established by Mr. Sherman in 2004 in his last will and testament. The foundation awarded the first Sherman Reed scholarship in 2007. Open to any SRC district resident with a High School GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Mr. & Mrs. Glen Rogers Endowment Scholarship
Mr. & Mrs. Rogers established a very generous scholarship for SRC students at the suggestion of Mrs. Rogers’ sister, who once attended SRC. Open to any SRC district resident. This scholarship is renewable. Preference will be given to Farmington or Spoon River Valley graduates with a High School GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Marge Saville Memorial Scholarship
Established by the SRC Community Chorus, family and friends, and Brooks Carver and Mike Walters, authors of a series of books for the Spoon River Reads program, to honor community advocate Marge Saville. Open to anyone.
The Junior K. and Melba Schleich Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Junior K. and Melba Schleich, a Fulton County farmer and elementary educator, respectively, to provide financial assistance to local SRC students entering the field of agriculture with intent to transfer to a four-year program. Preference is given to a graduate of Spoon River Valley H.S., and secondary preference is given to education majors from Fulton County.
Robert Smolich Memorial Scholarship
Established by Robert “Bob” Smolich, a retired vice president of Spoon River College and community icon, by his last will and testament. Open to any SRC district resident with a High School GPA of 2.5 or higher.
SRC Foundation Board/SRC Board of Trustees Scholarship
scholarship was established by members of the SRC Foundation Board and
the SRC Board of Trustees. Preference will be given to a second year SRC
Phi Theta Kappa member or a student who has been involved in SRC
Student Activities. College GPA of 3.0 or higher.
The B.H. and Jim A. Taylor Scholarship Trust
This Trust is now invested by the SRC Foundation. Student must be a Canton High School graduate.
W.I. Taylor Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Taylor was an original founder of Canton Community College, which became Spoon River College. Preference is given to a part-time student who attends the Canton Campus and is seeking an associate degree.
Bradley K. Watson Scholarship
Established by the Watson family in honor of Bradley K. Watson. Awarding preference is given to a non-traditional student seeking a career in Career & Technical or Agriculture fields.
The Louise Wood Scholarship
Established by Havana resident Louise Wood to assist students who demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to Ipava or Havana graduates. Open to any SRC district resident with a High School GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Susanna Wood Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship, established by family members, honors the
importance of education in the life of Susanna Wood. Preference is given
to a VIT high school graduate.
The Dee Zaborac Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2015 by the Zaborac family, in memory of community advocate Dee Zaborac, to enhance the education of a local SRC student. Preference is given to an employee of the Canton YWCA, but consideration is given to any SRC student if no YWCA employee applies.
The Millie & Tom Zaborac Education Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Zaborac Family in
honor and memory of long-time Fulton County educators Millie & Tom Zaborac. The scholarship will be awarded to any student pursuing a
career in education. Recipient must maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher.
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