Foundation Scholarships

Foundation Scholarships

The SRC Foundation and Spoon River College offer a wide variety of scholarships each year. Scholarships may be for academic excellence or for talent or skill. Some scholarships are named after individuals who wish to continue making a difference in the lives of others. Some scholarships are for a particular profession or degree. On this page you can find out more information about the following:

Scholarship News
Application Process for Foundation Scholarships
Permanent Named Endowed Scholarships
Foundation Administered Scholarships
Nursing Scholarships
Dual Credit Scholarships


 Scholarship News


Fall Dual Credit Scholarship applications are now available for high school students taking dual credit courses with Spoon River College this fall! Download your application below; deadline is August 31!




 Application Process


​Application Process for Foundation and SRC Scholarships

Students must be formally admitted to SRC to apply for our scholarships. Everything you need to know and do is in our comprehensive application.

To apply for all scholarships at Spoon River College:​

  1. Complete the scholarship application by March 15 (available in January 2016 for 2016-17 Academic Year)
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  3. Submit transcript

Once you complete the three step process according to the information supplied in the application, you will become eligible for all relevant scholarships.

PLEASE NOTE: Scholarship monies are applied to a student’s SRC account (½ of award in Fall semester; ½ of award in Spring semester). TO RETAIN A FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP, an award recipient will be required to submit a letter to the scholarship donor. The Foundation will notify all award recipients of when this letter is due (November) AND provide an acceptable template the recipient should use when writing the letter. These letters are then forwarded on to the donors by the Foundation. Failure to comply will result in the revocation of the scholarship for the remainder of the academic year.


 Permanent Named Endowed Scholarships


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 School graduate. 

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.

The Rodney & Bertha Fink CNA Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Macomb residents Rodney and Bertha Fink to assist with the up-front costs of obtaining a CNA license.  Scholarship is awarded once per year to a student, demonstrating financial need, who is enrolled in the CNA program at SRC.  Preference will be given to a student who is involved with the Samaritan Well program in Macomb.

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 annually.

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
This 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.

Note: Named endowed scholarships are created upon investment of $10,000 or more. The scholarships become self-perpetuating through interest creation and continue to provide financial assistance for future generations. To learn more about named endowed scholarship opportunities, please contact ColinDavis at (309) 647-6395 or


 Foundation Administered Scholarships


Many organizations and businesses ask the Foundation to administer the scholarships they offer to SRC students each year. Students interested in these scholarships should use the standard application form.

      1st Farm Credit Services Agriculture Scholarship Program
The 1st Farm Credit Services Agriculture Scholarship Program provides a $500 scholarship to a deserving student enrolled in agriculture or agriculture related curriculum at one of eight community colleges in the 42-county service territory of 1st Farm Credit Services. Individual institutions create their own criteria for selection made during the fall semester of each academic year.

      Canton Area Chamber of Commerce
Awarded to a current graduate of Canton High School with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Preference given to a student intending to major in Business.

      Canton Works Club Scholarship
Preference given to those who have proof of family relationship to a former International Harvester employee. This scholarship is renewable if SRC GPA is 2.5 or higher.

      Edward Jones - Rusty Melhouse Scholarship
The Edward Jones-Rusty Melhouse academic and community scholarship is to provide support for a student studying business and/or agriculture within the Spoon River College district. Emphasis shall be given to students looking to transfer on to a four year institution and completing an undergraduate degree. Of equal importance to the major is that this support shall be given to a deserving recipient who has been involved in the community through public service and volunteerism and looks to carry on in the spirit of paying it forward.

Fellheimer Trust (Awarded in the Fall, Spring and Summer)
Student must attend SRC Macomb Campus and live in SRC District 12 months of the year. Preference will be given to non-traditional students who must be 25 years of age or older or have a dependent child. New applications required each semester. Student must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Student may receive a maximum of 4 awards while enrolled at SRC. Awards are made for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

First State Bank of Illinois
Student must be a Macomb High School Senior with GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Clayton Fornoff Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of SRC student Clayton Fornoff; awarded to a Havana High School graduate.

SRC Foundation Student Board of Trustee Scholarship
Provided to the student selected to represent the SRC student body.

Fulton County Youth/Virgil Ball Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded by the Council in odd years.

Francis Roy Herink & Margaret C. Otto Herink Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to Canton High School Senior.

Katherine Jaeger Scholarship
Applicant must have GPA of 3.0 or higher. This scholarship is renewable if SRC GPA is 2.5 or higher.

John and Ruth Loebach Scholarship
Awarded to a second year student who is pursuing higher education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and who will transfer to a four-year institution.

MGH Scholarship
Established to provide financial assistance to a student pursuing a career and technical or academic education attending the SRC Rushville Center. Preference is given to a graduate of Rushville-Industry High School.

Robert E. Ritschel Scholarship
Established by former SRC President Ritschel.  Awarded to any student residing within the SRC District.

Thomas O. Trainer Memorial Scholarship
This annual scholarship was established by friends of the late Thomas Trainer to provide financial assistance to a student attending Spoon River College with an interest in conservation/parks and recreation studies.


 Nursing Scholarships


The SRC Foundation offers several nursing scholarships to accepted nursing students throughout the year. For information on the following and all nursing scholarship opportunities, please contact: Sherry Nelson, (309) 647-6227.

The Illinois Health Improvement Association Scholarship

The Altrusa International of Macomb Scholarship

The Rosie Brown Scholarship

The Marilyn Casey Scholarship

The Severinsen Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Dr. K. Norman Severinsen by Rosalie M. Severinsen to provide financial assistance to a 2nd year nursing student; preference is given to a non smoker.

The Sherrie Wood Scholarship
Established by former SRC Vice President Dr. Bev Bowen in memory of her daughter-in-law. Preference given to those entering the field of nursing.


 Dual Credit Scholarships


This scholarship is for SRC District High School Students.

The SRC Foundation offers dual credit scholarships to assist eligible area high school students who want to begin earning college credit while still in high school. Scholarship awards are in the amount of $75 per student per semester and are applied to a student’s account at SRC. If the account has been paid in full, the student will receive a refund check in the amount of the award. Preference will be given to those families with less than $65,000 gross annual income and a household totaling four or more people, but all may apply for consideration. Awards are made after each semester begins. Application forms are available below. Print off the forms, complete, and mail prior to the deadline to the SRC Foundation at the address listed on the form.

These scholarships are limited to students attending SRC district high schools offering dual credit courses through Spoon River College. For more information, contact Colin Davis at or (309) 647-6395.

Fall 2016 Dual Credit Application (Word)​
Fall 2016 Dual Credit Applicaton (PDF)

Dual Credit Scholarship Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2016 semester.  Deadline is August 31!


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 Scholarship Recipients


Spoon River College Academic Performing Grants

SRC offers 11 academic performing grants each year for full-time first year students based on academic achievement. These awards cover tuition and fees for 36 semester hours in consecutive semesters during the academic year. The student may choose three semesters in a summer, fall, spring OR a fall, spring, summer order. These grants are renewable if a student maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.3 and full-time status throughout the academic year.

SRC also offers two academic performing grants for second year students maintaining a 3.3 cumulative GPA and full-time status (both in the first year at SRC and in the second year).Several academic performing grants are available to part-time students. These awards are for one semester and students must reapply each semester. Students must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and be enrolled part-time (less than 12 hours) at SRC.

Spoon River College Performing Skill Grants

Performing skill grants are awarded each year to students showing special ability or talent in the areas of Art, Drama, Athletics and Agriculture. Students receiving these grants may use the awarded funds for tuition or books. Activity sponsors in each area have specific requirements and criteria that must be met.

Students interested in performing skill grants must complete all the necessary eligibility requirements for SRC/SRC Foundation Scholarships as outlined on the application form AND contact the individual sponsor regarding additional eligibility requirements.

  • For Art: Tracy Snowman (309)649-6237
  • For Athletics: Missy Wilkinson (309) 649-6329
  • For Agriculture: Dr. Michael Woods ​(309)649-6269
  • For Drama: Douglas Okey (309) 649-6308
  • Additional performance or special scholarships based on skill, leadership, or talent in Nursing, Commercial Driver Training, All-USA Academic Team, Diesel, and the SRC Student Member of the Board of Trustees are awarded annually.