Quad Cities Campus

WIU-Quad Cities Scholarships

The Michaela Romano Scholarship

The Michaela Romano Scholarship is given annually to students excelling in degree programs offered by the College of Arts & Sciences at Western Illinois University – Quad Cities. Gifts of the College faculty, these awards are offered every spring to two undergraduate and two graduate students to honor their academic commitment and to assist their completion of degree work in the coming semester or year. Presented since 2009, these scholarships were named in 2015 in remembrance of Michaela Rae Romano (1988-2015), daughter of Western Illinois University professors of biology Michael and Susan Romano. A cum laude graduate of Knox College with a major in Anthropology-Sociology and a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies, Michaela was an exemplary student of the liberal arts and sciences. At Knox, she received the Academic Achievers Scholarship and Howell Atwood Award and was an active member of Students against Sexism in Society and the Chinese Club. Michaela subsequently completed a Chinese Language Certificate at Beloit College and taught English in China.

Eligibility Requirements and Selection Process

Eligible undergraduate and graduate students have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and are completing a College of Arts & Sciences degree at WIU-QC in the coming fall or subsequent spring. Faculty teaching eligible students are invited to nominate one undergraduate and one graduate student to a selection committee comprised of three faculty representing a variety of disciplines in the College. The committee will notify students of their nomination and that to be considered they must also submit an approximately 500-word essay demonstrating specific ways they’ve benefited from their WIU-QC CAS education. The committee will review and select two undergraduate and two graduate recipients. Portions of the recipients’ essays may be read at the WIU-QC CAS Spring Reception.

Contact Information: Dr. Everett Hamner, Professor of English, e-hamner@wiu.edu

Grant W. Brissman and Virginia M. Brissman Foundation Scholarship

  • Resident of Milan, Illinois who is enrolled at WIU on either campus.
  • Year in School: Undergraduate or Graduate
  • Major: Open to any major.
  • GPA: Minimum GPA 2.5
  • Financial Need: Highest priority based on need.
  • Other Requirement: Demonstrate educational goals and career aspirations are aligned with a maximum 1000 word essay.
  • Deadline to Apply: Not Available
  • Award Amount: Variable
  • Apply to/Contact Information: Applications available online and from QC Scholarship Office

William Butterworth Foundation Scholarship


Katherine Deere Butterworth’s community involvement and philanthropy led her to establish the William Butterworth Foundation in memory of her husband, William.

Mission: The William Butterworth Foundation is dedicated to leveraging its strong heritage and valuable resources to actively support artistic, charitable, cultural and educational endeavors that enhance the quality of life for individuals and families in the greater Quad Cities community.

Vision: The William Butterworth Foundation will, through sustained public engagement, support community education and lifelong learning by proactively identifying, providing, and funding quality programs as well as preserving accessible and hospitable facilities.

“How a degree in Elementary Education will enhance the quality of life for others in the QC Region?”

$2,500 annual scholarship
Half applied in fall, half in spring, unless student is graduating in fall then paid in-full during fall semester


Dorothy Looser-Flake and Roberta Looser Scholarship


The Looser-Flake Charitable Foundation was created by the estate of Dorothy Looser-Flake and Roberta Looser who were born and raised on a farm near New Boston Township, Illinois. The sisters each were elementary school teachers in Mercer County as well Rock Island public schools and established their foundation to recognize their dedicated careers in education as well their upbringing in Mercer County. The mission of the Looser-Flake Charitable Foundation is to advance economic development and further cultural and educational opportunities in Mercer County, Illinois, with a particular focus on New Boston Township.

  • GPA, ACT, Year in School: Minimum GPA 2.5, Undergraduate student
  • Major, Other Requirements: Any major, but a preference for Education or Agriculture majors and minors
  • Resident of Mercer County, Illinois who enrolls full time at either WIU campus
  • Demonstrated community service to Mercer County, especially New Boston Township with a preference for those who plan to reside in Mercer County after degree attainment
  • Highest priority - based on financial need (FAFSA)
  • Deadline to Apply: TBD
  • Award Amount: Variable
  • Apply to/Contact Information: Applications available online and from QC Scholarship Office

Lowell N. Johnson Scholarship

  • GPA, ACT, Year in School: 3.25 GPA, Undergraduate
  • Major, Other Requirements: Open to any WIU-QC major; must live in either Rock Island, Henry, or Mercer county for three years prior to application.
  • Deadline to Apply: Friday, September 10, 2021 at 4PM
  • Award Amount: Variable
  • Apply to/Contact Information: Applications available online and from QC Scholarship Office

Online Application Form

Printable PDF Application Form

Chris & Pam Ontiveros Scholarship

  • A past or current member or volunteer of the Boys & Girls Club of the Mississippi Valley
  • Must be enrolled for a minimum of 6.0 credit hours
  • Major: any WIU-Quad Cities major
  • Deadline to Apply: TBD
  • These factors are considered: GPA, Financial need, Community Involvement
  • Apply to: Applications available online and from QC Scholarship Office