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DARI is providing two $5,000 scholarships to Rock Island high school seniors to help kick off our community marketing campaign “Why Rock Island.” 


Applicant must be attending a Rock Island high school and reside in Rock Island, Illinois. A Visual essay is required that describes Why Rock Island is a wonderful place to live, work and play. You will need to create a video (5 minutes or less) or a Photo visual. A link to your visual documentation must be included in your application (for example a link to a YouTube video, Google Doc, TikTok, PowerPoint, etc.) The completed application form and required documentation are to be submitted via email by April 22, 2022.

The DARI Scholarship Application Form must be completed for consideration. All answers must be typed.

Application Documentation will include the following:
• Completed typed Application Form.
• Written Essay.
• Visual Essay – A link to your visual documentation.
• Letter of Reference (which will be emailed separately to DARI).
• Permission for the Release of Video/Visual Materials.


Applicants are asked to use their imagination to create a video or other visual that tells the story Why Rock Island is a great place to live, work and play! A panel representing the Development Association of Rock Island Executive Board of Directors will review the scholarship applications and select the final winners. There will be two winners selected for $5,000 scholarships. Awards are for one year and will be paid directly to the college/university of enrollment upon receipt of verification of enrollment. The DARI board reserves the right to modify or alter the amount of awards. Scholarship winners will be asked to submit a photo of themselves to be featured in a media release, social media and other promotional materials. Winners will be announced on May 18, 2022.