Scholarship Listings for Skilled Trades

Diana (Diane) De Pover-Nesseler Memorial Scholarship

For the story behind the Diana De Pover-Nessler Memorial Scholarship, click here.
This scholarship is awarded every 4 years, and will award a new scholarship in 2022.

Need-based: No.
Amount: Up to $700 a year.
Renewable: Yes, for up to four years total or until graduation, whichever comes first.
Renewal Conditions: Maintain satisfactory academic progress and continue to meet other scholarship criteria.

Requirements and selection criteria:

  • Applicant must be enrolled or enrolling at a community college in the Quad Cities area for purposes of pursuing a career in their chosen area of study.

  • Preference will be given to female students pursuing a career in Applied Technologies and/or Career Tech Programs.

  • Recipients should demonstrate the perseverance, tenacity, determination and love of life that Diana had during her lifetime, as demonstrated through work experience, community involvement, and school achievement.


Don E. & Charlotte Williams Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist to individuals pursuing an education at colleges and other post-high school institutions, including trade and technical schools.

Need-based: Yes.
Amount: Up to $3,000 a year for full-time students and $75 per semester hour for part-time students. 
Renewable: Yes, for up to four years total or until graduation, whichever comes first.
Renewal Conditions: Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and continue to meet other scholarship criteria.

Requirements and selection criteria:

  • Applicant must reside in Scott County, Iowa or Rock Island County, IL, OR

  • If the applicant does not reside in the counties specified, the applicant must be a lineal descendant or dependent of a former employee (worldwide) of Don E. Williams Company.

  • Applicant may be a graduating high school senior or a non-traditional student.

  • Applicant must not yet have a bachelor’s degree.

  • Applicant should show evidence of leadership and character.

  • Applicant should submit an essay describing how their planned education will enable the applicant to achieve gainful employment in the applicant's chosen career.

  • Financial aid is a consideration, but not the determining factor.

  • Criteria include academic achievement, applicant’s determination to achieve his or her educational goals, and evidence of well-rounded interests and concern for others.

  • Preference will be given to applicants who are lineal descendants of a former employee of the Don E. Williams Company who was in good standing with the company during their employment.


Ligino Family Scholarship

Need-based: Yes.
Amount: Up to $500.
Renewable: No.

Requirements and selection criteria:

  • Applicant must be a graduating senior from United Township High School. 

  • Applicant must have at least a 3.0 grade point average.

  • Applicant must plan to be a full-time student at college, university or trade school.

  • Financial need will be the primary criteria for the scholarship.

  • Merit evaluated by school activities, community and personal activities, and work experience.

  • A rotating scholarship preference (not a requirement) in any single year is given to a student involved in or intending to pursue a career in the following:

    • 2020 - Track and Field

    • 2021 - Vocational Education

    • 2022 - Business

    • 2023 - Basketball


Mike Condon Memorial Scholarship

For the story behind the Mike Condon Memorial Scholarship, click here.

Need-based: No.
Amount: Up to $1,500 a year.
Renewable: Yes, for two years total or until graduation, whichever comes first.
Renewal Conditions: Maintain at least a 2.25 GPA and continue to meet other scholarship criteria.

Requirements and selection criteria:

  • Applicant must reside in one of the following Iowa counties: Jackson, Clinton, Scott, Cedar, Johnson, or Muscatine.

  • Applicant must have at least a 2.25 GPA on a 4.0 GPA scale (or equivalent average).

  • Applicant must be enrolled in a construction-related course of study.

  • Applicant must plan to or be enrolled full-time and pursuing an Associates or Bachelor of Arts degree from a college or university.

  • A preference will be given to students who have completed construction-related curriculum or participated in school-sponsored construction-related activities.

Quad City Regional Auto Show Automotive/Technical Trade School Scholarship

For the story behind the Quad City Regional Auto Show Scholarship, click here.

Need-based: No.
Amount: Multiple awards are made each year for up to $5,000 each.
Renewable: No.
Special Deadline: January 2, 2020 at 11:59pm.

All applicants must reside in one of the following counties: Cedar, Clinton, Des Moines, Jackson, Scott, Muscatine, Johnson, Washington, Louisa, Van Buren, and Lee in Iowa, and Carroll, Rock Island, Mercer, Knox, Henry, Jo Davies, and Whiteside in Illinois.

Requirements and selection criteria:

  • Applicant must attend or plan to attend Automotive Technical/Trade School.

  • Applicant must not have previously received an Auto Show Scholarship.

  • Factors to be considered include, but are not limited to, the applicants' participation in community service, extracurricular activities, and work experience.

  • One letter of recommendation is required, from a reference of applicant's choosing.