A grants submission deadline has been announced by the Moline Community Foundation. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply if they serve the citizens of Moline and the surrounding region, including the Quad Cities.

All materials necessary to receive funds are due in The Moline Foundation offices by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 or must be postmarked by or on Wednesday, April 15, 2009.

Any non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, including those who have never received Moline Foundation funding in the past, is welcome to apply.

For more information, please refer to The Moline Foundation's web site at www. molinefoundation.org

An application should consist of a written request stating the name and address of the organization, its mission, names and addresses of Board members, financial statement, balance sheet, and the specific purpose for which any money received would be used including a project budget. The name, telephone number, and email of a contact person must also be included. The requested materials should be mailed according to the above deadline. Other important information about grant submission is available at The Moline Foundation's web site.

The Moline Community Foundation offices are located at the Deere-Wiman House, 817 11th Avenue, Moline.

The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, community development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of Moline and the surrounding area, including the Quad Cities region in both Iowa and Illinois. The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts and has a current endowment of approximately $13 million.

The Moline Foundation announces March 31, 2009 as the deadline to apply for the Charles Curry SMART Bus Scholarship. Applicant must be a 2009 graduate of a high school in Iowa or Illinois living in Henry, Mercer or Rock Island counties in Illinois or Scott or Muscatine counties in Iowa. Applicant may also be a freshman, sophomore or junior at an Illinois or Iowa college who graduated from a high school in one of the above five counties. Applicant must plan on majoring in or currently majoring in a Natural Resource curriculum or an Education curriculum. Students must enroll on a full-time basis. Students should contact their counseling office at your High School for an application or the Moline Foundation.

The scholarship award winner will be chosen by a local scholarship selection committee and will receive a scholarship of $500.00.

Charles E. Curry is the Founder of the Interstate Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) SMART (Sharp Minds Are Reading Thoroughly) Bus.

The SMART Bus Program, committed to reducing illiteracy, which began in 2000, has handed out over 36,000 books to children in the Muscatine and Scott Counties in Iowa and Henry, Mercer and Rock Island Counties in Illinois.

Charles E. Curry is a successful farmer and businessman from Alpha, Illinois and has served his community as a volunteer with many organizations including Interstate RC&D, Inc., the Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District for the past 34 years, the Livestock Feeders Association, the Henry County Board of Education, the Black Hawk Shrine Club, the Ophiem, IL Lutheran Church, and many other civic organizations.

Mr. Curry is well-respected in the Quad Cities area serving in various capacities with the Interstate RC&D Council. His leadership qualities combined with a passion and a vision for improving our natural resources, promoting community and rural economic development and education has contributed greatly to the success of the RC&D program and to helping improve the quality of life in our area.

The Charles E. Curry Scholarship Fund was established in November of 2008 by the SMART Bus Committee to honor the hard work and dedication of Mr. Curry.

The scholarships are also administered through the Moline Foundation founded in 1953 to further the growth and development of citizens living in the Quad Cities region in Iowa and Illinois.

The Moline Foundation is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, community development, the arts, and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of the Quad City region. The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts and endowments with a current endowment fund of approximately $13 million. For more information contact Executive Director Joy Boruff at (309) 736-3800 or visit The Moline Foundation web site at www.molinefoundation.org.

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DES MOINES, Iowa ? The Nature Conservancy in Iowa is currently accepting applications for the annual $3,500 scholarship and internship awarded by the Anna Beal Trust. The Conservancy will grant 10 scholarships and internships to undergraduates attending an Iowa college or university. The 11-week field internship will take place from May 26 to August 10. Application, cover letter and references must be submitted by February 27, 2009.

The internship is a unique experience for undergraduates who are conservation minded and would like the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of environmental issues as well as receive financial assistance. If accepted, interns serve as crew members.

The crew, supervised by Conservancy staff, will be introduced to savanna restoration, exotic-species removal, preserve management practices, preserve design, natural resource protection, and conservation science methods.

Recipients will travel extensively throughout Iowa, mostly on Conservancy-owned property, and learn about the beauty of Iowa's tallgrass prairie, deciduous forest and wetland ecosystems. Crew members will be responsible for a variety of hands-on work functions, such as species identification, management techniques, fence repairing, fire line construction, fuel loading reduction and prescribe fire participation.

Crew members must be willing to live a rustic lifestyle and work in adverse weather conditions. Living in close quarters with crew members provides the opportunity to learn about fellow crew members and establish life-long friendships. During the week, crew members will camp in tents without electricity. The Conservancy will provide food stored in coolers and cooked on portable range camp stoves. Each crew member is expected to share in the cooking and cleaning duties.

Interns make significant contributions toward preservation by working eight-hour days with an hour for lunch. Crew members must have a strong work ethic and be able to work closely as a team as well as be self-motivated and be able to work individually and productively.

"The learning experience is extensive," says Scott Moats, the Conservancy's Broken Kettle Grassland Preserve manager and former Anna Beal intern, "and many internship recipients are successful in acquiring careers in the conservation field after completing their internship."

The Anna Beal Trust was founded in 1974 by Ed and Anna Beal, who farmed in Black Hawk County and wished to provide educational opportunities for deserving Iowa students. The proceeds of the Trust were designated to help Iowa college students, who without financial assistance could not obtain a college education.

If you are interested in obtaining more information about the Anna Beal Trust scholarship or would like to receive an application, please visit The Nature Conservancy in Iowa's web page at www.nature.org/iowa or call the office at 515-244-5044.

Nicole Cobb of Bettendorf and Christopher Carton of Davenport have been named to the Fall 2008 Dean's List at Mount Mercy College. Students with a semester grade point average of 3.50 or better and who are graded (letter grade, not pass/fail) for six or more semester hours are eligible for inclusion on the Dean's List. Ms. Cobb is a Frshman at Mount Mercy majoring in Biology. Mr. Carton is a Junior and is majoring in Criminal Justice.
WQPT, Quad Cities PBS announces the 15th Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest for 2009.

      The contest is open to students in Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade.  Every entrant will receive a Certificate of Achievement signed by Reading Rainbow host, LeVar Burton.  Stories must be the original work of the child. They may write fact or fiction, prose or poetry. All entries must be postmarked by Friday, April 3, 2009, and sent to WQPT, 6600 34th Avenue, Moline, Illinois 61265 or delivered to WQPT in Building 2 at Black Hawk College in Moline. Sixteen winners (four selected from each grade) will receive local recognition on WQPT and win special prizes.  First place winners will compete for national prizes. Winning stories will be displayed at the Butterworth Center in Moline, Illinois, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa and the Family Museum in Bettendorf, Iowa. Winners will be notified in late April, celebrated at a reception in their honor at Deere-Wiman House on May 17 and invited to appear in a Reading Rainbow promo on WQPT. Last year one of WQPT's local winners, Jayda Brunkan of the Ed White School, went on to be a 3rd place finisher in the national competition. There were 45,000 contest entrants nationwide and Jayda was one of only 12 national winners.  "Jayda was our first national winner. Wouldn't it be nice if one of our contestants would win again?" said Ana Kehoe, WQPT Education Outreach Director.

      The sponsors are also hosting workshops to help Kindergarten through 3rd grade students with their writing and illustrating skills. Participants are not required to enter the contest. Parents are also invited to learn how to assist children with writing and editing stories.  The 1 ½ hour workshops will be held:

° Sat., Feb. 7, 10 a.m.: The Family Museum in Bettendorf, free with the cost of admission

° Sat., Feb. 7, 10 a.m.: Rock Island Public Library, no fee

° Sat., Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m.: Moline Public Library, no fee 

Please contact the museum and libraries to sign up for the workshop. 

      To find out more about entering the contest log on to www.wqpt.org.

      Funding and support for the project has been provided in part by the Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House, Figge Art Museum and Family Museum.

      WQPT is a broadcast service of Black Hawk College located in Moline, Illinois.

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Ryan Peterman of Bettendorf has received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. Peterman will enter the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, this fall.

"I'm proud to announce Ryan Peterman's acceptance to the U.S. Naval Academy," Braley (D-Iowa) said. "With his excellent academic record and his history of community involvement, Ryan will be a valuable addition to the Naval Academy. I'm happy that Ryan will have the opportunity to further his education while continuing to serve his country at Navy."


Ryan Peterman will graduate from Bettendorf High School this spring, where he maintained a 3.9 grade point average while participating in student council, football and the Student Hunger Drive. Ryan is the son of George and Carolyn Peterman.

Each year Congressman Braley nominates students to the military service academies, including the U.S. Naval Academy. Nominees must demonstrate upstanding character, academic achievement, physical fitness, and leadership skills. A nominating committee comprised of community leaders reviews all applicants, with Congressman Braley recommending top candidates to the respective academies. Final acceptance decisions are made by the service academy. Students interested in applying to military service academies for enrollment in fall of 2010 should contact Congressman Braley's Waterloo office at (319) 287-3233.






In keeping with its motto of "Service Above Self,' the Rotary Club of Rock Island has undertaken another initiative to enhance the lives of children in Rock Island with its adoption of Earl Hanson Elementary School.
Time is running out. Once 16 million strong, U.S. veterans of World War II are dying at a rate of more than 1,000 a day and now number about 2.5 million, the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates. With fewer and fewer WWII veterans alive, who will help the next generation remember?

In answer to that question, three students from Rock Island High School History teacher Rick Miers' class are partaking in a project organized by the Illinois WWII Veterans' Memorial Project. Over the summer, D.J. Anderson, Travis Scudder and Grant Snyder received training in Springfield at the Illinois State Library for their undertaking. They are to interview and document WWII veteran stories for inclusion in the statewide project and also submitted to the Library of Congress Veterans History Project http://www.loc.gov/vets.

The team is also looking for more WWII experiences to capture. If you are a WWII Veteran or if you have memories of what was happening on the home front during WWII and would like to be interviewed, please contact Rick Miers at Rock Island High School, 309-793-5900 x1138.
Looking for some financial stability in these tough economic times? Then head over to "Celebrate Savings," at Washington Jr. High, 3300 18th Ave. Rock Island, on Saturday, November 8, 9:00 a.m. - Noon for a morning of financial fodder to straighten out your budget, take control of your spending and save a few dollars at the grocery store. The event features financial resources for the whole family, from saving some green in your wallet to saving some green in the environment.

Some topics include :
•    Budgeting and Paying Down Debt
•    Accessing & Reviewing Your Credit Report
•    Save Green by Being More Energy Efficient
•    Holiday Dining for Less
•    Teen Tycoons: Cash in Your Wallet and in the Bank (for ages 12 - 18)
•    Saving Money at the Grocery Store
•    Staying Calm During Tough Economic Times

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Childcare is offered for children ages 4 - 11. Seminar topics will start at 9:00 a.m. and run every half hour until noon.

"Financial literacy is definitely important in times of economic crisis," says Nancy Hanna of Neighborhood Partners. "It's essential to know where your dollar is going and to have the knowledge you need to take charge of your financial well being."

Sponsors of the event are the Rock Island School District, Rock Island Neighborhood Partners Knowledge Through Neighbors Task Force, Rock Island Neighborhood Partners School-Community Task Force and QC Dollarwise. For more information call 309-732-2900.