You are eligible if you are a junior at Rock Island High School in the spring of 2010 and a senior in the fall of 2011. 

Applicants are chosen on the basis of their stated project goal and their detailed plans to accomplish that goal. The Thoms Family believes in equal opportunity for all. Essays, grades, class rank, and test scores are not utilized to determine participation. Details on writing a project proposal are included on the Application Process page.

How do I benefit?

April 25, 2016

What is Scholarship? 

Grades? Test Scores?

Earn $500 for participating and become eligible for a $5000 scholarship! Work hard, accomplish your goal and earn your rewards. Learn skills essential for success in the world you enter after high school.

Am I eligible?

We make your education dreams a reality

The Thoms Family Above & Beyond Scholarship identifies and honors Rock Island High School Juniors who demonstrate problem solving, organizational, and leadership skills in projects of their own choosing. The program overlaps the spring of the junior and fall of the senior year. Approximately five juniors are chosen each year to participate.

Think of an area of interest you want to explore related to business / entrepreneurship, conservation, engineering/technology, community service, politics or public service.  Fill out application and recommendation form, including a clear statement of your goal. (Yes, your goal can be to earn money!) Write a proposal for accomplishing your goal.

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Above & Beyond Scholarship

Application Deadline 

To go above & beyond...


Great accomplishments are not typically brought about by mediocre men and women. They are brought about by distinctly uncommon people with vital sparks of leadership who have gone above and beyond. The Thoms Family believes in equal opportunity for all including the opportunity to rise to leadership by going above and beyond.


Are you ready to start the future?

How do I participate?

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