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Bandit Scholars Program

The Bandit Scholars Program was founded in 2009 by the Quad Cities River Bandits' team owner Dave Heller. The program covers the tuition for the junior year of college for three Quad Cities area students.

The Bandit Scholars Program honors the team's strong belief in higher education and celebrates our strong belief in what we see as the four legs that support a strong table: academics, sports, charitable works, and love of - and commitment to - the Quad Cities community. The deserving recipient of each scholarship will not only have excelled in the classroom, but will have been active in sports (perhaps but not necessarily as a player) and extracurricular activities at his or her school; have had an impressive history of helping others, even when no one is looking; have demonstrated leadership and compassion for those less fortunate; and have already made a positive impact in our community through his or her actions, activities and work experience. Each winner will also have shown a commitment to continue his or her work to make the Quad Cities a better place to live, work, play and raise a family.

The Bandit Scholarships are given annually to four Quad Cities-area rising college juniors. One winner will be a student at Augustana College, sponsored by Epic Stone; another from St. Ambrose University, the third will be a student at Western Illinois University, and a fourth scholarship winner from Blackhawk College. The winners also will earn a summer internship with the Quad Cities River Bandits following completion of their junior year. The scholarships are non-renewable and only full-time students are eligible.

The scholarships are open to current rising juniors who reside in any of the following counties: Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Whiteside Counties on the Illinois side, and Cedar, Muscatine and Scott Counties on the Iowa side. Non-U.S. citizens and children or grandchildren of employees or owners of The Quad Cities River Bandits, employees of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (NAPBL), employees or Board Members of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend and any member of the Scholarship Committee are ineligible for consideration.


Donations to the Bandit Scholars Program can be sent to:
Quad Cities River Bandits
Modern Woodmen Park
209 S. Gaines St.
Davenport, IA 52802