About the Scholarship

Throughout his childhood, John R. “Jack” Cervantes was a struggling, illegal immigrant. Despite facing adversity throughout his early life, he was able to attend college, become an American citizen, and serve military duty for his country during World War II. Jack truly lived the American dream! (Read more in Jack’s biography.)

The John R. “Jack” Cervantes Memorial Scholarship is administered by the Mary Little Deere-Fort Armstrong Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and fulfills another dream of John Cervantes to repay those who helped him.

Each spring, beginning in 2009, a graduating senior from Moline High School is awarded with a $1,000 John R. “Jack” Cervantes Memorial Scholarship. The recipient of the scholarship should embody the following characteristics of John R. Cervantes:

  • Studious, capable and hardworking
  • Dedicated to others and involved in a variety of school and/or community activities
  • Serious about earning a university degree
  • Financial need

Beginning in the spring of 2011, the recipient of the scholarship is awarded $1,000 per year (up to four consecutive years) while enrolled in a four-year university.