CARL SANDBURG (1878-1967) was born in the three-room cottage at 313 East Third Street in Galesburg, Illinois, to parents of Swedish ancestry. Sandburg wrote poetry, biography, autobiography, fiction and newspaper articles. He was a lecturer and folk-singer. His newspaper coverage of social unrest in 1919 resulted in a book called The Chicago Race Riots. The stories he invented for his three daughters became The Rootabaga Stories. When he was 70 he published his first and only novel, Remembrance Rock.

Galesburg Community Foundation is pleased to offer scholarships to students in Knox and Warren Counties and the surrounding area. See below for details about available scholarships.

Applications are available annually on January 1 and must be submitted online.


The online application requires students to complete a questionnaire, matching applicants to available scholarships. Applicants may either register or log in to the GCF system to complete the application. This is a step-by-step process the website guides users through. For questions email or call GCF at 309.344.8898.

Awards are to be applied toward tuition, fees, room and Board, or books and will be sent to the designated school. Scholarships are a one time award. Recipients may reapply each year eligible.

Available Scholarships:

Helen H. Wetherbee Nursing Scholarship

Students accepted into a school of nursing or currently studying under a nursing program are encouraged to apply for the Helen H. Wetherbee Nursing Scholarship. This scholarship is open to Knox and Warren County area students.
Applications are due April 1.

John E. Bohan Excellence in Athletics Scholarship

High school seniors from United High School are encouraged to apply for the John E. Bohan Excellence in Athletics Scholarship. This scholarship is open to senior football players who have been accepted into a collegiate program of study.

Becky Carlson Scholarship

Seniors at United High School are encouraged to apply for the Becky Carlson Scholarship. Applicants must be a United High School Senior and have participated in the Special Education Program at United School District #304 K-12.

Cole Steele Memorial Scholarship

Students at Knoxville High School are encouraged to apply for the Cole Steele Memorial Scholarship. Applicants must be a Knoxville High School Senior interested in pursuing an education in a vocation program. Students having a background or experience in agriculture will be given additional consideration.

Oneida Telephone Exchange Scholarship

The Oneida Telephone Exchange Scholarship is awarded to an eligible ROWVA High School senior. Eligible applicant families must be in good standing of the Oneida Telephone Exchange Coop and/or Oneida Networks Services.

Steve McBride Scholarship

The Steve McBride Scholarship was established in 1978 by Steve’s closest friends and members of the Alexis Men’s Club. This scholarship is awarded to two graduates of United High School who are a resident of North Henderson, Suez, Kelly or Spring Grove townships. Applicants are judged based on written application and in-person interviews with the Steve McBride Scholarship committee. The award will be given to the most deserving seniors at United High School.




ROWVA Works to Enhance Education Experiences With Chemistry Lab

ROWVA Public Schools Foundation has taken on the challenge of funding a new chemistry lab, setting a fund-raising goal of $165,000 based on the initial project bid.

Billtown’s barn-raising displays positive power of giving

We heard the cheers from half a block away: A pickup truck filled with kids whooped and waved their arms when they realized the new playground had finally opened.

Showcasing the Positive Work in our Region

During Community Foundation Week we asked nonprofits and community members to post a short video on Facebook showcasing how their work is making positive changes in their communities.

It’s about the act of giving

“The Community Foundation is an ideal way to give back
to the community to address needs now—and needs in the future.”
–Dr. John McClean


uring the week of November 12-16, 2018, Galesburg Community Foundation will observe Community Foundation Week by celebrating the positive changes made in our region thanks to generosity.


Galesburg Community Foundation’s board, grants committee and staff are pleased to announce the local nonprofit organizations receiving grant awards through the annual grant cycle, The Turnout.