Quad Cities River Bandits - Bandit Scholars Program


The River Bandits scholarship is awarded annually to a rising junior (awarded spring term of sophomore year) to assist with junior year tuition and fees. The scholarship of up to $8,000 is intended to cover the expected family contribution of the student towards tuition and fees. The recipient also commits to completing a paid internship with the River Bandits for the summer following his or her junior year. The scholarships are non-renewable and only full-time students are eligible to apply. During the summer paid internship, the student must receive 0-9 academic credits and complete academic assignments. The recipient will be selected by a committee.

The Bandit Scholars Program honors the team’s commitment to higher education and celebrates its belief in the critical role education plays both in making a well-rounded citizen and strengthening our community. The program recognizes the importance of sports, academics, charitable endeavors and love of the Quad Cities area. The recipient of each scholarship must demonstrate excellence in all four of these areas while also demonstrating an ongoing commitment to hard work and an upbeat, positive attitude.

Criteria for consideration

Five key selection criteria

  • Interest in sports
  • Strong academic record (overall GPA of at least 2.9/4.0)
  • Involvement in charitable endeavors
  • Love of and commitment to QC community
  • Commitment to hard work with a positive attitude
  • Rising Junior (60+ credits at beginning of junior year – awarded during spring term of sophomore year)
  • 0-9 internship credits earned during the summer internship
  • Full-time student during academic year
  • US Citizen
  • A complete application, submitted on time
  • High school graduate from one of the following counties: Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Whiteside Counties in Illinois, or Cedar, Louisa, Muscatine and Scott counties in Iowa.
  • Relatives of employees or owners of QC River Bandits, National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, or children or grandchildren of the scholarship committee members are not eligible for the award.

The Complete Application

  1. A letter of application containing the answers to the following questions:
    Why do you deserve to win this award?
    How does your area of study and activities relate to the sports management field? What, if any, experience do you have in the field of sports or sports business?
    Discuss your accomplishments and activities in charitable endeavors and how your involvement has impacted the development and growth of your character.
    Discuss your plans for life after college and how you would, after graduation, make the Quad Cities a better place.
    Do you have any financial challenges for college tuition and fees?
  2. Current unofficial transcript, printed as pdf file
  3. Current resume.
  4. One formal letter of recommendation from a college faculty or staff member and one from someone involved in the fields of sports or sports business.

Note: Top candidates will be asked to complete an interview with the selection committee during April. One candidate will be selected; however, the selection committee does reserve the right to not award the internship and financial award if there are no qualified candidates.

Please drop off applications in the CORE Office (1st Floor Olin).