Lee McAllister, known as "Mr. Mac", taught in the Moline schools system from 1948-1981. At John Deere Junior High School, he taught social studies and coached 7th grade track and basketball, and 8th grade football. He also taught drivers' education and was involved in a pioneering aerospace education program offered through Augustana College. Mr. Mac sponsored the Bible Club at John Deere for many years. The last ten years of his life, he served as Counselor at Calvin Coolidge Junior High School.
Many of his social studies students remember Mr. Mac as he required them to attend Moline City Council meetings in order to learn about the importance of involvement in local government. Many of his students went on to become elected local officials, including the office of Mayor. One of his former students was elected to the office of Governor of Tennessee.
A native of Nebraska, Mr. Mac received his BA and BS degrees from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska. He continued his education while teaching full-time, and earned a Master's degree from the University of Iowa.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Mr. McAllister immediately volunteered for service, interrupting this teaching career to serve in the war in the Pacific. An active member of Bethel Welsey United Methodist Church for more than fifty years, Mr. McAllister sang in the choir, served as lay leader and taught Sunday School. As a young man, he was active with the Boy Scouts. After retirement, he tirelessly volunteered his time, helping at local hospitals, volunteering for an after school program, and teaching Rule of the Road refresher courses for seniors.
The Lee McAllister Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2011 by his family. Mr. Mac loved his students, loved teaching and coaching, and most of all, loved living in Moline. This scholarship honors his desire to help young people pursue education and become productive members of their community.
-Candidates must be a graduating high school senior from Moline High School.
-Candidates must intend to pursue a bachelors degree on a full-time basis with studies in the field of education.
-Candidates must demonstrate financial need, presented through the scholarship application and information confirmed by the financial aid office of the selected college (available at time of interview).
-Candidates must have achieved high school scholastic performance with a GPA of at least 2.75.
-The potential for future personal achievement by the final candidates will be evaluated by the selection committee and two letters of reference received as part of the application requirement. Desire to achieve, abilities, school and community activities and a strong academic record will be the criteria for selection of the scholarship recipient.
-Each scholarship award will be $1,000 for the academic year.
-Scholarship funds will be distributed through the school financial aid office. Distribution will be at the beginning of the school year.
-Submit transcript and essay on "Why are you entering the field of education?' (Maximum 200 words)
-Scholarship funds may be applied to any component of the school's comprehensive fee, at the discretion of the financial aid office.
-Only completed applications will be considered.
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