Lee A. Womack graduated from Moline High School in 1956 from Arizona State University in 1960. He taught school for eight years at Central Junior High School in Rock Island, Illinois. In 1968, he started work for Mr. Quick, Inc. and became President of the corporation in 1975.
He served as President until 1980, when he founded the Lee Womack Insurance Agency. For 22 years, he owned and operated the insurance agency. Mr. Womack also served as President of Porkies Restaurants, Ltd. from 1987 until he died in 2002.
In 1991, Mr. Womack was awarded the Quad City Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year award by Black Hawk College and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Womack served on the Moline Planning and Zoning Commission, Moline Crimestoppers Board, and was also a member of the Silvis Jaycees, Milan Rotary Club and Milan Chamber of Commerce.
His first love, however, was teaching. Each year he would spend time in the Wilson Middle School Special Education classroom talking to the students about life. He always said, "You can do anything you want to do, but good things don't come easily. To do it right, you have to work hard." For his friends and clients, he always had time to hear about their problems and offer his advice. Mr. Womack was highly respected in the Quad City community. He had a reputation for providing others with an opportunity to succeed. By establishing the Scholarship fund, he continues to provide that opportunity for years to come.
The Lee Womack Memorial Scholarship award was established by Mr. Womack's wife, Peggy, the Lee Womack Memorial Golf Outing Steering Committee. Annually since his death, a golf outing has been held in Mr. Womack's memory to raise funds for a local charity. In 2004, a scholarship fund was established and is administered through The Moline Foundation's scholarship program.
The Lee Womack Scholarship Fund is intended to provide funds to deserving students graduating from Moline High School who plan to obtain a college degree in Education. Special consideration will be given to Education majors who give an emphasis to Special Education. However, a Special Education major is not a requirement for this award.
Selected recipients shall use the funds for first year expenses for tuition, room, board, or books at any accredited two-year or four-year institution.
-Applicant must be a current graduate of Moline High School, Moline, Illinois.
-Applicant must have maintained and provide proof of cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during the first seven (7) semesters of high school.
-One scholarship will be awarded in 2018. Applicant must provide proof of class rank and a transcript of seventh semester courses.
-Applicant shall intend to major in Education. A preference will be given to students majoring in Special Education.
-Applicant must have been involved in a service oriented activity or organization in his or her school, community or place of worship.
-Applicants must submit an essay to the Selection Advisory Committee stating why they want to obtain a degree in Education (or Special Education), their goals, and how they feel this would be an asset to themselves and the community. Maximum 200 words
-The amount of awards and number of awards to be granted will be determined annually by the Selection Advisory Committee. The funds will be paid directly to the recipient's educational institution. Students must enroll on a full-time basis. (Full-time basis means carrying at least 12 semester hours.) Proof of major and class schedule will be required. -Applicant must submit two letters of reference, one from Moline High School faculty members, administrators or counselors and one from an individual (not related to the applicant) in the community.
-Only completed applications will be considered.
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