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Pete the Purple Bull is a program of QC United, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

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The Pete the Purple Bull team is committed to providing educational opportunities for Quad City graduates from Iowa and Illinois with special attention given to the underserved and the economically disadvantaged populations.

“Swing into Education” Scholarships are awarded to five graduating high school seniors each year who have attended an Iowa or Illinois Quad City high school and who are planning to attend one of the following colleges: Augustana College, Black Hawk College, St. Ambrose University, Scott Community College or Western Illinois University, QC Campus.

This is a matching-fund scholarship; meaning that the Pete the Purple Bull Program has formed partnerships with the above identified schools and that each of these schools has agreed to provide matching funds for one or more years. (For example, a student who is awarded a $400 scholarship from the Pete the Purple Bull Program will also receive at least $400 from one of the schools listed above). The scholarship amount awarded is determined by the Board of the Pete the Purple Bull Program (an entity of QC United) and is based on available funds raised at the Annual Swing into Education Golf Tournament that occurs the 3rd Friday each June.

Pete the Purple Bull’s Scholarship Program has been in existence for 20 years and has provided over 115 Quad City graduating seniors with scholarships worth over a total of $160,000.


Download the Swing into Education Scholarship Application here.

The Reece Morgan Scholarship is also offered by the Pete the Purple Bull Program on an annual basis and was created in honor of Coach Reece Morgan, a man who mentored many at-risk youth in the Quad Cities area and encouraging them to pursue higher education. This scholarship focuses increased attention on student volunteerism and community service.

See the Online Reece Morgan Scholarship Application here.

Download the Reece Morgan Scholarship Application here.