Vintage Rods, Vietnam vets donate $5,000 to student scholarships

Pictured from left to right are: Quad City’s Vintage Rods club member Gary Miller of East Moline; Dr. Thomas Baynum, Black Hawk College president; Rose Mary Boesen, executive director of the BHC Foundation; and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 299 representatives Terry Lynch of Moline and Ray Hamilton of Port Byron.

Last updated 12/23/2013

Two local organizations recently donated a total of $5,000 to the Black Hawk College Foundation for student scholarships.

Quad City’s Vintage Rods donated $3,000 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 299 donated $2,000.

The Vietnam Veterans of America donation establishes a new scholarship that will be awarded in June for the Fall 2014 semester. Any veteran or active duty military member from any branch of the service can apply. Scholarship applications will be available March 1, 2014.

The car club’s donation was generated by gate admissions to the Quad City’s Vintage Rods 42nd Annual Car Show held Sept. 29, 2013, at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus. The money for the new veterans scholarship was generated by concessions at the car show.

The Vintage Rods scholarship is available to Quad-Cities Campus students with excellent academic performance. Four students received a Vintage Rods scholarship for the 2013-14 school year.

Since 1984, the car club has given more than $63,500 to the BHC Foundation and has donated to the college for more consecutive years than any other organization.