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Michelle Nixon Memorial Scholarship

Michelle Nixon was a dedicated ally to the LGBTQ community that passed away on January 29, 2021 after a long, courageous battle with ovarian cancer. This scholarship is in honor of her devotion of helping others in the community.

Annually, we will award a $1,000 scholarship to one local LGBTQ student or student ally.  Students must be high school seniors accepted for the next academic year or currently enrolled in college, university, trade, or vocational institution. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. The scholarship will be paid directly to the students academic institution that they will be attending. 

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This scholarship was created in memory of Michelle Nixon.  Michelle was dedicated to achieving equality for all.  It is our desire that this scholarship will have an impact on a student’s life and help them connect with educational resources. 

We believe financial hardship should not be an obstacle for a student striving to achieve their goals. Our goals for this scholarship are:

  • To continue helping others in Michelle’s memory.

  • To inspire, encourage and support others through this financial assistance.

  • To assist a student to overcome financial hardship and to have the opportunity to attend college, university, trade school or a vocational school of their choice.

Donations are always accepted by check payable to: Michelle Nixon Memorial Scholarship c/o Kevin Gibbs,

402 East 12th Avenue Coal Valley, IL 61240. 

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2022 Donation in memory of Michelle

$1,000 donation of toys for children at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital

As no scholarship applications were received in 2022 a donation of $1,000 in toys was given to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.  Michelle was able to bring a smile to so many children with this donation.

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2021 Scholarship Awarded 

September 11, 2021

The first annual Michelle Nixon Memorial Scholarship was awarded in the amount of $1,000 to Black Hawk College student Andrew Davis.

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Mail completed scholarship application and essay to: Michelle Nixon Memorial Scholarship c/o Kevin Gibbs

402 East 12th Avenue, Coal Valley, IL 61240


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