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Ike Leighty

Mother Moon Service Scholarship

The Mother Moon Service Scholarship Fund awards student scholarships for community service in recognition of Sadie "Mother" Moon and countless others like her who have focused their lives on serving others.  This scholarship seeks to recognize those who, at an early age, have discovered the rewards of service and provides them with assistance to advance their education beyond high school.


In the spring of 1991, Jane Leighty Justis approached the family of Sadie Moon with a rather unusual request: to create a scholarship in their mother's name.  Jane's father, H.D. (Ike) Leighty, was influenced greatly by Mother Moon when he was a boy living in her home town of Macomb, Illinois.  He describes Mother Moon as a wonderful example of someone who quietly served others in need.  


New in 2015, the scholarship is offered to Juniors enrolled an accredited McDonough County high school.  Each applicant must plan to advance their education after high school, be a good role model and contribute at least 100 hours of service to the community within the last 12 months.  Recepients will be required to serve on a committee to promote volunteerism and the scholarship during their senior year.




“We can never repay all that has been given to us by those who love us. We can only pass it on.”

Since 1994, Ike Leighty has provided the Mother Moon Scholarship, through the McDonough County United Way. That is five scholarships every year, to McDonough County students who showed a love of volunteering and giving back to others. Over the last 21 years, Ike saw to it that our community received $105,000 to support the secondary education of these giving students. Ike passed away on August 20, 2015 at the age of 99. Ike made provisions to make sure the Mother Moon Scholarship carries on, and for that, we are so incredibly grateful. But more so, the McDonough County United Way is forever grateful to have had the pleasure of knowing Ike and his amazing family. He was the personification of stewardship. Please take a moment to read his obituary and see for yourself what an incredible person he was. We will wholeheartedly miss you, Ike!! Thank you for teaching us about the "wonder and mystery of it all!"



The Mother Moon Service Scholarship Reception was held on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at Macomb City Hall.  

From L-R:  John Moon (Mother Moon's son), Koby Gooden, Kammie Harn and Taylor Runquist (West Prairie High School), Alistair Merrett and Allyson Raines (Macomb High School), and David Moon (Mother Moon's grandson.)


John Moon (Mother Moon's son) with Ike Leighty, Scholarship Benefactor.  Best friends since age 5.  



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