Rockford Promise Scholars explore “green” opportunities

New Year’s Day was spent volunteering at Flora Prairie Nature Preserve. Rockford Promise Executive Director, Dr. Tasha Davis, Rock Valley College Scholar Carla Peoples, and Rockford University Scholar Aldo Sapien started off the New Year being “green” by cutting out invasive plants to help conserve natural resources at the preserve. Rockford Promise and Boone County…


Listen: Mayor discusses economic potential of NIU Scholarship

Listen to Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara speak with John Williams of WGN Radio 720 about the proposed Northern Illinois University scholarship for RPS 205 students who live in the City of Rockford. Rockford Promise gets high school graduates into college for free! To stay up to date with Rockford Promise news, please fill out the…

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Mayor proposes significant expansion of Rockford Promise

Today, Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara, Rockford Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ehren Jarrett, Rockford Promise Executive Director Dr. Tasha Davis and Northern Illinois University President Dr. Lisa Freeman announced a new partnership that will provide free tuition at NIU to eligible RPS 205 students who live in Rockford. Since 2006, Rockford Promise, a 501(c)(3) location-based scholarship…

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A Fall Update from Rockford Promise

Welcome to our updated newsletter design! It’s been awhile since we have sent out a newsletter, but we couldn’t wait to share all of the great news about what’s going on at Rockford Promise! Take a look: meet our new 2020 Scholars, see what we’ve been up to (even in the midst of a pandemic!),…

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Meet our new Executive Director, Dr. Tasha Davis!

Rockford Promise is thrilled to welcome Dr. Tasha Davis as our first paid Executive Director.  Dr. Davis comes to our organization with a strong background in education, business and finance, and nonprofit management.  And, as the Rockford Register Star puts it, “Rockford Promise’s new executive director exemplifies its mission”.  We couldn’t agree more! In the…

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A Big Promise For The Future

Rockford Promise sent 10 Rockford Public School graduates to college this fall, tuition free. In a few years, we will fund an entire high school class and, ultimately, the whole district. Imagine telling your business contact in another town that anyone who graduates from your local public high schools can go to college for free.…

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My View: Rockford Promise can transform our community

Rockford Promise sent 10 Rockford Public School graduates to college this fall tuition free. Next year we want to send 20. In a few years we will fund an entire high school class, and one day with the help of the community, all the children who graduate from Rockford Public Schools. Our energy is growing…

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Clark Legacy Foundation donates $25K to Rockford Promise

The Clark Legacy Foundation recently donated $25,000 to support Rockford Promise. The proceeds will be utilized to support the mission of Rockford Promise: send Rockford Public Schools graduates to college and eliminate any financial barriers that accompany post-secondary education. One 2018 Rockford Public Schools graduate will be named the Clark Legacy Foundation Promise Scholar and…

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Make Rockford Promise Our Top Priority

Rockford Promise. It’s a local scholarship program. It’s been going on for a while now. It’s growing. Too slowly. Way too slowly. I’ve been promoting it in columns since 2012. But it still hasn’t gained widespread traction here. This year, 10 full-ride scholarships were awarded April 27 to low income students from Midtown on the…


Education Matters: Rockford Promise Scholarship Program

Rockford Promise is a scholarship program modeled after one in Michigan that pays for education after high school. The program covers nearly all students and has shown measurable success, including: higher GPAs, better graduation rates, and lower teen crime. Supporters believe focusing on education is key to making a difference in our community. Erica Bibalou…