''It is an honor to receive this Rockford Promise Scholarship. Coming from a poor family, finding a way to fund my education was extremely important to me. Before knowing I received the scholarship the plan was to apply for as many scholarships as possible and hope I received something. Rockford Promise has provided an opportunity to continue my education without the stress of debt. I’ve been guaranteed the opportunity for a college degree and for that I am very grateful. I’ll now be the first person in my family to earn a college degree! In the future when I use my degree to become an astronomer I hope to discover something that the world can look forward to.''