LAURITA URIBE ARISTIZABAL
''I am very thankful for being one of this year's recipients of the Rockford Promise. With the help of my family and the support of Rockford Promise, I am now one step closer to achieving my dreams of one day becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon. I will work hard and make all of those who have supported me proud, especially my mother, who has sacrificed so much. I hope to one day be able to encourage others like me to achieve their aspirations without worrying about being able to afford a higher-level education. ''