''I want to personally thank each one of you for this scholarship. I am very honored to be a Rockford Promise recipient. After learning that I was selected as a Rockford Promise recipient, I felt at ease knowing that I can continue my education. I will be the first one in my family to go to college so this is a big deal to me and my family. I will try my very best to not let this go to waste and to make people proud. Without the donors and Rockford Promise this would have not been possible. I am beyond thankful for this opportunity!''