''To me, the Rockford Promise scholarship means that instead of drowning in loans after graduation I can be hopeful and excited about my future. Personally, I am so grateful that I have this opportunity to get a degree and focus on being successful and making myself and everyone around me proud. I am so thankful for everything the Rockford Promise donors have done for the future of our community, and I can't wait to help improve our community when I am able to. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am so unbelievably grateful to be able to have the chance at the future I have always dreamed of.''
Northern Illinois University – Hospitality and Tourism Management