''What it means to be a Rockford Promise recipient to mean is that all my hard work in school and out of school has paid off. It also means I made my parents proud. The scholarship has affected my life positively. It feels nice knowing that I don't have to pay as much as before so I can get the education I need. I would like to thank everyone who donated to the Rockford Promise because they literally lifted a weight off of mine and my parents shoulders.''