Record number of Rockford Promise Scholars earn Rockford University honors

A record number of Rockford Promise Scholars earned recognition for academic performance and were included on Rockford University’s honors list for the fall semester.

In the fall, eight Rockford Promise Scholars made Rockford University’s Distinguished Scholar List. To make that list, students must have taken at least 12 credit hours and earned a 3.75 grade point average or higher. An additional five Scholars were named to the Dean’s List, an honor reserved for students achieving a 3.25 GPA to 3.75.

In all, 13 of the 22 Scholars attending RU made the honors lists, the best showing yet in terms of the number of Scholars earning honors. Rockford Promise first began giving full-tuition scholarships for students to attend RU in 2016. The chart below shows the number of scholars enrolled at RU each semester since and how many made the honors lists.

SemesterScholars EnrolledDist. ScholarDean’s ListTotal Honors
Fall 20162101
Spring 20172112
Fall 20174011
Spring 20184022
Fall 20188011
Spring 20198011
Fall 201914617
Spring 202014639
Fall 202018819
Spring 202118729
Fall 2021228513

The data shows that Rockford Promise’s partnership with Rockford University continues to deepen both in numbers and in the success of the students. All Rockford Promise Scholars at RU have either graduated or continue to work towards graduation.

“We believe that this 100% retention rate is due to the mentorship provided by Rockford Promise coupled with the various academic and co-curricular support services that we offer,” said Eric Fulcomer, president of Rockford University, which is celebratings its 175th anniversary. “Our partnership with Rockford Promise is improving the lives of these students and is positively impacting their families and our community.”

Rockford Promise continues to extend its reach, proving more full-tuition scholarships and Scholar support to RPS graduates each year. In 2021-2022, community donors, including the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, fully funded the 2021 cohort of Scholars attending RVC, a total of 63 students. Rockford Promise had 171 students active at all three institutions at the start of the 2021-2022 school year and 51 earned honors in the first semester.

With the growing number of Rockford Promise applications for all three higher education partners, Rockford Promise needs additional volunteer mentors to support Scholars. For more information about becoming a Rockford Promise mentor and supporting the 2022-2023 cohort of Scholars, please visit, email or call 815-627-0491.