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Raise The Roof 2022

Join us and LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL as we celebrate and raise funds for Rockford Promise Scholars! Laissez le bon temps rouler! This year’s annual Rockford Promise party will be at the lovely Starlight Theatre on Rock Valley College’s campus. This year’s event will focus on funding Scholar support for more than 300 students…

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Auto shop reopening to benefit Rockford Promise

Saturday, Sept. 10, check out the renamed GreatWater Garage CherryVale Tire & Auto, which has been serving car and truck owners since 1980, now is part of the GreatWater Garage family. GreatWater Garage is a growing chain of service stations with locations in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. There will be a grand opening of…

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Down some hamburgers for Rockford Promise

Tuesday, Aug. 30, satisfy your hamburger cravings at Stockyard Burger Bar On Tuesday, Aug. 30, you can enjoy one of the five best burger joints in Rockford – according to Yelp.com – when Stockyard Burger Bar hosts a Rockford Promise day. The restaurant opens at 11 a.m. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the principals…

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Party at Lino’s to support Rockford Promise

Friday, Aug. 26, hang out with Northern Illinois University alums Lino’s, long one of Rockford’s favorite restaurants, holds special events every Friday called “Fridays in the 14th Ward.” Friday, August 26, all proceeds from the event go to Rockford Promise and the NIU Rockford Alumni Club! This weekly party begins at 5:30 p.m. and features:…

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First NIU cohort has strong freshman year

ROCKFORD – A groundbreaking agreement between the City of Rockford, Northern Illinois University and Rockford Promise allowed 98 Rockford Public Schools graduates to attend NIU tuition free in 2021-2022. It was the first year of a multi-year commitment by the city of Rockford to donate $1.5 million to fund the scholarships. According to a report…

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Rockford Promise introduces record number of new scholars

Today, Rockford Promise signed scholarship commitments with some of the 175 outstanding Rockford Public School students who were offered full-tuition, four-year Rockford Promise scholarships to attend Northern Illinois University. The Scholars were recognized as part of the largest cohort to date, showcasing the rapid growth of the location-based scholarship program. Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara was…

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Applications for Rockford Promise – NIU Scholarships Up Seven Percent

Rockford Promise received 281 applications for its scholarships to attend Northern Illinois University (NIU) for the 2022-2023 academic year. This is up from 2021, the first year for the NIU option, in which Rockford Promise received 266 applications. Rockford Promise is a location-based scholarship program transforming the lives of students, their families and neighborhoods by…

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NPR: Promise Scholarship Covers Tuition and Fees for 100 Rockford Students in First Year

Northern Public Radio, By: Peter Medlin To listen and/or read the full story, please visit: https://www.northernpublicradio.org/2021-09-10/promise-scholarship-covers-tuition-and-fees-for-100-rockford-students-in-first-year The college admissions process is complicated. It’s even trickier to maneuver miles of scholarship applications and financial aid packages when you’re learning remotely thanks to a global pandemic. “It was a big mess to actually kind of dig through…

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Back-to-School Perspective: The Promise

By Susan Fumo, Board President This fall the City of Rockford is celebrating back to school in a big way. One hundred and fifty Rockford Public School Students will start college with full-tuition scholarships thanks to Rockford Promise. Rockford Promise is a non-profit organization that partners with Rockford Public Schools, the City of Rockford, Northern…

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Record Number of Scholarship Applications Point to Popularity, Potential of Program

Rockford Promise closes 2021-22 scholarship process; numbers exceed expectations Rockford, IL; March 2, 2021: Rockford Promise recently closed its application process for the 2021-2022 academic with a record number of 284 Rockford Public Schools seniors applying for scholarships to at least one of three institutions including Rock Valley College, Rockford University and Northern Illinois University.…

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