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Rockford Public Schools makes major investment in Rockford Promise

ROCKFORD – The Rockford School Board on Tuesday approved contributing $100,000 a year to Rockford Promise to help the organization support our rapidly expanding roster of students at Rock Valley College, Rockford University and Northern Illinois University. Since the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, Rockford Promise has been raising funds to give full-tuition scholarships…

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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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A Winter Update from Rockford Promise

Read our latest news! Rockford Promise is hard at work. Take a look at our most recent announcements and accomplishments, hear from one of our donors and our Executive Director, and help us celebrate our most recent graduates.

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Rockford Promise receives 2021 Community Arts Access Grant

Rockford Promise is honored to have been selected by the Rockford Area Arts Council as one of the recipients of the 2021 Community Arts Access Grant. With this grant of $2,316, Promise Scholars will have the opportunity to create a children’s book, “The Untold Adventures of Promise Scholars”. The book will be aimed at teaching…

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Rockford Promise Scholars explore “green” opportunities

New Year’s Day was spent volunteering at Flora Prairie Nature Preserve. Rockford Promise Executive Director, Dr. Tasha Davis, Rock Valley College Scholar Carla Peoples, and Rockford University Scholar Aldo Sapien started off the New Year being “green” by cutting out invasive plants to help conserve natural resources at the preserve. Rockford Promise and Boone County…

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Listen: Mayor discusses economic potential of NIU Scholarship

Listen to Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara speak with John Williams of WGN Radio 720 about the proposed Northern Illinois University scholarship for RPS 205 students who live in the City of Rockford. Rockford Promise gets high school graduates into college for free! To stay up to date with Rockford Promise news, please fill out the…

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Mayor proposes significant expansion of Rockford Promise

Today, Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara, Rockford Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ehren Jarrett, Rockford Promise Executive Director Dr. Tasha Davis and Northern Illinois University President Dr. Lisa Freeman announced a new partnership that will provide free tuition at NIU to eligible RPS 205 students who live in Rockford. Since 2006, Rockford Promise, a 501(c)(3) location-based scholarship…

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