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Executive director update: Get to know Kaylene Groh

In April, Kaylene Groh was promoted from director of scholar support to interim executive director. Kaylene assumed the role from  Dr. Tasha Davis, and is excited to continue the organization’s positive momentum deepening major partnerships with the City of Rockford, Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and Northern Illinois University. She’s committed to extending continued support…

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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 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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Rockford University welcomes its largest Rockford Promise class in fall

Rockford Promise announced eight new recipients of full four-year tuition scholarships to attend Rockford University (RU) beginning in the fall of 2022. It is the largest RU cohort yet since Rockford Promise and Rockford’s 175-year old university began collaborating in 2016. Rockford Promise is a location-based scholarship program transforming the lives of students, their families…

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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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RP Scholar takes her talents to Orlando

ROCKFORD – Chanel Black, the Rockford Auburn graduate and Rockford Promise Scholar in her final semester at Rockford University, got to show off her musical talents in the land of Mickey Mouse. Chanel, who won the Auburn’s Got Talent contest when she was a freshman at Auburn, is part of the of the Vocal Collective…

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Applications for Rock Valley College scholarships soar 43%

ROCKFORD – Rockford Promise received 160 applications for its scholarships to attend Rock Valley College (RVC) for the 2022-2023 academic year. This is up from the 112 applications received in 2021 for the RVC scholarship – a 43% increase. Rockford Promise is a location-based scholarship program transforming the lives of students, their families and neighborhoods…

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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…

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Growing Number of Rockford Promise Scholars Earn RVC Honors

A record number of Rockford Promise Scholars earned recognition for academic performance and were included on Rock Valley College’s (RVC) honors lists for the fall semester. Rockford Promise is a location-based scholarship organization transforming the lives of students, their families, and neighborhoods by providing full-tuition scholarships to outstanding Rockford Public School District #205 (RPS) students…

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Rockford Promise adds three board members

Rockford, IL – Rockford Promise, a scholarship organization transforming the lives of students, their families and neighborhoods while serving as a powerful economic driver for our community, added three Rockford professionals to its board of directors. * Scot Dobbs, president of Summit CPA Group. Scot is a Guilford graduate who earned his associate’s degree from…

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