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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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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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Raise the Roof 2021

– Rockford Promise’s premiere annual fundraiser – Join Rockford Promise for a night under the stars to raise funds for Scholar support for over 140 students at Rockford University, Rock Valley College, and Northern Illinois University! This celebration features a “Hollywood Stars” atmosphere with performers and games, open-air dining under the stars, dancing on the…

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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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