05/01/2017 11:20 am
Representatives from Rockford Promise held a press conference at Rock Valley College on Thursday, April 27, to announce the 2017 receipts of the neighborhood-based full-scholarships. Two students were awarded scholarships to attend Rockford University and eight students will attend Rock Valley College this fall.
Rockford University welcomes Magdaleno Mendoza (Rockford Urological Associates Named Scholar) and Vanessa Peoples, both from Jefferson High School. Both students have expressed interest in studying nursing.
Rockford Promise, modeled after the Kalamazoo Promise in Michigan, aims to provide a growing number of scholarships for Rockford students to attend school on full-tuition scholarships. Rockford’s program focuses on students from the Midtown and Ellis Heights neighborhoods, noted as two of Rockford’s lowest income neighborhoods. This is the second year Rockford Promise has awarded scholarships, increasing to eight recipients from four awarded in 2016. Students must meet grade requirements, do well on the SAT, have filed for financial aid, and plan to study in Rockford.
Read more about Rockford Promise and the four scholarship recipients in the April 27, 2017 Rockford Register Star article, “More full scholarships to area schools given through Rockford Promise.”
Pictured above: Rockford University President Eric Fulcomer with Vanessa Peoples and Magdaleno Mendoza.
Mendoza and Peoples with 2016 scholarship recipients are Alondra Torres and Jennifer Rosales, also Jefferson High School graduates.
Contact: Rita Elliott, Director of Communications, 815-226-3374
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