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Rockford Promise awards 31 scholarships to RPS students

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May 6, 2019

ROCKFORD — Rockford Promise, a nonprofit that works to improve the local economy by awarding college scholarships to students of Rockford Public Schools, handed out a record-breaking 31 full-tuition scholarships Friday afternoon.

The recipients were celebrated at a ceremony at Rock Valley College, where 27 of the students will attend classes in the fall. The other four received scholarships to Rockford University.

Rockford Promise is based on the Kalamazoo Promise in Kalamazoo, Michigan, which promises every student who graduates from Kalamazoo Public Schools a scholarship to attend college. The Rockford ogranization is working to become a fully-funded program that can extend the scholarship to all Rockford public school graduates.

The number of Rockford Promise scholarships has gone up each year since 2016 when it awarded five. Last year, 22 scholarships were given.

Each scholarship to RVC is valued at $8,000. Each scholarship to Rockford University is valued at $90,000. Rockford Promise contributes $16,000 toward each Rockford University scholarship. The remainder of the cost is covered by grants and the university.

This article was cited from Rockford Register Star journalist Corina Curry. Posted April 26, 2019. Find the full article here:  https://www.rrstar.com/news/20190426/rockford-promise-awards-31-scholarships-to-rps-students

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A special shoutout to local high school student and videographer, Tamir Bell! The past several weeks, Tamir has been helping us to develop career awareness videos that will be provided as virtual learning opportunities for RPS 205 high school students.

Tamir is a well-known videographer within the Rockford region. He recently started Tamir Bell Productions and has already built a long resumé of filming famous faces in our community, including Mayor McNamara and State Rep. Maurice West.

Tamir Bell Productions is a video production company that develops business brand videos, testimonials, basketball mixtapes, and much more.

You are awesome, Tamir! Thank you for your sharing your talent and time with us!

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The pandemic isn’t stopping us from connecting students with area employers! In what would have been the Academy Expo today, we are SO excited to announce that in place of our traditional Expo, we launched nearly 50 career-focused videos for students to connect virtually with area businesses and organizations. From engineering to agriculture - we have so many amazing partners in our region that are willing to support students and their career - and life - goals.

Check out the videos on our YouTube Channel! - www.youtube.com/channel/UC84oBxZvdn8uldUTuhcBhXw
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Thank you, Rockford Fire Department Recruiter, Bo Chaney, for your dedication to supporting Rockford students!

From early childhood learning initiatives to workforce development programs, Bo is volunteering his time to help students of all ages succeed! He is a member of our Ready to Learn Family-Friendly Neighborhoods Team and a member of our Fire Science Industry Council.

FUN FACT: Bo is an educator by trade and author of the children’s book series, “The Adventures of Rob and Rocky,” which helps young children discover a variety of career options.

We love to highlight and share stories of our amazing volunteers and the work they do to make our community a better place to live, work and thrive! Thank you, Bo!

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