ROCKFORD (WREX) To some, a college degree is the ticket to success. But at times, the expense can hold students back.
“I would be in debt,” Mone’t Bradley, a Rock Valley College student says. “I would have to take out loans.”
That’s why the Auburn High School graduate considering going into the Army to help pay for college.
But her passion to serve, transitioned into wanting to become a nurse. She knew she needed a college degree to do it, but was worried about who would pay for it.
“The vision for Rockford Promise is that we’re able to make post secondary opportunities available and affordable for every child who graduates from Rockford Public Schools,” Susan Fumo with Rockford Promise says.
Bradely was just one of 22 students awarded full ride scholarships to either Rock Valley College or Rockford University in 2018 through Rockford Promise.
“My mom, she was really happy, she cried,” Bradley says.
That’s compared to the five it handed out almost four years ago. In 2019, it plans to hand out 30 more. The group hopes turns into almost 50 full ride scholarships in 2020.
“For the most part, all of this money has come from grassroots community members,” Fumo says. “$20 here, $50 there, maybe a $100 dollars, but people really see that this is something that has the power to change Rockford.”
The organization awarded 30 full ride scholarships to students for 2019. It plans to honor those students on April 26th.