Support from Community Leaders for Rockford Promise:


Larry Morrissey

City of Rockford

"Rockford Promise can be the critical link that improves higher education access and aspiration through building a funding system for our families and making life-long learning the pillar of our community."


Ehren Jarrett

Rockford Public Schools

"I fully support the idea of a Rockford Promise. I believe a community commitment to a location-based scholarship program like the Rockford Promise would both dramatically improve the lives of students and increase local property values.


Litesa Wallace

State Representative
67th Distric of Illinois

“Every student deserves access to higher education and the opportunity to fulfill their career potential. Rockford Promise is an important step forward toward achieving that goal in Rockford.”


Dr. Karen Walker

Director of Student Success and Retention
Assistant Adjunct Professor of Education
Rockford University

“Participation in higher education is crucial for the success of our next generations. Rockford Promise removes the financial barriers that often make it difficult, if not impossible, for local students to experience the benefits of having a college education. Marian Wright Edelman said, ‘Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it’. The entire Rockford community benefits when local students achieve increased levels of education”.



Einar Forsman

President & CEO
Rockford Chamber of Commerce

"Rockford Promise has the potential to have a positive impact on the City of Rockford far beyond what one can imagine."