Rockford Promise Scholarship Information 2014


Scholarships are available to graduating seniors of the five high schools in the Rockford, IL Public School District #205 (Auburn, East, Guilford, Jefferson and Roosevelt). Scholarships for seniors graduating in May 2014 will total $1,000 each. To be eligible for a scholarship, the student MUST complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, 2014. The FAFSA application may be completed electronically (on the computer) at  If you have questions about how to complete the FAFSA, talk to your high school guidance counselor.  

Completion of the FAFSA with estimated family income is acceptable if family income tax returns have not been completed by March 1.  If you do this, you will need to update your original FAFSA application as soon as your family’s 2013 income tax return is completed.  Rockford Promise does not receive or see any of the information you submit on the FAFSA. Rockford Promise simply requires that you complete the FAFSA.

After you complete the FAFSA, take proof that it was submitted to your high school guidance counselor. Your counselor will give you a postcard-sized, informational form to complete. Return the completed form to your counselor.  That form is your Rockford Promise scholarship application!  Your counselor will place the form in a secure container.  Before the end of the school year, most likely at an all-school assembly, Rockford Promise representatives will draw cards at random from the secure containers at each high school to determine the scholarship winners. If the card with your name on it is drawn, you will receive a $1,000 scholarship!! It is that simple!

Rockford Promise scholarships are not dependent upon family income, grade point average or any other criteria except for timely completion of a FAFSA and attendance at an accredited college or other post-secondary education training program*.

If you have any questions, please contact your high school guidance counselor or the Chairman of the Scholarship Committee, Cyndi Stonesifer at

At the time this document was prepared, the number of scholarships to be granted in 2014 has not been determined. However, in the spring of 2013, Rockford Promise awarded 27 scholarships of $500 each.


*Eligible post-secondary institutions include those that are eligible for Title IV federal funds (i.e Pell grants, student loans, etc) for the program of study that the student wishes to pursue. The scholarship may be used for any eligible expense up to the school-defined Cost of Attendance. The scholarship check will be issued to the selected institution upon receipt of evidence of enrollment.