Rockford Association for Minority Management celebrates $1 million in college scholarships
ROCKFORD — After 38 years of awarding scholarships to college-bound high school students, the Rockford Association for Minority Management hit a milestone Friday night at its annual banquet.
With the 27 scholarships handed out Friday, the group has given more than $1 million to Winnebago County students to support their pursuits of a higher education. A total of 741 scholarships have been awarded.
“It speaks to commitment and belief in making an impact on African-American young people,” said Becky Cook Kendall, RAMM vice president and scholarship chairwoman. “Twenty to 25 percent of the students come back to this community. … The broad range of students that we award scholarships to from all walks of life indicates that our African-American children are excelling.”
This year’s scholarship winners represent eight area high schools. They plan on attending colleges across the country — near and far — from Florida A&M University to Rock Valley College.
RAMM was founded in 1980 by a group of area black managers and supervisors from companies such as Hamilton Sundstrand, Ingersoll Milling Machine, Woodward Governor, Atwood and DaimlerChrysler.