Our Donors

Welcome! We’d like to thank our donors for their contribution and support that helps us continue our mission.

Albert Wrate

ALBERT S. WRATE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP | Ruth Wrate & Sandy and Chris Wrate

Donor Contacts: Mrs. Ruth Wrate and Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Wrate Created in memory of Bert by the Wrate family, and funded by his wife Ruth, his daughter Teri (Paul) Baits, his son Chris (Sandy) Wrate, many family friends and former students. ALBERT “Bert” S....

ALLEN JOHNSON

ALLEN JOHNSON

Donor Contact: Allen Johnson Allen began the Boyd Johnson Scholarship in 2005 in memory of his father and after his mother died, expanded the name to include her. Allen’s nickname is AJ and in 2019 he established the AJ Johnson Scholarship. BOYD E. JOHNSON May 6,...

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ALPHA CONTROLS & SERVICES, LLC | Brent Bernardi and Frank Rotello

Scholarship Contacts: Brent Bernardi and Frank Rotello established this scholarship to encourage our community’s best and brightest students to earn their engineering degree in Rockford. In addition to the scholarship, they offer a paid internship for a student...

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ANN MILLER WADDELL MEMORIAL NURSING SCHOLARSHIP | Shirley and Jim Waddell

Donor Contacts: Shirley and Jim Waddell began funding scholarships and grants in 1989 with the first scholarship being named for Jim’s parents. The Orville H. and Freda M. Waddell Scholarship at the University of Illinois is given annually to transferring students...

Don and Frank Manzullo

CATHERINE MANZULLO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP | Donald and Freda Manzullo

Scholarship contact: Donald and Freda Manzullo Catherine Manzullo’s sons, Don and Freda Manzullo and Frank and Mary Ann (now deceased) Manzullo established this scholarship in 2000 in their monther’s memory. Don graduated from American University, Washington, D.C....

Chase Shott

CHASE SHOTT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Contact: Mrs. Kathy Shott Established in memory of Chase Shott by his mother, Kathy Shott, and others who knew and loved Chase and wanted to continue his beautiful legacy of love by aiding future students of Bodycraft Wellness & Massage Center and Rock...

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COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS | Jon Bates, President

Scholarship Donor Contact: Jon Bates, President, Community Foundation of Northern Illinois Founded in 1953, the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) is a regional leader in philanthropy. Their donors come from all walks of life, but are united in their...

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DR. HAROLD J. PALM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP | Barbara Palm

Donor Contact: Barbara Palm, Harold’s widow, chose to establish this scholarship in his name with the numerous memorial gifts from his family and friends. Harold touched the lives of countless students during his many years of service in the education field,...

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ENBRIDGE ENERGY | Paul Meneghini, Manager, Community Engagement

Enbridge is committed to supporting and strengthening the communities near our pipelines and facilities, and being a good neighbor means the world to them. They have provided $5,000 each year since 2015 to fund this scholarship. Enbridge operates, in Canada and the...

EVELYN ABRAHAMSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP | Shirley and Jim Waddell

EVELYN ABRAHAMSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP | Shirley and Jim Waddell

Donor Contacts: Shirley and Jim Waddell began funding scholarships and grants in 1989 with the first scholarship being named for Jim’s parents. The Orville H. and Freda M. Waddell Scholarship at the University of Illinois is given annually to transferring students...

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INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE FIGHTERS LOCAL 413 | Mr. Christopher Scrol, President

Scholarship Contact: Christopher Scrol, President of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 413 KEVIN ROBERT MCINTYRE 1958 – 2004 This scholarship was established in memory of District Chief Kevin R. McIntye. Kevin was the son of Robert W. and Mary...

Jim and Shirley Waddell

JIM & SHIRLEY WADDELL/SWEDISHAMERICAN HEALTH SYSTEM SCHOLARSHIP

Donor Contacts: Shirley and Jim Waddell began funding scholarships and grants in 1989 with the first scholarship being named for Jim’s parents. The Orville H. and Freda M. Waddell Scholarship at the University of Illinois is given annually to transferring students...

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LEOTA BENZEL SCHILLING NURSING ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Contact: Mr. Vernon P. Schilling Created By: Leota’s two dear friends, Karen and Ivy, and additionally funded by RVC Nursing Alumni,friends and family in memory of Leota Benzel Schilling (October 2, 1935 – January 18, 2017) The Leota Benzel Schilling...

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MARY LUNDBY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP | Katie Peterson

Donor Contact: Katie Peterson Mary’s mother was an educator and ensured Mary achieved the best she could be. The importance of education was passed on to Mary’s sister, Katie, who was inspired by the RVC’s RAISE* program to initiate a scholarship in Mary’s name....

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METROLOGY RESOURCE GROUP | Patrick Murphy

Scholarship Contact: Patrick Murphy, is a current member of the Rock Valley College (RVC) Board of Trustees and a past board member of Rockford MELD. Patrick, a former RVC student, worked as a programmer and machinist for Greco, a regional sales manager at Reinshaw,...

Bob and Norma Trojan

NORMA AND ROBERT TROJAN

Scholarship Contact: Norma and Robert Trojan Robert (Bob) Trojan was elected to the Rock Valley College Board of Trustees in April 2015. He graduated from Chicago Vocational High School, served in the U.S. Marines and completed his BS in Mechanical Engineering from...

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SWEDISH AMERICAN HEALTH SYSTEM | Jennifer Maher, President & CEO

Donor Contact: Jennifer Maher, President & CEO of the SwedishAmerican Health System. For more than a century, SwedishAmerican has grown with the region they serve. Through the struggles and contributions of countless individuals, and the pioneering efforts of early...

THOMAS MICHAEL SCHWINDAMAN

THOMAS SCHWINDAMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP | Barbara Schwindaman and Gordy Germany

Scholarship Contacts: Barbara Schwindaman and Gordy Germany Gordy Germany was Tom’s close friend and was instrumental in establishing the Thomas Schwindaman Memorial Scholarship. A major donor to the scholarship fund, Gordy worked with Barb, Tom’s widow, to set...

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TWILIGHT FLYERS CLUB | Howard Randall

Donor Contact: Howard Randall is the President of the Twilight Flyers Club which established this annual scholarship in 2018 to aid students enrolled in the Rock Valley College Aviation Maintenance Program.. TWILIGHT FLYERS CLUB The Twilight Flyers Club is a member...

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY 9/11 MEMORIAL BOARD| Will Pederson

Scholarship Contact: Will Pederson, President, Winnebago County 9/11 Memorial Board This organization was formed to fund a monument to honor the citizens and emergency responders who died that tragic day. It is their ongoing mission to embrace the spirit of 9/11 and...

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WOODWARD SCHOLARSHIP FOR ENGINEERING | Chris Fawzy, President, Woodward Charitable Trust

Scholarship Contact: Chris Fawzy, President of the Woodward Charitable Trust In 2007, understanding the need for more engineers in the Rockford area, Woodward partnered with the Rock Valley College Foundation to create this scholarship to encourage our community’s...