Parkside P.R.I.D.E. Scholarship awarded

The first Parkside P.R.I.D.E. (Promoting Responsible Ideas and Deeds Everyday) Scholarship has been awarded to Breanna Bowen, a 2010 graduating Rockford High School senior who attended Parkside Elementary School.

Breanna Bowen

Founded in 2002-03, this scholarship is provided by the efforts of the Parkside Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). As a long-term goal and in an effort to promote P.R.I.D.E. behavior among students leaving the elementary school environment, the Parkside PTO established the scholarship. An integral part of the application process is for the student to demonstrate how they have utilized the P.R.I.D.E. philosophy and lifeskills during their high school years.

Promoting responsible ideas and deeds everyday is an ongoing effort by Parkside students, staff and parents to improve student behavior and respect for others. This scholarship is to reward Parkside alumni for their contributions to this community and their school, for high school graduation years 2010 through 2019.

Scholarship awards of $550 will be awarded each year to a graduating senior from Rockford Public Schools who had attended Parkside Elementary School. Applicants must have completed at least one academic year at Parkside. The funds from the scholarship will be dispersed according to the established procedure with the scholarship office through Rockford Public Schools’ administrative office. Recipients will receive instruction for disbursement at the RHS honors convocation.

Application criteria included: Demonstration of the Parkside P.R.I.D.E. philosophy utilizing lifeskills, grade-point average, community service, extracurricular involvement, self-help, and personal recommendations. Consideration is given to all applicants regardless of intended post-secondary education. Financial need is not a factor. The selection committee is comprised of the P.R.I.D.E. scholarship committee.

The committee received several outstanding applications from former Parkside students. Bowen was selected because she demonstrated importance of caring, having kindness and taking initiatives in her application. She has served in the local community for God’s Kitchen, Second Harvest Gleaners and North Kent Service Center, to name a few, assisted African refugee families who face monumental barriers in being relocated to another country, started the African Outreach Club at the high school to educate others, and helped others through mission trips to Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, and this summer Africa. The Parkside P.R.I.D.E. Scholarship committee is pleased to have Breanna Bowen as the first recipient of the Parkside P.R.I.D.E. Scholarship.

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