The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is proud to announce that Rockford High School (RHS) senior Ashley Rister was named the recipient of its $1,000 college scholarship.
A panel of 14 board members had the difficult task of poring over submitted applications and whittling down the list to the eventual winner.
The applicants answered the timely question, “With so many polarizing views and opinions in local, national and global conversation, how can business and individuals work to bring a community together?”
Rister impressed the judges with her essay and her involvement in the community to earn the scholarship award. She participates on the high school varsity ski team, is a member of the National Honor Society, is a Special Olympics coach, and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the RHS Youth Initiative.
Rister will be attending the Honor’s College at Grand Valley State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is intending to follow that up with a master’s in occupational therapy.
The scholarship was announced during RCC’s Rockford Community EXPO event on Saturday, March 17. Rister will be honored again at the RHS Honors Convocation Ceremony.