David & Diane Graf Rockford Endowed Scholarship
Through the generosity of the alumni of the College of Business and David & Diane Graf, the business leaders of tomorrow are getting a financial boost to assure their educational success.
Under the NIU Rockford Club's direction, scholarships have been awarded since 2005 to both incoming freshman and transfer students who are residents of the greater Rockford area (Boone, Winnebago, Ogle, and Stephenson counties). view all recipients...
2014 Award Recipients
Bridget excels professionally as a cashier and waitress, in addition to a care giver for children. She believes holding a job helps to learn responsibility and dedication.
While attending NIU, Bridget plans to major in accounting – a subject she finds enjoyable with her strong interest and skillset in mathematics. She would like to one day own her own private practice. Bridget is energized to take what she learns at NIU and use it to make an impact and improvement in the professional world.
Outside of school, Grace was employed at First National Bank & Trust Company.
Grace describes herself as “a leader with the responsibility to do what is right, even when it is not the ‘cool’ thing to do.” She believes leadership is an act of character in which we are brought up with, and she tries to display leadership qualities in everything she does. While attending NIU, Grace plans to study accounting and work hard – striving to make changes in the world around her along with reaching her full potential.
Lips attained many volunteer experiences, including Terminal Assistant at the Chicago Rockford International Airport, Habitat for Humanity, Technical Team Member at Harvest Bible Chapel of Rockford, and First Love Kenya, a charity organization that reaches out to orphans and widows in one of the biggest slums in Africa.
Lips had experience building an orphanage in Kenya, but had no qualifications to get a job when he came to America. A self-described “quick learner,” Lips learned carpentry skills and gained employment at Rockford Contractors and Don Dellamater Remodeling.
Growing up in the poorest part of Nairobi, Lips struggled with watching his peers become robbers and drug addicts. With hard work and determination, he made it through high school and was the only one in his family to do so. After graduating from high school, he moved out of the city and went to live in the country with his grandmother because he could not afford to go to college. He learned patience, persistence, determination, and hope. Lips had determined to go back to school, no matter how long it took. 15 years later and after relocating to America, he realized his dream.
Lips plans to pursue a degree in finance from NIU and become a Financial Analyst. He also plans to reach out to students from poor communities around the world and be an inspiration to them.