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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...

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2014 Award Recipients

Bridget Barry

Bridget Barry
2014 David & Diane Graf Rockford Endowed Scholarship Recipient

Bridget Barry was selected as a 2014 David & Diane Graf Rockford Endowed Scholarship recipient based on her strong extra-curricular involvement, academic achievement, and drive towards career success. Bridget is a 2014 graduate from Forrestville Valley High School where she was a four year, 3 sport athlete, a member of the band for four years, and on the A and B honor roll every year. Bridget also served as treasurer of Future Farmers of America (FFA).

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.

Grace Krienke

Grace Krienke
2014 David & Diane Graf Rockford Endowed Scholarship Recipient

Grace Krienke was selected as a 2014 David & Diane Graf Rockford Endowed Scholarship recipient based on her academic achievement, exceptional leadership experience, and the numerous awards and nominations she received. Grace is a 2014 graduate from Hononegah High School where she participated in a variety of extra-curricular activities, including, math club, a mentor program, student council, and tennis. Grace was a member of the National Honor Society (NHS) and was notably nominated for a multitude of teacher-nominated awards. Her achievements set her apart as a leader among her peers.

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.