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Regina Potts Memorial Scholarship

Supporting Rockford East High School students who plan to become educators.

Winter Scholarship - Closed Closed This scholarship is part of the Winter application cycle. The application is open December 1st to February 1st every year. How to Apply

Eligibility Criteria

Applicant must:

- Be a graduate of or current senior at Rockford East High School.
- Intend to pursue a career in teaching.

Written Prompt

Each CFNIL scholarship is created with a specific purpose in mind. As you complete the application, the system automatically matches you with every scholarship for which you are eligible and will present you with a specific written prompt for each. You're encouraged to craft a unique response to each prompt to show the reviewers why you're the best candidate for that scholarship.

Scholarship Background and Intent

Regina was a life-long Rockford resident and vibrant contributor to the local community. She was a proud Class of 1965 E-RAB, where she was on the student council and a cheerleader. After graduating from East High School, she attended Illinois State University to become an elementary school teacher. In 1965, it was still possible to work enough to pay for college as she went, until she reached her student teaching. Luckily, her parents were able to help her in the last semester of college, so she could complete her student teaching and finish her degree. Her first and only teaching position was at A.C. Thompson Elementary school, where she taught for 33 years. She was a dedicated teacher, loved by students, parents and her fellow teachers. Her hands-on approach and caring nature was a hallmark of her career – as was her love of chocolate!

After a few years of teaching, Regina went back to school to get her Master’s Degree from Northern Illinois University. While she excelled as a teacher, she wasn’t always the strongest student herself. Many times, grades don’t indicate your success in life or career. Regina was very involved in Delta Kappa Gamma - an international society of key women educators. Regina most recently served as Vice President - Program Chair of Zeta Chapter. She enjoyed supporting new teachers and creating a community of collaboration. In her later years, she found a passion for social causes, joining AAUW – the American Association of University Women. AAUW works to further equality and address basic human rights. She was a proud mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. Regina was a beloved member of the community and her family, as someone who brought people together and always, always had a smile on her face.

Photo of Regina Potts and a little boy