You Can Make a Difference
In Bringing Embry-Riddle to Rockford

In partnership with the Rockford Area Economic Development Council, the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is challenging the regional community to build a $1 million endowed scholarship fund to encourage Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to choose Rockford as a site for a residential campus. If Embry-Riddle decides to make Rockford its home, the endowed scholarship fund will be used each year to attract students from the Midwest region to Embry-Riddle's Rockford campus.

The presence of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Rockford means millions of dollars of economic growth to the regional area – more jobs, more money, and more people. Make your pledge now! All pledges are being counted toward the scholarship total with the goal of $1 million. The sooner the goal is reached, the stronger the statement to Embry-Riddle. According to Ken Dufour, Rockford-based owner of Aviation Management and Embry-Riddle Trustee, "this scholarship fund might just be the game-changer."

Update 2014: Success! The ERAU campus in Rockford is going from strength to strength thanks in part to the hard work by the whole team at Rock the Air. Thanks are long overdue to our supporters, including the City of Rockford and commercial backers including The Northwestern Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council, and many others! We could not have achieved our goals without you and so the highest thanks in order! We look forward to seeing many generations of talented aeronautical engineers thriving in the Rockford, IL area. Please note, our petition is now closed. Although the campaign has now concluded we owe our gratitude to each and every signatory who lent their collective weight to our goal of this exciting new campus. There are significantly greater a number of participants in the success of this project than it would be possible for us to credit in this limited homepage space, but thanks in particular go to city representatives, commercial backers, and the wider community, without whom the new campus would not have been possible.

To make a pledge, or to see others who have supported this campaign, go to

By signing our online petition show Embry-Riddle this region wants and supports a campus here.

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Potential Student - Check if you are interested in receiving admission information about Embry-Riddle if it locates in Rockford.

By signing this petition I understand my name will be provided to Embry-Riddle expressing support of their university locating in Rockford.

Download the paper petition here.

Locations Paper Petitions Can Be Found:
  • Chicago Rockford International Airport Administrative Building
  • Chicago Rockford International Airport Passenger Terminal
  • Rockford Area Economic Development Council
  • Kaney Aerospace

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The Rockford region has a golden opportunity to land the world's leading aerospace and aviation university.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is searching for the site of its third residential campus, and a prime spot at Chicago Rockford International Airport is the perfect place. A campus will help our regional aerospace industry soar, and bring more jobs, money and people to this area. To find out more about this effort and background on this initiative, click here.

1. Embry-Riddle is a world leader
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical is a private, coeducational university serving more than 30,000 students at its two residential campuses, more than 170 non-residential centers and online programs. It serves traditional students, working adults and members of the U.S. military around the world. U.S. News & World Report ranks Embry-Riddle's aerospace engineering program No. 1 in the nation among schools without doctoral programs. Embry-Riddle's aerospace engineering program is the largest in the nation. The major airlines hire more alumni from Embry-Riddle than from any other collegiate aviation program.

2. Rockford is a growing aerospace center

Chicago Rockford International Airport is an international-grade airport contributing nearly a billion dollars per year of economic impact to the region. It is the nation's 19th largest cargo airport, a growing passenger airport and a prime location for business, educational and research developments. More than 130 companies in the Rockford region supply products to the global aerospace industry, including Hamilton Sundstrand and Woodward. The aerospace industry is a key growth area for the region's economy, and a source of good-paying jobs.

3. This is an opportunity for the entire Midwest
More than 8.4 million people live within 90 minutes of Chicago Rockford International Airport. More than 13.1 million live within two hours of here. Embry-Riddle will be able to draw from a huge market of talented students looking to enter aerospace and aviation careers. This will benefit not only Rockford, but the Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison areas and beyond.

4. The region is coming together
Already, local, state and federal officials are showing their support for an Embry-Riddle Rockford campus. They're pledging to do whatever they can to bring the school here, promote it and help it grow.

Click here to sign our online petition. Help us Rock The Air.

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