We are excited to announce Pullman Scholar Alumna Pamela Bloomquist, Rockford College, 1974, as our Fourth Annual Pullman Scholar Symposium keynote speaker!

Pamela is the Assistant Dean, Admissions and Financial Aid at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and a very active volunteer with the Foundation. When the Foundation began planning the first Annual Pullman Scholar Symposium in 2014, she joined the planning committee and volunteered to be presenter for the financial literacy session for the incoming Pullman Scholars.

To many, she is one of the first Pullman Scholar Alumni they meet. Whether it be at their first Pullman Scholar Symposium or being interviewed to be a scholar during the application process, Pamela’s warm personality, knowledge, and passion for our mission show what it is like to be in the Pullman Scholar Community.

Join us at the Fourth Annual Pullman Scholar Symposium to hear Pamela’s take on our theme: Live Your Best Life.  It’s sure to be a great speech! Learn more about the symposium here.


We were honored to have Valarie King-Bailey, Pullman Scholar Alumna, ’82, and CEO of OnShore Technology Group, as our keynote speaker for the 2nd Annual Pullman Scholar Symposium.

Not only was King-Bailey relatable, but she was inspirational. She shared her journey as a young Pullman Scholar from the Stateway Garden Projects to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to successful CEO of her own technology company.

Watch the video below to hear messages like Dare to be different, Do something you love, Compete with yourself, and more.