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Congratulations to Shannon Alamia, recipient of the 2019 Renaissance Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship award will assist Shannon as she begins online courses through National Louis University, concentrating on Early Childhood Practice.

“The decision to go back to school after being a part of the workforce for many years was a big decision,” said Shannon. “My husband and I sat down with our children and talked this through. Beyond the financial consideration, it’s also a large time commitment. We are so grateful to donor Yvonne Johnson and the Community Foundation for this opportunity. Scholarships like this are tough to come by as an adult returning to school. Plus, it’s amazing to think that my 5th grade elementary teacher would one day set up a fund in the name of education that I would benefit from years later. This award makes it possible for me to pay for part of my expenses and reduce the amount of student loans.”

Shannon graduated from DeKalb High School in 1995 and began attending Kishwaukee College. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2012 with a degree in education. She currently works as the Associate Director for Children’s Learning Center in DeKalb and plans to continue working full time while taking online classes.

Created in 2007 at the DeKalb County Community Foundation, the Renaissance Scholarship Fund provides educational support to those who are currently part of the work force and wish to pursue their dreams of continuing education. Thank you to local philanthropist and long-time educator Yvonne Johnson for making this scholarship award possible.

Learn more about scholarship funds by visiting dekalbccf.org/scholarships. Contribute to any fund at the Community Foundation including the Renaissance Scholarship Fund at dekalbccf.org/donate or by mail to the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, IL 60178.

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