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Scholarship Funds

Scholarship funds support undergraduate and graduate education, professional development and other educational opportunities. Donors may define eligibility criteria, the selection committee, the school, and the field of study.

To date, over 65 scholarship funds have been created through the DeKalb County Community Foundation. The majority of these scholarships funds are administered through local high schools. Please contact a guidance counselor at your local high school for application information.

Scholarship funds administered through the Community Foundation include the CHS Elburn Scholarship, Harold P. Wells Scholarship, Palmer Family Music Education Scholarship, Renaissance Scholarship, and the Spinoso Masters Scholarship. Additional information on these five scholarship funds can be found on the scholarship opportunities page.

To discuss your charitable interests or to give back to the community by establishing a Fund of your own, please contact Executive Director Dan Templin at 815-748-5383 or dan@dekalbccf.org.

Christopher E. Anderson Memorial Scholarship Fund
An award in memory of Christopher Anderson , an ambitious student dedicated to athletics; to support a DeKalb High School student who exhibits the same spirit, teamwork and enthusiasm on the soccer field and in the classroom.
Kevin Ballantine Music Scholarship Fund
An award set up in 2012 by Kevin's family to award a graduating senior at DeKalb High School active in the DeKalb High School music program.
Bobcat Scholarship Fund
An award started by Mr. & Mrs. Alvin & Myrtie Warren to support a Somonauk High School student who is motivated and possesses good citizenship.
Lillian S. Boynton Scholarship
A memorial award for Sycamore High School students to remember Lillian Boynton, a very active and successful businesswoman in the Sycamore community.
Marvin and Gladys Bridger Scholarship Fund
A memorial award for a Genoa-Kingston High School student established by the family of Marvin & Gladys Bridger to support a motivated and hard-working student.
CHS Elburn Scholarship Fund
Created as a lasting memory to the legacy of the Elburn Cooperative and to support the communities that strengthen the cooperative. This fund provides educational support to high school graduates at an accredited college or university. Applicants must be a family member of an eligible CHS Elburn customer, or a family member of a CHS Elburn employee. Learn more.
Barbara Cummings Memorial Scholarship Fund
An award for a DeKalb High School student established by Mrs. Cumming's family, a teacher who passed away in 2002.
Cal Doty Memorial Scholarship Fund
An award to memorialize Cal Doty, co-founder of Doty & Son Concrete products, available to a Sycamore High School graduating student who plans to pursue a certificate or degree in the trades. Learn more.
DeKalb County 4-H Scholarship Fund
An award for a student who has been a 4-H member in DeKalb County.
DeKalb County Dental Society Scholarship
An award for seniors at Sycamore High School that have proven themselves to be willing to serve the needs of others while maintaining a commitment to education.
DeKalb High School Class of '63 Scholarship Fund
An award for a DeKalb High School student to commemorate the DeKalb High School Class of 1963.
Fizz Ehrler Automotive Technology Scholarship Fund
A memorial award for a Sycamore High School student to honor longtime Sycamore businessman and car buff, Fizz Ehrler.
Marian Elliott Scholarship Fund
To contribute to the educational expenses of a graduating senior from Sycamore High School and may also include previous Marian Elliott Scholarship award recipients who are eligible to re-apply for a renewal scholarship.
Keith and Viella Glidden Scholarship Fund
An award to a DeKalb High School student demonstrating need, ability and desire.
Julie Eggert Haka Memorial Scholarship Fund
A memorial award for Sycamore High School students to honor Julie Eggert Haka, a community steward, established by the Haka family.
Michael Heimerdinger Scholarship Fund
An award to a DeKalb High School student athlete based upon the characteristics personified by Michael Heimerdinger, former NFL coach and student athlete who graduated in 1970.
Barbara Swisher Holland (’55) & Richard C. Holland Fund
An award for a Millikin University student pursuing a career in healthcare.
Ibarra Family Scholarship Fund
Created to provide an annual award to a Sycamore High School graduate of Mexican ethnic origin. This award honors Maria De Jesus Ibarra, who worked tirelessly to support her family and encourage ongoing education for her children.
Annette & Jerry Johns Future Teacher Endowed Scholarship Fund
An award for Sycamore High School students established by Sycamore residents Jerry & Annette Johns who value education and their community.
Peter L. Johnson Scholarship Fund
An award for a Sycamore High School student to honor Pete Johnson's hard work and dedication to Sycamore High School.
Randy Johnson Scholarship Fund
Provides scholarship support for a DeKalb High School graduating senior pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Learn more.
Rhoda Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund
An award to memorialize Rhoda Johnson, a graduate of Sycamore High School & Northern Illinois University who taught DeKalb County youth for over 10 years. This award is intended for a Sycamore High School student intending to pursue a career in education.
Michelle Jouris Memorial Scholarship Fund
An award for a DeKalb High School student to memorialize Michelle Jouris, a 1982 graduate of DeKalb High School, who died much too young.
Donald D. Kendall Fund
An award for Sycamore High School students to memorialize Donald D. & Bernice Kendall who both valued education.
Kiwanis Club of DeKalb Scholarship Fund
An award in memory of Barry Haber, former DeKalb High School teacher, to benefit a DeKalb High School student attending Kishwaukee College.
Brett and Thomas Kubasiak Scholarship Fund
Established in memory of Brett and Thomas Kubasiak. This fund will provide scholarships for graduating seniors at Genoa Kingston High School. Learn more.
Emmette and Kathleen Land Memorial Scholarship Fund
An award for DeKalb High School students to memorialize Emmette Land, an avid sports fan, and Kathleen Land, a talented musician who valued community, honesty and integrity.
James & Marjorie Lehan Family Scholarship Fund
An annual scholarship award to graduates at both DeKalb and Sycamore High Schools. Learn more.
A. Raymond & Lois H. (Sohne) Linden Scholarship Fud
A memorial award for Sycamore High School students to honor Ray Linden and his wife.
Joseph & Elegie LoCascio Scholarship Fund
An award to contribute to the educational expenses of a graduating senior from DeKalb High School who has shown outstanding dedication to the art of creative writing.
Donald C. Mack Scholarship Fund
An award to a student attending Kishwaukee College who intends to pursue ornamental horticulture studies.
Martenson Family Scholarship Fund
To contribute to the educational expenses of a graduating senior from Indian Creek High School.
Terry & Sherrie Martin Scholarship Fund
An award to a student from Indian Creek High School pursuing a degree in agriculture, environmental science, music, art, elementary education and allied health professions, with preference given to students attending NIU or Kishwaukee College.
Malta Lions Club Scholarship Fund
An award to a DeKalb High School student who resides in Malta who demonstrates strong academics, community service and involvement.
Rowland & Lucile Matteson High School Scholarship Fund
An award for DeKalb High School students from the estate of this couple. Rowland and Lucille were strong supporters of education during their life together in DeKalb County.
Wayne McIlrath Family Scholarship Fund
A memorial fund honoring Wayne McIlrath, for a returning or continuing student pursuing education at Kishwaukee College to improve quality of life.
John D. Meier Memorial Scholarship Fund
A memorial award honoring John Meier, a graduate of Sycamore High School with many interests including gardening, landscape, wildlife management, and forestry. John was a carpenter who passed away in 2006 from anaphylactic shock as a result of a bee sting. He was the first full organ donor at Kishwaukee Hospital. He would be proud to help students further their education.
Madeline Middleton Memorial Scholarship
A memorial award for Sycamore High School students established by Sycamore resident Madeline Middleton in her estate.
Evelyn S. Nelson Fund
A memorial scholarship awarded to deserving students at DeKalb High School.
Marybeth O'Brien McGill Scholarship Fund
An award to honor former DeKalb High School swim coach, Marybeth O'Brien-McGill. Each year the McGill Scholarship is awarded to a member of the DeKalb High School Girls Swim Team who demonstrated excellent academic performance.
Harland L. and Mable Orr Memorial Scholarship Fund
An award established in 2007 for a DeKalb High School student by the family to honor Charles H. & Carol A. Orr.
Palmer Family Music Education Scholarship Fund
An award honoring the Palmer Family for a high school senior who resides DeKalb County and is pursuing a career in music. Applications are due April 1 each year. Past scholarship recipients.
Rebecca (Becky) Parker Scholarship Fund
A memorial award for DeKalb High School students established by friends to honor a courageous young girl who attended Malta schools, who passed away at age of 16.
Eleanor Anglin Price Scholarship Fund
An award to honor Eleanor Anglin Price, a professor at NIU for over two decades dedicated to community service in DeKalb County. Ms. Price's desire was to give students the same opportunity she experienced having received a scholarship herself when she went to school.
Thomas R. Rauman Memorial Scholarship Fund
An award for DeKalb High School students to honor Thomas R. Rauman who was respected for his integrity and served the DeKalb County community through the YMCA and the Kishwaukee Kiwanis.
Donald & Rosemary Redmond Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is given to a Sycamore High School graduate in honor of Mr. & Mrs. Redmond who were Sycamore residents and involved with the community. The award was originally established in 1981 in memory of Rosemary’s ten dedicated years of service as treasurer of Sycamore High School.
Renaissance Education Scholarship Fund
An award to provide scholarship support to an individual who has been in the work force and desires to return to the academic world in pursuit of a college degree.
Edwin Skinny Riippi Memorial Scholarship Fund
An award for a DeKalb High School student started by Doris Riippi in memory of her husband, Edwin "Skinny" Riippi, a standout football player at DeKalb High School. Scholarship for a student who played football and intends to pursue a degree in physical education or a related field.
Jolynn Wisted Rogers Memorial Scholarship Fund
An award for a DeKalb High School student established in memory of Jolynn Wisted Rogers, a DeKalb woman who passed away of cancer in 2005.
Sharon L. Rosenow Memorial Scholarship Fund
An award for DeKalb High School students who plan to study Elementary Education.
Christopher David Sanderson Memorial Scholarship Fund
A memorial award for a Sycamore High School graduate to honor Christopher David Sanderson, a young man who had a love of theatre arts.
William G. Schinske Memorial Scholarship Fund
Awarded to a student graduating from Sycamore High School and entering the engineering field.
Gilbert Gib Seegers Science Scholarship Fund
An award for a Sycamore High School student that intends to pursue studies in the scientific field and exemplifies the qualities most remembered by Gib's students, the SHS faculty and the community. The scholarship was established as a memorial by the family of Gilbert Seegers, an SHS science teacher.
Richard & Cecilia Seip Scholarship Fund
To provide annual scholarship to a student at the University of Chicago School of Law.
Martha W. Shur Scholarship Fund
An award for a young woman athlete at DeKalb High School, established in memory of Martha W. Shur by her children. Learn more.
Roy W. “Smitty” and Cora E. “Cody” Smith Football Scholarship Fund
A memorial award for a Sycamore High School football player to honor a family synonymous with Spartan athletics.
Kathleen and Kenneth Spears Scholarship Fund
An award for a student at Indian Creek High School.
Beatrice M. Stankus Memorial Scholarship Fund
A memorial to Beatrice Stankus for DeKalb High School students. Beatrice placed much value on education with her motto of "education is a life long process”.
Dave Stoddard Memorial Scholarship Fund
An award benefiting DeKalb High School graduates living in the old Malta School District boundaries.
Lucille and Darryl Strack Scholarship Fund
This award contributes to the educational expenses of a graduating senior from Sycamore High School who will pursue a degree in Education. This scholarship is renewable for one year as well.
Stephen Streb Memorial Scholarship Fund
An award to a DeKalb High School student who has benefitted from special education with goals to continue his or her education.
Charlotte Sundly Memorial Fund
An award for Sycamore High School students to memorialize Charlotte Sundly, who was born and raised in Sycamore and held a great affection for the community and stewardship.
Suter Family Scholarship Fund
Provides an annual award to graduates at both DeKalb and Sycamore high schools. The Charles & Helen Suter Memorial Scholarship award will honor the late Charles and Helen Suter, their love for education and learning, and the family’s ongoing service to the community. Learn more.
Sycamore Masonic Lodge Scholarship Fund
An award to support a Sycamore High School graduate who intends to pursue a career in health care.
Wally “Mr. Pumpkin” Thurow Scholarship Fund
For a Sycamore High School graduate with financial need who has displayed artistic creativity and community involvement.
Barry Robert Totty Memorial Scholarship
An award for a Sycamore High School student to memorialize Barry Totty, a 1987 graduate of Sycamore High School.
James Jimmy Vaughn Scholarship Fund
An award for a student at DeKalb High School who participated in sports and demonstrated a value system consistent with Jimmy Vaugn's life of "putting others above self”.
Harold P. Wells Memorial Scholarship Fund
A scholarship award for employees of the DeKalb Fire Department and their families and students in the Fire Science Program at the Kishwaukee Education Consortium. Learn more.
Patricia Woodstrup Memorial Scholarship Fund
To support educational expenses of a Sycamore High School graduate studying Education.

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