Sycamore Education Foundation


The Sycamore Education Foundation administers a number of scholarships to support Sycamore High School students in their future endeavors. To apply for these scholarships, students can access application information through Naviance.  If you have any questions, please contact your school counselor.

To discuss your charitable interests or to give back to SHS by establishing a scholarship, please contact SEF Executive Director Lauren Holtz at 815.899.8264 or

Marian Elliott Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is offered on behalf of Marian Elliott, a 1936 graduate of Sycamore High School.  Marian went on to become an educator for 41 years with 30 of those years in the field of speech therapy at the elementary and middle school levels.  Marian held Sycamore in high regard, and this scholarship is offered in honor of her and her longstanding commitment to education.  To apply for this scholarship, students must be planning to major in education.

Julie Eggert Haka Memorial Scholarship

A memorial award for Sycamore High School students to honor Julie Eggert Haka, a community steward, established by the Haka family.  This scholarship is based on need, but scholastic achievement is a factor in the final selection. To apply, the student must be a graduating senior, accepted to a university or junior college. The student must have expressed a desire to pursue an education in the field of medicine primarily in nursing.

Rhoda Johnson Memorial Scholarship

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.

Donald D. Kendall Scholarship

An award for Sycamore High School students to memorialize Donald D. & Bernice Kendall who both valued education.  This scholarship is to be given to a senior who has been in the cooperative work program or Kishwaukee Education Consortium vocational program, particularly in the area of business or restaurant management.

Duyck Van Gorder Scholarship

Mr. Duyck Van Gorder is a 1959 graduate of Sycamore High School.  Mr. Van Gorder is the owner and president of Network Technologies International of Scottsdale, AZ.  He is a long-time supporter of the Sycamore School District.  Interested students must be pursuing a career in engineering, with a preference given to those interested in electrical engineering.