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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Joel Strack Memorial Scholarship – Leadership
This scholarship is open to a Sycamore High School senior who demonstrates leadership in the community with a passion for inspiring positive change that affects others ability to achieve their goals and dreams. Candidates for this scholarship have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and have plans to enroll in an accredited U.S. college or university as an undergraduate for the first time in the fall term following high school graduation. Students are selected based on the following criteria: academic excellence; keen interest in leadership development, and an appreciation for the values exemplified by Joel’s life.
Joel Strack Memorial Scholarship – Performing Arts
This scholarship is open to a Sycamore High School senior who demonstrates exceptional ability and passion for the performing arts, including vocal music and theater. Candidates for this scholarship have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and have plans to enroll in an accredited U.S. college or university as an undergraduate for the first time in the fall term following high school graduation. Students are selected based on the following criteria: academic excellence; excellence in the performing arts, and desire a professional career in music and/or theater.
Donna J. Bukowski Memorial Scholarship – Business
This scholarship is open to a Sycamore High School senior who aspires to enter the business field and demonstrate the spirit of entrepreneurship by inspiring others to start a business or by starting their own. Candidates for this scholarship should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have plans to enter an accredited U.S. College or university or certified trade program following high school graduation. Students are selected based on academic excellence, participation in school clubs or organizations that promote responsible citizenship, and appreciation for the field of business.
Liam P. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship