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More than $162K awarded in education scholarships across DeKalb County in 2021

SYCAMORE – More than $162,000 in scholarship funds has been awarded to DeKalb County high school graduates this year, according to the DeKalb County Community Foundation.

Each year, charitable funds at the DeKalb County Community Foundation generate scholarship awards ranging from $250 to $10,000 for DeKalb County high school graduates.

In 2021, scholarship awards combined with renewals totaled $162,185 in distributions. These awards come from a variety of Funds at the foundation, each with its own eligibility criteria and a story of creation.

“Coming out of such an unprecedented year, it is rewarding to know that these scholarships will provide an educational opportunity for more than 100 students across DeKalb County,” Tiffany McQueen Lewis, grants director, said in a news release. “We hope the scholarship awards produce confidence in these students, knowing that their community is behind them and supports their educational and career goals.”

2021 scholarship awards from Community Foundation funds:

• Sycamore High School - 37 scholarships from 30 funds totaling $51,690 awarded

• DeKalb High School - 51 scholarships from 32 different funds totaling $48,270 awarded

• Indian Creek High School - four scholarships from four funds totaling $3,650 awarded

• Somonauk High School- one scholarship from one fund totaling $500 awarded

• Genoa-Kingston High School- three scholarships from two funds totaling $1,350 awarded

• Sandwich High School- two scholarships from one fund totaling $3,000 awarded

• Renewals and other scholarships - from a variety of funds totaling $53,725 awarded

The administration for the majority of these scholarship awards takes place within local high schools. Students are encouraged to contact their high school counseling department with questions or for application information. Learn more about scholarship funds at the Community Foundation by visiting dekalbccf.org/scholarships.

If giving the gift of education is of interest to you, consider donating to an existing scholarship fund at dekalbccf.org/donate or by mail to the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178. For questions or more information on scholarships, contact the foundation at 815-748-5383 or grants@dekalbccf.org.