SYCAMORE – Shannon Alamia is the recipient of the 2019 Renaissance Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship award will assist Alamia 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,” Alamia said in a news release. “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,” she said in the release. “Plus, it’s amazing to think that my fifth-grade elementary teacher would one day set up a fund in the name of education that I would benefit from years later.”
Alamia 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. Local philanthropist and longtime educator Yvonne Johnson made this scholarship award possible.
Learn more about scholarship funds by visiting dekalbccf.org/scholarships.