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Sycamore Education Foundation establishes Strack scholarships

SYCAMORE – Sycamore High School’s Class of 1978 has established two scholarships for the school’s 2020 graduates to honor one of their own, the late Joel Strack.

Dawn Lyons-Dean, executive director of the Joel Strack Memorial Scholarship, said the class wanted to celebrate Strack’s life and his achievements by helping future leaders and students who are gifted in music and theater achieve their dreams.

The Sycamore Education Foundation will grant two $250 scholarships during the 2019-20 school year, according to a news release. One will go to a student who shows a high level of leadership in the community. The other scholarship will go to a student who is passionate about the performing arts.

Students can apply for the scholarships by accessing the application through the Naviance system – a college readiness software provider. Those interested in contributing to the foundation can send a check to: Sycamore Education Foundation, 245 W. Exchange St., Sycamore, or visit www.sycamoreSEF.org.

Lauren Holtz, executive director for the foundation, said she and the foundation’s members are grateful for the generosity of the class of 1978.

“It is so touching to see that Joel’s life and legacy will live on through the Sycamore students that will be positively impacted by these scholarships,” she said in the release.

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