Campus Notebook

Scholarship for students pursuing advanced degrees

The DeKalb County Community Foundation is taking applications for a scholarship that focuses on education beyond an undergraduate degree. The Spinoso Masters Scholarship, worth up to $10,000, is available to graduates of DeKalb County high schools who are working on furthering their formal education.  


The scholarship was developed by the Spinoso family of Sycamore when they discovered a lack of scholarship assistance for those beyond the undergraduate years. The family, which has lived in Sycamore for more than 30 years, believes continued education provides a strong foundation for future leaders.

“We believe the leaders of tomorrow should be well educated as well as good citizens. DeKalb County, Illinois has been an excellent place to raise our family and want to give back to our community,” Vivian and John Spinoso said.

Last year’s Spinoso Masters Scholarship recipients were Wayne Duerkes, from Somonauk, Katelyn Herrmann and Quinn Bolander from Sycamore, Caleb Duvick from Sandwich, and Rachel Lux from DeKalb.


Although eligible applicants must have graduated from a DeKalb County high school, they do not currently need to live in DeKalb County. Interested candidates are encouraged to access the Spinoso Scholarship guidelines, criteria and application at Applications are due Friday, June 20.

For more information, contact Becky Zantout at 815-748-5383 or

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