Campus Notebook

Scholarship for non-traditional students

The Renaissance Scholarship through the DeKalb County Community Foundation will award an initial $1,000 scholarship to a student transitioning to college from the work force. The scholarship is renewable for three succeeding years. Applicants must be residents of DeKalb County. The scholarship will support an individual who has been in the work force and desires to return to the academic world in pursuit of an undergraduate degree in any field of study.

The endowment was started several years ago by Yvonne Johnson, a retired school teacher of Sycamore.

“There is scholarship assistance for high school students, but for individuals who have opted to go to work and then decide to go back to college, there seems to be a lack of scholarships funds available," said Becky Zantout, grants and community initiatives manager at the community foundation. "Our donor has been in the education profession, and knows how hard it’s been for non-traditional students to get financial assistance.”        

The Renaissance Scholarship guidelines and application are available on the community foundation’s website, Application deadline is July 1. For more information contact Zantout at 815-748-5383 or

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