DeKalb County Community Foundation has a new announcement for the students of Indian Creek High School. Any graduating high school senior with financial needs who wishes to pursue a degree in education can now apply for the newly announced Hicks Family Scholarship Fund.
The Fund was created to honor the late James Hicks. Born in Hillboro, Il in 1937, he come to NIU to purse a master’s degree in school administration and school superintendent administration. He began his education career as a teacher and principal in Fillmore, IL. Later, he moved to Shabbona where he was a teacher, junior high basketball coach, high school track coach, principal, and superintendent in the Shabbona, Lee, and Rollo school system. He eventually became superintendent for the district and became a board member after retirement. He also served as an administrator for DeKalb and Sandwich School Districts.
“My father spent over 50 years in education there, and he played a major part in shaping the school district into what it is today,” said his son, Egan Hicks. “The scholarship honors his legacy and gives hope to those pursuing a degree in education. We know he would be pleased with the partnership we formed with the Community Foundation for the Fund. The Foundation has a great reputation in the community. We have similar values and focus.”
High school students interested in applying for the Hicks Family Scholarship are encouraged to use the Community Foundation’s Universal Scholarship Application process. Visit dekalbccf.org/scholarships for more information or to apply.
Written by Claudia Piwowarczyk
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