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Daryl Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established 2012

Daryl L. Thompson
Daryl L. Thompson

The Daryl Thompson Memorial Scholarship was created through “The Friends of DT Golf Outing and Gathering” over a ten-year period following his passing in 2003.

Daryl Thompson (1938-2003) dedicated his entire career to the Oswego Community as a teacher and administrator for thirty-seven years.

As the principal of Oswego High School for twenty-four years, his personal mission was to ensure that every student who passed through the doors of OHS had a successful high school experience.

This scholarship is awarded to Oswego High School students who also want to make a difference in the lives of others by becoming a teacher.

During his tenure at the high school, Mr. Thompson was honored with the prestigious Illinois State Board of Education “Those Who Excel” award in the area of administration.

He also was a long-time leader in the Illinois Principal’s Association, the Illinois High School Association and the Oswego Foundation for Educational Excellence.

He served on countless committees and spear-headed numerous educational initiatives for Oswego High School and District 308.

Daryl Thompson was Oswego High School’s biggest fan.  For thirty-seven years he could be found at his post under the hoops or on the field cheering on his “kids.”

He set a positive example for decades of students, colleagues and community members alike.

He epitomized the servant leader model as he motivated both students and staff members to not only love learning, but to also love life.

“Panther Pride” was his way of life.  Daryl Thompson was a beloved teacher and administrator whose legacy will continue through the annual awarding of scholarships in his name.

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

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