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The Educational Foundation of Seneca High School


The Educational Foundation of Seneca High School was established to receive, secure and channel private funds to support educational facilities, programs and activities which will lead to the overall improvement of the quality education of students served by Seneca Township High School District 160, LaSalle and Grundy Counties, Illinois, including facilities, programs and activities which benefit both enrolled students and future students, alumni, and the community as a whole.

The Foundation may hold, manage, invest and expend endowment funds and other gifts, grants and bequests, whether consisting of real or personal property, and whether subject to directions or conditions imposed by the donors, for the benefit of students, past, present or future served by Seneca High School and such programs or activities as the Board of Directors of this Foundation from time to time deem to be suitable and appropriate to further the objectives of this Foundation.

The Educational Foundation of Seneca High School was created in part to foster partnerships between business, government and civic organizations which will enhance and support the education of our students.

Board of Directors:         

The foundation was established by the Seneca High School Board of Education; however, it is separate and distinct from the school board and is governed by a Board of Directors who serve limited terms of office.  The superintendent sits as a non-voting liaison to the foundation.  The current Board of Directors is composed of the following individuals.

President - Rich Applebee
Vice-President - Ken Sangston
Secretary – Joan Claggett
Treasurer – Cathy Bergstrom
Director – Kirk Houchin
Director – Tony Quigley
Director – Nick Schaefer


Presently, The Educational Foundation of Seneca High School manages eight scholarships for eligible Seneca High School seniors.  These include: The Seneca High School Educational Foundation Future Teacher Scholarship; The Larry Novotney Memorial Scholarship; Career Technology Education Scholarship; William and Lois Steep Faithful-Community-Service Scholarship; Staff Scholarships; Jenan Jobst Memorial Scholarship; Wayne Schmanske Scholarship; Trevor Till Memorial Scholarship.


Any questions regarding foundation business or contributing to the foundation can be made to any director or to Superintendent Dan Stecken.


Donor Wall - New Gymnasium Addition:

SHS Donor Wall

Pay tribute to a loved one or show your family’s Irish pride by memorializing one of the “donor bricks” in the new gymnasium addition donor wall.  This donor wall will be located inside the current atrium and eventual entrance to the new gymnasium.  Construction will begin in the FY 22-23 school year, continue in the FY 23-24 school year, with occupancy in the summer of 2024.  The wall will be “unveiled” in a ceremony during the fall of 2024.  All monies raised will go towards Seneca High School graduates’ scholarships for college or trade costs. 

There is a link in the newsletter article that will take you directly to the Order Form, or feel free to click the Order Form Link Below.  

Educational Foundation Brick Donation Order Form


By clicking the link below you will go directly to our Revtrak payment screen.  If you are new to Revtrak you will need to create an account prior to purchasing a brick.  We thank you for your support!

Clicking here will take you directly to our Revtrak Donor Wall Brick Payment

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Calendar Week of July 21 - July 27, 2024