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Dr. Bernard Cigrand: Father of Flag Day

Dr. Bernard Cigrand (1866-1932) is known as the “Father of Flag Day” and was also a well-known local dentist who lived and practiced his profession in Chicago, Batavia, and Aurora. Throughout his dental career, he campaigned tirelessly to have June 14 declared as a special day of observance to honor the United States flag. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that June 14 would become a national day to celebrate the birth of our flag.

We are proud to administer the Dr. Bernard J. Cigrand Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund that awards scholarships in his name.

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley produced the following video on the life of Dr. Cigrand with research assistance provided by John Jaros, Executive Director of the Aurora Historical Society.

Being a part of the Community Foundation scholarship committee is the highlight of my year. For many, a scholarship from the Community Foundation is the reason they are able to continue reaching for their dreams and changing the future of our world. I hope each recipient knows just how inspirational they are to those of us who are lucky enough to read their stories.

Jessica Breugelmans

Board Member & Scholarship Committee Member

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

…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

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

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

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