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A+ Foundation for West Aurora Schools High School Science Fund

Established 2016

new_equipmentThe A+ Foundation for West Aurora Schools High School Science Fund was created to honor Richard “Dick” Ebeling, a science educator who retired in 1999 but continued working in his field at Argonne National Library. While at West Aurora High School, he was instrumental in designing alternative methods of teaching the physical sciences through such courses as Phys-Ma-Tec (a combination of physics, mathematics and technology courses), Chem Comm (chemistry for the community), biotechnology, Sci-Ma-Tech, Food Sciences, and Fast I and II for middle school students. Dick worked on the adoption of a new, K-6 science education program, implementing foundations for science in those grades that fostered understanding and mastery of the sciences in the high school.

Mr. Ebeling has been the teacher most often mentioned by past Hall of Honor recipients. They have remembered his excellence in the classroom which extended to his excellence as a mentor for many of them. Mr. Ebeling’s impact was one that followed these students throughout their careers.

The West Aurora science enhancement project includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • Purchasing of Chromebooks for student use
  • Purchasing of science equipment like Wi-Fi cameras for microscopes, analytical balances, and dynamics systems to name a few
  • Funding of classroom structural changes to accommodate collaborative furniture
  • Funding of both chemistry room and fume hood ventilation


A History of West Aurora School District 129

In 2016, the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley partnered with the A+ Foundation for West Aurora Schools in preserving the history of West Aurora School District 129. Together they produced a collection of photographs, biographies, a video and more highlighting the impressive history of the West Aurora Schools.

Explore the History of West Aurora School District 129


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

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

…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

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

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

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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

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