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Claude L. & Alice E. Allen Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund

Established 1998

Claude & Alice Allen in their grocery store (February 1942)
Claude & Alice Allen in their grocery store (February 1942)
Claude Allen standing by his delivery truck
Claude Allen standing by his delivery truck

This fund, which provides scholarships to graduates of East Aurora High School, was established in 1998 by Alice Allen as a memorial to her husband.

Claude Allen (1916-1997) was in the retail grocery store business for over fifty years.

After graduating from North Central College in 1939 with a degree in business administration, Mr. Allen opened his first grocery store on Marion Avenue in Aurora.

In 1957, he moved to a larger location on Hinman and Fifth Avenue.

Mr. Allen was the quintessential friendly, local grocer. He was a confidant, mentor and banker to the neighborhood families he served.

Alice Allen (1918-2012) was born in Aurora, Illinois and lived in the city for eighty years.

She attended North Central College. In 1940, she married Claude Allen.

After raising their three sons, Mrs. Allen joined her husband at Allen’s Food Market.

Her interests included attending the opera, refinishing furniture and writing beautiful handwritten letters.

Like her husband, Alice Allen touched the lives of others in a meaningful and lasting way.

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

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

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