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Stephen J. & Betty I. Andras Endowment Fund for the Visually Impaired

Established 2009

Stephen J. Andras
Stephen J. Andras
Betty I. Andras
Betty I. Andras

This fund was created upon receipt of a bequest from the estate of Stephen J. Andras.

Distributions from the fund are made to organizations dedicated to providing job training and/or placement for the visually impaired.

Stephen Andras (1923-2009) was born in Temple, Pennsylvania. He served in the first division of the United States Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific Islands. After being wounded in the line of duty, he was awarded the Purple Heart.

Mr. Andras retired as president of Strathmore Printing Company in 1985 after thirty-five years of service. He then owned and operated Cogan Productions, a supplier of Catholic catechisms to ministries worldwide until his death.

As a civic leader, Mr. Andras was a member of the Aurora Kiwanis Club, Rush-Copley Hospital, Serra Club, Toastmasters and Holy Angels Church.

He served as a board member of the Community Foundation from 1976 to 1988.

Betty Andras (1924-1999) was born in Reading, Pennsylvania. She was united in marriage to Stephen Andras in 1948 and was an active member of Advent Christian Church.

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

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

…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

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

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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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