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Aurora East Educational Foundation Education Scholarship Endowment Fund

Established 2015

The Aurora East Educational Foundation Education Scholarship Endowment Fund was created by the Aurora East Educational Foundation.

These awards are available to students graduating from or who have graduated from East Aurora High School.

Eligibility is limited to students who are pursuing undergraduate studies within the field of education at an accredited institution of higher learning on a full-time basis.

The Aurora East Educational Foundation was founded in 1993 to fund educational programs in East Aurora School District 131.

During its history, the foundation has funded scores of programs that have touched the lives of thousands of students throughout the East Aurora School District.


The AEEF would like to recognize and thank the following benefactors whose generosity makes these scholarships possible.  


Note: The following scholarships are housed within the Aurora East Educational Foundation and are not individual funds within the CFFRV Scholarship Program. 


Cruz Family Aurora East Educational Foundation Education Scholarship 

The Cruz Family moved to the East Side of Aurora in the 1950’s.  They left their home in Puerto Rico and moved to the mainland United States in the hope of a brighter future for their five children. 

The Cruz Family Education Scholarship has been established to honor the memory of Ms. Efigenia Cruz and her daughter Ms. Eva Cruz, who were both strong advocates of all Latinos in the Aurora area.  Both women volunteered countless hours in their Church and neighborhood communities as they helped immigrant families adjust to and thrive in their new lives. 

The Cruz Family wishes this scholarship to honor all immigrant families who sacrifice to secure a better future for their children. 


Frances and Thomas Strong Aurora East Educational Foundation Education Scholarship 

The Frances and Thomas Strong Education Scholarship has been established to honor a couple who were lifetime East Side residents and community servants. 

Frances Heimsath Strong was a career educator who was born and raised on the East Side of Aurora.  She was a math teacher at Mooseheart before and during World War II, and married her husband as he returned from the service in 1945.  Mrs. Strong raised her family, was very active in her church and its choir and other organizations, and substituted for many years in all of the Dist. 131 schools, much of the time at Simmons Middle School. 

Thomas G. Strong was also born and raised on the East Side, and graduated from East High School in 1932.  He excelled in music in school, playing several brass instruments, and also played viola in string quartets in the area.  He served in World War II from 1941-45, seeing action in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany.  He landed at Normandy beach six days after D-Day, and rose to the rank of Captain in the US Army.  Mr. Strong returned to Aurora, finished college, and came back to East High School to teach print shop for several years.  He finished his career as a journeyman printer, and passed away in 1972.   

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