Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley
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Aurora East Educational Foundation Scholarship Fund

Established 2017

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

Scholarships from the Fund shall be available to students graduating from East Aurora High School who reside within East Aurora School District 131.

Students must attend an accredited institution of higher education within the United States of America on a full-time basis. Accredited institutions may include a two-year college, four-year college or university, or a professional/trade/vocational school.

The Aurora East Educational Foundation was founded in 1993 to fund educational programs in East Aurora School District 131 and throughout the years the foundation has funded scores of programs that have touched the lives of thousands of students throughout the district.


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


Note: The following scholarship is housed within the Aurora East Educational Foundation and is not an individual fund within the CFFRV Scholarship Program. 


Dick’s Mini Donuts, LLC Aurora East Educational Foundation Vocational Scholarship 

Richard “Dick” Schindel is a 1966 graduate of East High School and is also a graduate of the University of Illinois.  He spent his entire professional career, from 1970 until 2005, in education.  He began teaching in Dist. 131 in 1973, and at East High School in 1979.  He became head of the Business Education department in 1986, served as varsity head coach in football and softball, and also as a lower-level baseball coach. 

Mr. Schindel has always been involved in community activities and organizations that give back to those in need.  As the small business owner of Dick’s Mini Donuts, LLC, which he began in 1996, he has been able to help individual schools and organizations raise funds for needed projects.  Mr. Schindel believes that this scholarship is another means to help fund projects that will benefit the greater good. 


William R. McCormack Aurora East Educational Foundation Vocational Studies Scholarship

The family of William McCormack, who passed away in 2018, has established the William R. McCormack Aurora East Educational Foundation Vocational Scholarship.
Mr. McCormack was born in Kansas, joined the US Air Force at the age of 18, and was trained as an air traffic controller. He was transferred to the Aurora control center in 1965, and with his wife, Dorothy, built a house on the East Side. He was an active controller for 30 years, and an instructor for an additional 20 years.
Mr. McCormack’s three children attended East Aurora schools, and were involved in several sports, activities, and music. He became an active supporter at all of his children’s events, and thus his love for East Aurora ran deep. Mr. and Mrs. McCormack supported other athletic teams and the arts because of their devotion to East Aurora.
After his children graduated, he continued to support the Tomcats by attending athletic events and musical productions. He also became an athletic official, and occasionally worked at East High girls’ matches and games.

Mr. McCormack was proud to have been a Tomcat fan for over 60 years. He would have been honored to support East Aurora students in pursuing their futures.


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