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Aurora Firefighters Scholarship Endowment Fund in Memory of Tony Schoen

Established 1991

Tony Schoen
Tony Schoen

The Aurora Firefighters created a scholarship fund in 1991 to honor the memory of fellow firefighter, Tony Schoen.

The fund was established as an endowment in 2003.

Tony Schoen (1962-1991) was an Aurora firefighter from 1985 until his death in 1991.

He was a graduate of Yorkville High School.  During his high school years he took an active role in the formation of the Emergency Medical Service of Yorkville.

He earned a certificate as an emergency medical technician and later worked with the Bristol-Kendall Emergency Medical Service.

His other interests included aviation and carpentry. He also obtained a private pilot license and operated an excavating business.

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

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

…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

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

Being a part of the Community Foundation scholarship committee is the highlight of my year. For many, a scholarship from the Community Foundation is the reason they are able to continue reaching for their dreams and changing the future of our world. I hope each recipient knows just how inspirational they are to those of us who are lucky enough to read their stories.

Jessica Breugelmans

Board Member & Scholarship Committee Member

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