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Aurora Veterans Advisory Council Community Scholarship Fund

Established in 2015

aurora_veterans_advisory.jpgThe Aurora Veterans Advisory Council Fund was created in 1998 to address the most pressing issues impacting local military personnel who have served our country in a branch of the United States military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard).

In 2015, the Council established the Aurora Veterans Advisory Council Community Scholarship Fund. Each year, this fund will provide five $1,000 scholarships to family members of Aurora veterans.

The Council’s Mission Statement is as follows:

  • We are advocates for all veterans of all generations and all conflicts.
  • We shall ensure our citizens, our city and our nation remember the sacrifices of those gone and those who remain.
  • We shall work on their behalf to enlighten the city of veteran situations and likewise inform the citizens about the city’s efforts for veterans.

The Council aids in the planning, development and implementation of veterans-related special activities and programs in the City of Aurora.

The organization is comprised of fifteen members. To be eligible for membership, eight of the members must be in good standing in an active veteran’s organization in the Aurora community.

Five of the members, who are not active in a veteran’s organization but who have been honorably discharged from the military, comprise the next level of membership.

Finally, two seats are available to individuals who are immediate family members of a living or deceased veteran.

The City of Aurora has worked closely with a number of veteran organizations in Aurora.

Some of the results of these collaborations include the naming of the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge on Illinois Avenue, working with the Aurora Navy League in their efforts to have the U.S. Navy commission a ship named after the City of Aurora, and establishing a covenant with all military branches.

More information on the Aurora Veteran’s Advisory Council is available on their website or on their Facebook page.

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

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

…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

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

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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