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George & Marilyn Ball Scholarship Endowment Fund

Established 2000

George & Marilyn Ball
George & Marilyn Ball

This fund was established by Marilyn Ball as a memorial to her husband George Ball and her sister Lucile Potter.

Scholarships from the fund are available to students graduating from West Aurora High School who are pursuing a degree in elementary or pre-school education.

George Ball (1926-1990) was a graduate of Valparaiso University.  From 1951-1959, he was a teacher and coach at Freeman Elementary School.

In 1960, he was appointed principal of the new Hall Elementary School and continued in that position until his retirement in 1981.

He then became a homebound counselor at the Association for Individual Development and later served in the Assessment Office at Waubonsee Community College.

Marilyn Ball (1925-2008) was a graduate of Valparaiso University.  Upon gradation, she taught for two years at Mooseheart.

In 1969, she began a twenty-five year teaching career at Wesley United Methodist Church Nursery 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

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

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

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

…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

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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