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Mary Calkins Barbee Memorial Fund

Established 2015

Mary Calkins Barbee
Mary Calkins Barbee

This fund was created as a memorial to Mary Calkins Barbee who passed away January 14, 2015.

Mary was born in Richmond, Wisconsin on New Years Eve in 1922. After graduating from Wisconsin State University in Whitewater, she established herself in Aurora where she taught 38 years, all but one at Bardwell Elementary School.

She was a member of First Methodist Church for many years and later, Westminster Presbyterian Church in Aurora where she devoted much time serving in positions of Deacon and Elder.

Mary was happiest when she was busy—in addition to volunteering at church she was active in many organizations: PEO, AAUW, Aurora Woman’s Club, Jennings Terrace Auxiliary Board, Child Welfare and Illinois Retired Teachers.

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

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

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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

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

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