The William and Edna Bennett Scholarship Fund was established within the Community Foundation to honor the lives of William and Edna Bennett.
This fund provides scholarships to graduates of East Aurora High School who have excelled in the athletic program at the school and who have been involved in community service.
William W. Bennett, Sr. (1919-2011) was a lifelong resident of Aurora and a member of the East Aurora High School Class of 1938.
He played football for the school and also for the semi-pro team, the Aurora Clippers.
Mr. Bennett served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He retired in 1983 after thirty years with Stephens-Adamson.
Edna May (Ulferts) Bennett (1922-2002) was born in Oregon, Illinois.
She later moved to Aurora and was a member of the East Aurora High School Class of 1940.
Mr. and Mrs. Bennett were active members of Fourth Street United Methodist Church and Morning Star Community Church.
They raised four children who also were graduates of East Aurora High School.
Mr. Bennett was an ardent fan of the East Aurora Tomcat’s athletic teams. This fund was created to demonstrate the family’s pride in East Aurora and their desire to contribute to the educational success of its graduates.