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William & Edna Bennett Scholarship Fund

Established 2009

Edna & William Bennett
Edna & William Bennett

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.

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

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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

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

…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

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

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

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