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Bishop William Haven Bonner Scholarship Fund

Established 2016


Bishop William Haven Bonner was born September 13, 1921 in Blytheville, Arkansas. He was the eighth of eighteen children. He attended DuSable High School and Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. In 1942, he married the love of his life, Dorothy Mae Green, and the couple had four children.

In 1949, Bonner moved his family to Aurora, Illinois and established the Greater Mount Olive Church Of God In Christ. In 1982, Aurora Mayor Jack Hill renamed the street the church is on to Bonner Avenue.

Bishop Bonner won several awards and accolades, including an honorary doctorate from the Trinity Hall Theological Seminary, and the Bishop William H. Bonner Park in Aurora was named in his honor. He was a pastor for seventy-two years and will be remembered for his constant giving. One of his favorite phrases was, “Giving is receiving.”

Bishop William Haven Bonner passed away August 29, 2016 at the age of 94. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Mae Bonner, his daughter Enyess Allen and his son Charles Edward Bonner. He is survived by two daughters, Willie Etta Wright and Dorothy Jones and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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

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

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