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Mary J. Boland Endowment Fund

Established 2003

Mary J. Boland
Mary J. Boland

This fund was created upon receipt of an unrestricted bequest from the estate of Mary Boland.

Miss Boland (1906-2002) and her three sisters and brother were raised on a farm in Fairfax, Iowa.

They often were the only students attending the local country school.

She received her teaching certificate from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, a degree in music from Cedar Falls Teachers College and a graduate degree from Northwestern University.

In 1931, Miss Boland moved to Aurora to begin a teaching career in the East Aurora Schools.  She taught at Brady, Beaupre and Oak Park Schools.

Later she was appointed supervisor of the music program at all eleven elementary schools.  She retired in 1971 after nearly forty years of service.

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

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

…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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