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Dorothy Mae Bonner Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund

Established 2004

Dorothy Mae Bonner
Dorothy Mae Bonner

The Dorothy Mae Bonner Memorial Scholarship Fund was created to honor the life of Dorothy Mae “Mother” Bonner.  This fund became an endowment in 2012.

Mrs. Bonner (1921-2004) was born in Alexandria, Louisiana.  She was a graduate of Wendell Phillips High School in Chicago where she was a member of the National Honor Society.

In 1942, she married Bishop William Bonner who was the pastor of the Greater Mount Olive Church of God In Christ in Aurora.  As the First Lady of her church and of the Sixth Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Illinois, Mrs. Bonner influenced the lives of others through her gift of an understanding heart.

According to friends, Mrs. Bonner was known as Mother Bonner for her skills as a master caregiver to those with whom she came into contact.  She assumed a quiet profile in life, preferring to encourage the success of others.

Her many acts of kindness will now be publicly recognized through the awarding of scholarships that carry her name.

Mrs. Bonner was survived by her three children Enyess Allen, Willie Etta Wright and Dorothy Jones.  She was preceded in death by her son Charles. Her husband Bishop Bonner passed away in 2016.

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

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

Being a part of the Community Foundation scholarship committee is the highlight of my year. For many, a scholarship from the Community Foundation is the reason they are able to continue reaching for their dreams and changing the future of our world. I hope each recipient knows just how inspirational they are to those of us who are lucky enough to read their stories.

Jessica Breugelmans

Board Member & Scholarship Committee Member

…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

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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