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Donald E. & Claire E. Brown Fund

Established 2005

Donald E. & Claire E. Brown Fund
Donald E. & Claire E. Brown

The Donald E. and Claire E. Brown Fund was created by family and friends to honor the couple for their dedication to the field of education.

Donald Brown (1906-2006) received his undergraduate degree from North Central College in Naperville and a Master of Science degree from Northwestern University.

In 1936, Mr. Brown was hired by East Aurora High School as a bookkeeping teacher and their first wrestling coach.

In 2002, he was inducted into the East Aurora High School Athletic Hall of Fame. After retiring from East High, Mr. Brown taught at Aurora College for nine years.

Claire Brown (1914-1992) was born in Pittsfield, Illinois.  She attended North Central College from 1932-1934.

She then devoted the next thirty years of her life as a loving wife, mother and community volunteer. In 1952, she received her undergraduate degree from Aurora College.

For the next twenty-two years, she taught first grade. Most of her teaching career was spent at McCleery Elementary School in Aurora.

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

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

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

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

…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

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