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Mary R. Chapman Endowment Fund

Established 2008

Mary R. Chapman
Mary R. Chapman

This fund was created through the receipt of an unrestricted bequest from the estate of Mary R. Chapman in December 2008.

Although her parents lived in Canada, Mary Chapman (1916-2007) was born in Wishaw, Scotland.

During World War I, her mother took a trip back to her birthplace in Scotland prior to the impending birth of her daughter.  Since passenger ships were unable to leave the country, Mary Chapman was born in Scotland.

She and her parents later moved from Canada to Michigan where she attended and graduated from Ecourse High School.  When she was in her forties, she became a proud citizen of the United States.

Her first husband John G. Neill passed away in 1963.  She then worked for the Aurora Country Club.

It was there that she met her second husband Josef W. Chapman.  They were married for nineteen years until his death.

Mrs. Chapman was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church and the Aurora Country Club.

She also volunteered for the Red Cross, Mercy Center Auxiliary and the American Heart Association.

Although her bequest was unrestricted, Mrs. Chapman was a great admirer of the nursing profession and her family requested that scholarships be awarded from her fund to students entering this life-affirming vocation.

Income from this fund also supports the Community Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking program.

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

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

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

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

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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