Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley
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Dr. Bernard J. Cigrand Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund

Established 2003

Dr. Bernard J. Cigrand

Dr. Bernard J. Cigrand

This fund provides scholarships to students of Luxembourg descent or to students who were active in the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts.

The fund was created in 2003 by a local Boy Scout, Galen Norman of Aurora, with the proceeds of an Eagle Scout project he undertook to honor Dr. Cigrand.

In 2007, the fund reached endowment status through additional contributions of local citizens.

Dr. Cigrand (1866-1932) was a well-known dentist who lived and practiced his profession in Chicago, Batavia and then Aurora.

He also was a patriot. Throughout his dental career, he campaigned tirelessly to have June 14 declared as a special day of observance to honor the United States flag.

Finally in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that June 14 would become a national day to celebrate the birth of our flag.

From that time forward, Dr. Bernard Cigrand became known as the “Father of Flag Day.”

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