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Office Closure: The Community Foundation will be closed on Monday, October 10, 2022, in recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

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.”

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

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

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

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

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