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

Virginia A. Deisher Family Endowment Fund in Memory of William C. Deisher, Sr., William C. Deisher, Jr. & Samantha Anne Deisher

Established 2001

William C. Deisher
William C. Deisher

The Virginia A. Deisher Family Endowment Fund in Memory of William C. Deisher, Sr., William C. Deisher, Jr. & Samantha Anne Deisher was originally established in 2001 as a memorial to William C. Deisher, Jr. and his daughter, Samantha Anne Deisher.

In 2011, Virginia Deisher, wife of William C. Deisher, Sr., renamed the fund to honor his life as well as the lives of their son and granddaughter.

Currently an advisory fund, the endowment will eventually support Calvary Episcopal Church in Batavia, Illinois and Suicide Prevention Services in Batavia, Illinois.

William C. Deisher, Sr., a former director of the Community Foundation, passed away on June 4, 2009.

Mr. Deisher (1925-2009) served from 1984-1990 on our board of directors and played a significant role in our development.

Upon graduation from East Aurora High School, he joined the United States Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II.

In 1950, Mr. Deisher graduated from Aurora College.  He then started his career at Dietz Industrial Supply Company.

He ultimately achieved the position of president and chief executive officer at Aurora Federal Savings and Loan in Aurora, retiring in 1989.

Mr. Deisher was survived by his wife Virginia, a son David Deisher, and daughter Martha Michniewicz.

He was preceded in death by his son William C. Deisher, Jr. and his granddaughter Samantha Anne Deisher.

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Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

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

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

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

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