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Dunham Foundation Scholarship Funds

Established 2021

Dunham Foundation LogoThe Dunham Foundation is committed to providing positive, multi-generational support to all individuals and families in its service area. This support lays the groundwork for successful generations to come and builds an infrastructure for a community where all can thrive. The Dunham Foundation invests in the following three areas: education, economic growth and community.

To pay tribute to the community he flourished in, John C. Dunham’s mission when creating the foundation is to “make the world a more comfortable, safer place for mankind to live and prosper.”

These scholarships honor Dunham Foundation retired board members who carried out John’s vision conceived in 1996.

Dunham Foundation Scholarship Fund in honor of Janet B. Morcos

The Dunham Foundation created a scholarship fund in honor of Janet B. Morcos, past Board Member of the Dunham Foundation. This scholarship is available to graduating seniors of East Aurora High School, Kaneland High School or Marmion High School and students in their undergraduate program who received the Dunham Foundation Scholarship Fund in honor of Janet B. Morcos in the previous year.

Janet B. Morcos was an elementary educator at West Aurora School District for 31 years.  She made sure her students had enriching experiences beyond the classroom and took them on field trips to Disney on Ice, Brookfield Zoo, train, and boat rides in Chicago, and shows at the Paramount Theatre. Part of the learning experience for students was to sell enough World’s Finest Chocolate Bars to cover expenses for the field trips.  Janet wanted the students to know that with hard work, comes reward.

She and her husband, Jack, enjoyed a long friendship with John C. and Judy B. Dunham.  Janet fulfilled his board position upon Jack’s passing until her retirement in 2013.

Dunham Foundation Scholarship Fund in honor of Jacob “Jack” N. Morcos

The Dunham Foundation created a scholarship fund in honor of Jacob “Jack” N. Morcos, past Board Member of the Dunham Foundation. This scholarship is available to graduating seniors of East Aurora High School, Kaneland High School or Marmion High School and students in their undergraduate program who received the Dunham Foundation Scholarship Fund in honor of Jacob “Jack” N. Morcos in the previous year.

Jack N. Morcos was a successful businessman who built a formidable commercial insurance agency who insured school districts, park districts, construction companies, and large social service agencies throughout Chicagoland.

John C. Dunham and Jack enjoyed spending time talking about the nuances of entrepreneurship and ownership.  John admired Jack’s grit for moving to the United States at 17 years old, by himself, and with minimal understanding of the English language.  Like John, Jack’s enthusiasm to learn, enabled him to master the English language coupled with his strong work ethic, provided the foundation for his success and willingness to support many in need during his lifetime.

Dunham Foundation Scholarship Fund in honor of Judy Behrens Dunham

The Dunham Foundation created a scholarship fund in honor of Judy Behrens Dunham, past board member of the Dunham Foundation. This scholarship is available to graduating seniors of SD 129, SD 131, SD 302. GED Recipient that attended high school in one of the above school districts or Non-Traditional student in undergraduate program that is going back to school and graduated from one of the above school district high schools. Undergraduate and graduate students that received Dunham Foundation Scholarship Fund in honor of Judy Behrens Dunham in the previous year are eligible.

John C. Dunham, along with his wife, Judith “Judy” Behrens Dunham, envisioned a structure for supporting nonprofit organizations in the greater Aurora area. Both felt fortunate to live, work, and thrive in Aurora. They each, individually and together, supported many educational and service organizations.

Judy Dunham was born in Aurora, spent her childhood in Yorkville, and completed high school in Oswego. In 1958, she graduated from the Copley School of Nursing, where she worked for many years in intensive care, pharmacy, and in private duty. Judy felt pride in serving on the Dunham Foundation  board and creating the Dunham  Foundation with her husband, John, knowing the positive impact of financial support on the nonprofits who serve vulnerable neighbors in the Dunham Foundation Service Area.

Learn more about John C. and Judy B. Dunham’s legacy.

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

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

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

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

…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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