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Dr. & Mrs. C.L. Gardner Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund

Established 1991

Dr. C.L. Gardner
Dr. C.L. Gardner
Phyllis H. Gardner
Phyllis H. Gardner

This memorial fund was created by the family and friends of Dr. C.L. Gardner (1908-1991) to honor the life of this remarkable Aurora physician.

Dr. Gardner practiced medicine for over fifty years before his retirement in 1983.  He served as president of Dreyer Medical Clinic and the Kane County Medical Society.

He also was senior staff physician at Copley Memorial Hospital and Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.

In 1996, the fund was renamed to include his wife Phyllis H. Gardner who passed away in January of that year.

Mrs. Gardner (1911-1996) received a degree in English Composition and Literature from the University of Rochester.

A devoted student of literature, she became an accomplished writer.

Mrs. Gardner was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, P.E.O. Chapter DD and the Child Welfare Society.

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

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

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

…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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