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Howard E. Gillette Scholarship Endowment Fund

Established 2008

Dr. Howard E. Gillette
Dr. Howard E. Gillette

The Howard E. Gillette Scholarship Endowment Fund was created by the family and friends of Dr. Gillette at the time of his passing.  It received further funding upon receipt of a bequest from his estate.

Dr. Howard Gillette (1915-2008) was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was a graduate of East Aurora High School, North Central College and the University of Illinois College of Dentistry.

After completing his residency in Oral Surgery at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, he spent three years in the United States Air Force.

In 1947, he started his Oral Surgery practice in Aurora. He retired in 1982.

Dr. Gillette also taught at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and Loyola College of Dentistry.

His extraordinary interest in world travel developed when he served as a tour escort for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad in the summers of 1939-1941.

Dr. Gillette also was a sports enthusiast, competing in track during his high school and college years.  He then took up golf which became a lifelong passion.

He also was an avid fan of all Chicago sports teams and, as his family observed, he died knowing that his beloved Cubs were in first place.

In addition to his memberships in professional associations, he served on numerous boards of community and civic organizations, including the West Aurora School District 129 Board of Education, American Red Cross – Aurora Chapter, American Cancer Society, Aurora Chamber of Commerce and Aurora National Bank.

Dr. Gillette was a member of the board of directors of the Community Foundation for twenty-two years.  He also served as a senior or emeritus director for seven years.

Scholarships from Dr. Gillette’s fund are available to graduates of East Aurora and West Aurora High School for attendance at North Central College.

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

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

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