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Hermann & Rita Golter Scholarship Endowment Fund

Established 2003

Hermann & Rita Golter
Hermann & Rita Golter

The Hermann & Rita Golter Scholarship Endowment Fund was established to provide scholarships to graduates of West Aurora High School who are studying in the field of International Business, International Relations or International Studies and who are fluent in a foreign language.  This fund, which was created in 2003, became an endowment in 2013.

Hermann Golter (1918-2003) and Rita Golter (1937-  ) came to America from Germany in the 1950s. Mr. Golter arrived in 1955 and Mrs. Golter in 1959.

Hermann Golter was born in Hoeheinoed, Germany. He was a German veteran of World War II and spent over five years as a prisoner of war in a Russian prison camp.

In 1955, he immigrated to the United States and worked for several businesses in the Aurora, Illinois area.

He was best known as the gentleman who worked at Robert Hall, a men’s clothing store, and later at Baskin Clothing from where he retired.

Mr. Golter was ever proud of his United States citizenship and expressed his appreciation through his sincere and moving testimonials.

Rita Golter lived in Glencoe, Illinois after arriving in the United States.  In 1961, she married Hermann Golter and took up permanent residence in Aurora.

Mrs. Golter worked for the West Aurora School District in the Special Education Department until her retirement.

For Mr. and Mrs. Golter, America was a dream come true. By establishing a charitable fund within the Community Foundation – originally in Hermann Golter’s name and now representing Rita Golter as well – their goal was to give back to their community and remain involved in the Community Foundation family.

As immigrants to this country, education was always of paramount importance to the Golters. This scholarship reflects their belief in the importance of international goodwill and understanding.

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

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

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

…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

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

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