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Josephine M. Hancock Endowment Fund

Established 2002

John and Josephine Hancock & Margaret Bennigsen
John and Josephine Hancock & Margaret Bennigsen

This fund was created to administer an unrestricted bequest received from the estate of Josephine Hancock as a memorial to her family.

Josephine Hancock (1902-2001) was born in Aurora and operated the Millinery Department of the Virginia Shop.

She also was a volunteer at Hines Veteran’s Hospital and was a member of the American Red Cross, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and St. Rita of Cascia Church.

Miss Hancock is pictured here (in the center) with her brother John Hancock and her sister Margaret Bennigsen.

John Hancock, who passed away in 1994, was associated with the newspaper business.

Mrs. Bennigsen, who passed away in 1996, was married to a Russian Count who immigrated to the United States during the Russian Revolution.

Miss Hancock was also preceded in death by her brother Walter Hancock and her sister Theresa Hancock.

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

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

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

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

…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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