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Carl E. & Marilyn J. Hess Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund

Established 2021

The Carl E. & Marilyn J. Hess Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund provides scholarships to graduates of Aurora Central, Marmion Academy, and Rosary High School.  Carl Hess (1927-2014) was born in Aurora.  He was a graduate of St. Nicholas Grade School and Marmion Military Academy.  Mr. Hess served in the United States Navy at the end of World War II and during the Korean War.  After retiring from the plastering trade, he enjoyed refinishing furniture.  In addition, Mr. Hess played softball in Aurora for many years.  Marilyn Hess (1930-2020) also was born in Aurora.  She was a graduate of Sacred Heart Grade School and East Aurora High School.  Mrs. Hess was a homemaker and an artist.  Mr. and Mrs. Hess were married for sixty-one years.

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

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

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

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

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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