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Ben Horonzy Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established 2011

Ben Horonzy
Ben Horonzy

Ben Horonzy (1979-2008) was born in Buffalo, New York. His family moved to Geneva, Illinois when Ben was five.

He attended the Fourth Street School, Coultrap Middle School and Geneva High School.

As a young boy, Ben participated in soccer, little league baseball and the school band.

In high school, he excelled on the Geneva football team and received honorable mention for the all conference team.

In 1997, he enrolled at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The following year, he attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he received a degree in communications in 2001.

After college, Ben worked in sales for several companies. At Stiefel Laboratories, he received numerous awards, such as Chicago District MVP and the prestigious President’s Club Award that is reserved for the highest performers.

In January 2008, he was promoted to a sales executive position at Stiefel and was in the process of moving to Atlanta when he died.

Shortly thereafter, his family and friends created a scholarship at Geneva High School to pay tribute to his life. The scholarship now is administered by the Community Foundation.

The Ben Horonzy Memorial Scholarship Fund honors the spirit and passion that Ben brought to his relationships.

He has been described as kind, compassionate, fun-loving and respectful. He had a winsome smile with a personality to match.

Ben was an unforgettable boy who turned into an unforgettable man.

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

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

…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

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

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

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