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Phyllis Kramer Scholarship Fund

Established 2001

Phyllis Kramer
Phyllis Kramer

The Phyllis Kramer Scholarship Fund provides one-time awards to students who will be studying within the field of Family and Consumer Science (Home Economics) Education.

This curriculum prepares students for careers in the field of teaching as well as in the fields of culinary arts, child development, preschool education, fashion design/clothing and human services.

Phyllis Kramer received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mansfield State University in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. She then began her teaching career in New Jersey.

In 1967, she joined the faculty at West Aurora High School. She taught home economics at the school for thirty-five years.

During this time, she earned a Master of Arts Degree from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois.

In addition to her responsibilities as a classroom teacher, she also developed and implemented the Home Economics Related Occupations (H.E.R.O.) work program, served as department chair, mentored new teachers and provided educational support for the entire department staff.

She has furthered her studies throughout the world, most notably in Paris, France and Florence, Italy.  She also was the recipient of the Illinois Governor’s Master Teacher Award and the Best in the West Award.

Kramer is the owner of Culinary Exchange, a company that develops and evaluates recipes for product development and promotion.  Additionally, she has worked with numerous area restaurants and organizations including Lettuce Entertain You, Con Agra, McDonalds, the Pump Room, Persimmon Tree Cooking School and Pepperidge Farm.

Her professional affiliations include Women’s Chefs and Restaurateurs, Slow Food, the Administrators Advisory Council, the National Education Association and the Illinois Education Association.  She also has volunteered on behalf of numerous charitable organizations in Aurora.

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

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

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

…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

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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