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Office Closure: The Community Foundation will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2022, in observance of Independence Day.

Mendoza Foundation

Established 2018

The Mendoza Foundation Fund was created to provide scholarships to students who are graduating high school or entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year of undergraduate studies. Students must attend a four-year college or university on a full-time basis.

Eligibility is restricted to students who are or who have graduated from East Aurora High School or West Aurora High School and who are pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). High school students must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Undergraduate students must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

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

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

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

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