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Gerald & Barbara Morrow Family Endowment Fund

Established 2010

Barbara & Gerald Morrow
Barbara & Gerald Morrow

The Gerald and Barbara Morrow Family Endowment Fund provides income for the Community Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking program.

Barbara Biever Morrow (1930-2013) was born in Aurora. Her family heritage of civic service in Aurora, through the Biever Furniture Company, dates back to the company’s founding in 1881.

Following her graduation from Northwestern University, she had a gratifying career as a third grade teacher at Freeman Elementary School.

She was recognized for her achievements by West Aurora School District 129 with the “Golden Apple Award.”

Gerald Morrow (1924-2014) was a CPA and graduate of the University of Illinois.  He served as treasurer of the City of Aurora for eight years.

He was honored by election as president of the Illinois Municipal Finance Officers and as chairman of an Illinois CPA Society committee charged with rewriting the State of Illinois’ municipal accounting standards.

Mr. Morrow then served as treasurer of the Wadsworth Golf Construction Company for over thirty-five years. He later was elected to a four-year term as auditor for Kane County.

He also was an instructor for evening advanced accounting classes at Aurora University, president of the Aurora Kiwanis Club and an active participant in United Way.

During World War II, Mr. Morrow served his country as an Army Paratroop demolition specialist with the First Allied Airborne in Europe.

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

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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

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

…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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