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Donald E. & Annabelle Keefe Nelson Scholarship Endowment Fund

Established 1997

Donald E. & Annabelle Keefe Nelson
Donald E. & Annabelle Keefe Nelson

This fund was established by the family and friends of Donald Nelson (1926-1997) as a memorial to one of Aurora’s most outstanding civic leaders.

Mr. Nelson was employed by the Old Second National Bank for thirty-six years.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Aurora Kiwanis Club, Knights of Columbus and numerous other civic organizations.

He served as a member of the Zoning Hearing Board, the Civil Service Commission, the Aurora Baseball Commission, School District 131 Board of Education, and was a member of the original group which introduced Little League Baseball to Aurora.

In 1980, the Cosmopolitan Club of Aurora bestowed the “Distinguished Service Award” to Mr. Nelson and, in 1991, the Aurora Kiwanis Club awarded the “Service to God and Fellow Man Award” to him.

Annabelle Keefe passed away in 2016.

This fund was created in 1997 and established as an endowment in 1998.

…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

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

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

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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

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