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Theodore Silseth Nelson Scholarship Endowment Fund

Established 2005

Theodore Silseth Nelson
Theodore Silseth Nelson

This fund provides scholarships to students who are returning to school after an elapse of several years since high school graduation.

Students must be at least twenty-two years of age to be eligible for these awards and must be entering a two-year course of study leading to an associate’s degree in the field of health care with preference to students seeking a registered nurse certification.

Theodore Nelson was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

He received a BBA degree with majors in economics and labor management relations from the University of Iowa.

In 1969, Mr. Nelson moved to Aurora as a result of a corporate transfer. He was employed as a large commercial account underwriter in the insurance industry.

Mr. Nelson created this fund out of respect for the competency of those who are members of the health care profession and to encourage those who wish to improve themselves by returning to school after having been in the work force.

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

…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

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

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

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