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Office Closure: The Community Foundation will be closed on Monday, October 10, 2022, in recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Merrill E. & Frances C. Olson Endowment Fund

Established 2005

Frances C. & Merrill E. Olson
Frances C. & Merrill E. Olson

This fund was established upon the receipt of an unrestricted bequest from the estates of Merrill and Frances Olson.

The fund distributes income for the general purposes of the Foundation.

Merrill Olson (1919-1987) was born in Mankato, Minnesota.  He was a graduate of Gustavos Adolphus College and attended St. Paul College of Law.

Mr. Olson worked for the William H. Ziegler Company of Minneapolis until 1962 when he moved to Aurora.

He retired in 1977 as a vice-president of the Barber-Greene Company.

Frances Olson (1911-2004) was born in Amboy, Minnesota.  She was a graduate of Amboy High School and attended Mankato State Teachers College for several years.

Mrs. Olson was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church, the White Cross Auxiliary of Copley Memorial Hospital and the Child Welfare Society.

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

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

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

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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