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Walter M. Pennington London Poe Scholarship Endowment Fund

Established 1997

Walter M. Pennington
Walter M. Pennington

Walter M. Pennington (1945-1997) taught at Washington Middle School in Aurora for twenty-six years.

He coached wrestling, girls basketball and co-ed track at the school.

He also served as coach of the girls cross country and track teams at West Aurora High School from 1985-1989.

Mr. Pennington battled cancer for several years prior to his death.

During that time, his family and friends created a scholarship fund to reflect his devotion to the field of teaching and his interest in the works of authors Jack London and Edgar Allan Poe.

Scholarships from the fund are awarded to graduates of West Aurora High School who will be studying within the field of education.

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

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

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