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Christine A. Ponquinette Memorial/INC Board Minority Student Scholarship Fund

Established 1989

Dr. Christine A. Ponquinette
Dr. Christine A. Ponquinette

The Christine A. Ponquinette Memorial/INC Board Minority Student Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to African-American and Hispanic students who are pursing a degree in social work.  In the awarding of these scholarships, preference is given to students attending Aurora University, to students currently enrolled in Aurora University’s School of Social Work, or to residents of southern Kane County.

These scholarships are named for Dr. Christine Ponquinette (1941-1992).  Dr. Ponquinette was a professor of social work at the College of St. Francis and was named chairperson of the Social Work/Psychology Department.

Prior to holding this position, she was employed by the Department of Children and Family Services.

Dr. Ponquinette served on the boards of directors of the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services, Inc., Community Action Agency of Will County and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will County.

Dr. Christine Ponquinette was married to Dr. Charles Ponquinette, former superintendent of the East Aurora School System.

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

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

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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