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Dortha Pooley Endowment Fund

Established 1993

Dortha Pooley
Dortha Pooley

This endowment was created to administer an unrestricted bequest from the estate of Dortha Pooley.

Pooley (1903-1992) was a graduate of West Aurora High School. In the early 1920’s, she was employed as a stenographer for the Prudential Insurance Company.

In 1932, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin and, in 1940, she received her Master of Arts degree from Columbia University.

Pooley was a teacher in the East Aurora School System for thirty-three years. She taught at the elementary school level and later became an art instructor at East Aurora High School until her retirement in 1968. She was a gifted artist and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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

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

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

…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

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