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Lance Corporal Hector Ramos Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established 2009

Lance Cpl. Hector Ramos
Lance Cpl. Hector Ramos

This fund, created to honor the life of Hector Ramos, provides scholarships to graduates of East Aurora High School.

To be eligible for these awards, students must have demonstrated respect for the educational process throughout their high school years and a resolve to be successful in their pursuit of a higher education.

In the awarding of these scholarships, preference is given to those students who were involved in the fine arts curriculum at East Aurora High School.

Hector Ramos (1984-2005) was born in Aurora, Illinois. He was a 2003 graduate of East Aurora High School.

He achieved the rank of Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps.

He died on January 26, 2005 while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom when his helicopter crashed in a desert sandstorm near the town of Rutbah, Iraq.

Hector Ramos excelled in the fine arts and drama at high school. He planned to pursue a career as an artist upon his return from the service.

Friends and teachers at East Aurora High School described him as smiling, friendly, outgoing, creative, talented, involved, fun-loving and proud.

One of the school’s advisors characterized him as a born leader. “Some kids just stand out. Hector was one of those students.”

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

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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

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

…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

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