A bequest from the estate of Lydia B. Raymond was received in 1980 to provide scholarships for public high school graduates in Aurora.
In 2002, the Foundation reestablished the fund as an endowment to ensure ongoing recognition of her generosity.
Lydia Raymond (1893-1979) lived most of her life in Aurora and attended the West Aurora Public Schools.
She was a graduate of the University of Chicago and received certificates from the University of Paris, the Sorbonne and the University of Mexico.
She taught language, social studies and French at West Aurora High School from 1918 until her retirement in 1958.
Upon her retirement, she received a tribute from her students in the West Aurora EOS Yearbook. “This tribute is the voice of all students who under her tutelage learned from her much more than academic information. Miss Raymond possessed that great quality of all truly dedicated teachers who inspire students to extend themselves, to persevere and to expand.