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Richard C. & Ollie R. Lowrey Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund

Established 2022

The Richard C. & Ollie R. Lowrey Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund provides scholarships to graduates of East Aurora High School.

Richard Columbus Lowrey (1925 – 2011) retired from Caterpillar Tractor Co. after many years in Production Accounting, which gave him more time to devote to his joy of gardening. He was also quite active at Mount Olive Church of God in Christ, where he served as a deacon and eventually became State Superintendent of Sunday School (Sixth Jurisdiction of Illinois). Ollie Ruth Lowrey (1930 – 2022), also a member of Mt. Olive, was a loving homemaker and baking enthusiast. She was also an able cashier at A & P for many years. Though both Richard & Ollie were born and raised in segregated Arkansas, shortly after marriage they moved to Chicago and after several years there eventually settled in Aurora. This provided a welcoming environment to raise their sons, Richard & Alex, who both graduated from Oak Park Elementary School, C. F. Simmons Jr. High School, and East Aurora High School before moving on to college.

This scholarship endowment fund is ultimately a culmination of the hard work, dedication, love, and prayers of Richard & Ollie Lowrey.

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

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

…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

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

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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