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Edna M. Rollins Endowment Fund

Established 2011

Edna M. Rollins
Edna M. Rollins

This fund was created upon the receipt of a bequest from the estate of Edna Rollins.  The net income is distributed on an annual basis to the Aurora East Educational Endowment Foundation Fund within the Community Foundation, Edna M. Rollins Elementary School and St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Edna M. Rollins (1916-2010) was born in Aurora and lived in the community her entire life. In 1958, she built her home in Montgomery, and it remained her home until she retired to Jennings Terrace in 2007. It was at Jennings that she passed away on May 25, 2010.

Miss Rollins was a product of the East Aurora Schools, graduating in 1933. Three years later, she began her career with the school system. That career lasted forty-three years during which time she attained the positions of director of financial and administrative services and treasurer. She retired in 1979.

One of her proudest achievements was that she oversaw the construction of East Aurora High School. However, the ultimate honor to her tireless service was paid when the board of education voted to name an elementary school after her – the Edna M. Rollins Elementary School. Rollins School was an ongoing source of great pride to her and she visited at every opportunity.

A believer in lifelong education, she received a bachelor’s degree from Aurora College in 1972 and did additional coursework at Northern Illinois University and the University of Illinois.

Edna Rollins was a charter member of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials and the first woman to serve on its board of directors. At the time of her retirement, she was one of only two women in the country holding the registered school business administrator certificate.

A woman of many interests, she loved to travel, including sailing on the Queen Mary and trips to Alaska, Europe, and the Far East.

She was a member of the Minerva Coterie, Zonta, Woman’s Club of Aurora and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Naperville.

A woman recognized in her community, she received “Woman of the Year” honors from both the Aurora Business Women’s Association and the YWCA Aurora.

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

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

Being a part of the Community Foundation scholarship committee is the highlight of my year. For many, a scholarship from the Community Foundation is the reason they are able to continue reaching for their dreams and changing the future of our world. I hope each recipient knows just how inspirational they are to those of us who are lucky enough to read their stories.

Jessica Breugelmans

Board Member & Scholarship Committee Member

…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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