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Fred W. Schussler Endowment Fund

Established 1989

Fred W. Schussler
Fred W. Schussler

An unrestricted bequest was received in 1989 from the estate of Fred W. Schussler.

In 2002, the Foundation reestablished the fund as an endowment to ensure ongoing recognition of his generosity.

Fred Schussler (1904-1988) was born in Joliet, Illinois. He moved to Aurora in the early 1920’s to launch a specialized automotive business.

From the end of World War II, he was actively engaged in residential and industrial property management.

Mr. Schussler was president of the Cosmopolitan Club in 1936. He also served as president of the Aurora Historical Society from 1960 to 1966 and continued as a member of the board of directors thereafter.

His other affiliations included the Greater Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Aurora Kiwanis Club, Two Rivers Council Boy Scouts, Edna Smith Home, Aurora Navy League, Knights of Columbus and St. Rita of Cascia Church.

…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

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

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

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

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