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Elizabeth Knell Shepard Memorial Endowment Fund

Established 1992

Elizabeth Knell Shepard
Elizabeth Knell Shepard

This fund, originally created in 1992, was established as an endowment in 1998 upon receipt of an unrestricted bequest from the estate of Elizabeth Knell Shepard.

Elizabeth Shepard (1917-1996) lived in Aurora until 1971 at which time she moved to Michigan with her husband L. Montgomery Shepard.

Her father John Knell was co-founder and president of All-Steel in Aurora.

While living in Aurora, she served on the Copley Memorial Hospital Board of Directors and remained an active supporter of the hospital until her death.

The Knell Cancer Care Center at Rush-Copley Medical Center was named in honor of her family’s long-standing commitment to the institution.

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

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

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

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

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