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Carl E. Swanson & Clara M. Swanson & Family Scholarship Endowment Fund

Established 2009

Carl E. Swanson
Carl E. Swanson
Clara M. Swanson
Clara M. Swanson

Scholarships from this fund are awarded to descendants of current or deceased members of Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake and/or the American Legion Post 630 in Elburn.

Carl Edward Swanson and Clara Magnusson Swanson were born in Sweden. They met after immigrating to America.

They lived in Aurora for a short time after their marriage and then moved to Lily Lake where they farmed on land owned by Hicks Downing of Elburn.

After World War I, they moved to the Balwahn Farm north of Wasco. Shortly thereafter, they farmed on the Miller Farm south of Wasco.

In 1932, they quit farming and sold their livestock at auction. They then lived on the Smart Farm in what is now Campton Hills.

In 1933, they bought a 110-ten acre farm in Lily Lake. Sadly, Mr. Swanson died four years later leaving his wife to manage the farm and raise their six remaining children.

Times were difficult for Mrs. Swanson and she nearly lost the farm. However, through hard work and determination, she and the children were able to maintain the farm. Mrs. Swanson died in 1969.

In 1983, the farm was sold by her children. A portion of the proceeds were given to the Community Foundation by the couple’s youngest child Carl R. Swanson (1927-2007) through a bequest from his estate.

His gift was accompanied by the following words: “My parents’ lives of hard work, family devotion and spirit were responsible for the good fortune of the eventual sale of their property. That same spirit and devotion were instilled in their children and there was never any animosity among them. With that in mind, this memorial is instituted.”

…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

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

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

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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