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Bill Sweeney Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established 2010

William M. Sweeney
William M. Sweeney

The Bill Sweeney Memorial Scholarship Fund was created by the family and friends of William M. Sweeney to honor the life of this extraordinary Aurora educator.

The fund provides scholarships to outstanding graduates of West Aurora High School pursuing a career in math education.

Mr. Sweeney (1943-2010), a resident of Sugar Grove, Illinois, passed away on Friday June 4, 2010.

He was born in Bloomington, Illinois and was a graduate of Trinity High School in Bloomington.

An avid sports enthusiast, he played basketball, football, and baseball during high school.

In addition, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Illinois State University and a Master of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University.

Mr. Sweeney taught mathematics and was a guidance counselor for West Aurora School District 129 for thirty-four years.

He coached basketball and football at Franklin Middle School, and later coached varsity football at West Aurora as an offensive coordinator.

He also worked at the Fox Valley Park District for over twenty years, the majority of which was spent as Athletic Director.

After retiring from education, Mr. Sweeney worked for nine years at AXA-Equitable, where he was a financial planner for teachers.

He was survived by his wife, Jane, and their daughter, Kimberly McGowan.

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

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

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

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

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