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Hester “Lark” Thomasson Endowment Fund

Established 2008

Hester Thomasson
Hester Thomasson

The Hester “Lark” Thomasson Endowment Fund was established by the Girl Scouts-Fox Valley Council to provide annual support for the leadership development of residents of the Fox River Valley who are Girl Scouts or volunteers to the Council.

The initial gift to create the fund was given in loving memory of Hester Thomasson by her sister Mary Lou Conover (1929-2020).

Hester Loretta Thomasson (1917-2006) was born in Whittier, Iowa. In 1931, her family moved to Aurora. During World War II, she began working for Sears Roebuck and Company and eventually became head of the Young Women’s Department.

Miss Thomasson was active in Girl Scouts as a troop member and also the Golden Eaglettes, a high school group.

As an adult, she was a troop leader and became the adult leader who led the singing at council-wide events. It was during this time that she was given the camp name of “Lark.”

Later, as a result of her long efforts as an adult volunteer, she received the Thanks Badge, one of the highest honors at the council level.

Miss Thomasson lived in a Friends (Quaker) community until moving to Aurora. Her family believed that this background led to her gentle and peaceful lifestyle.

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

…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

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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