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James & Clarice Toynton Scholarship Endowment Fund

Established 2012

James & Clarice Toynton
James & Clarice Toynton

This fund awards scholarships to graduates of West Aurora High School who will be entering the field of elementary or special education.

James Toynton was born and raised in Genoa City, Wisconsin.

He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse where he received his degree in elementary education.

Later, he received his master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

Mr. Toynton taught at Frank Hall Elementary School from 1960 to 1970.

He also served as principal of Nancy Hill Elementary School from 1971 to 1981 and Frank Hall Elementary School from 1981 until his retirement in 1994.

He and his wife Clarice then established Gert’s Custom Blind and Shade business, which they owned and operated from 1994 until 2005.

His community involvement has included memberships on the West Aurora School District 129 Board of Education, Aurora Area Salvation Army Advisory Board and Aurora Evening Lion’s Club (charter member).

Clare Toynton was raised on a dairy farm near Ferryville, Wisconsin.

She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse, where she received a degree in elementary education.

Mrs. Toynton taught second grade at Freeman Elementary School from 1962 to 1965.

She then became a learning disability teacher at Washington Middle School and at Nicholson, Schneider and Smith Elementary Schools from 1976 until 2000.

She was the recipient of the Golden Apple Award from West Aurora School District 129 which recognizes extraordinary dedication to the school district.

Her community involvement has included ten years of service as a member of the board of directors of Mutual Ground.

The Toyntons are active members of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

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

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

…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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