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George & Cora Webster Scholarship Endowment Fund

Established 2010

Cora & George Webster
Cora & George Webster

The George and Cora Webster Scholarship Endowment Fund provides scholarships to African American students who are graduates of high schools located within the Community Foundation service area.

George Webster is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh and attended Pennsylvania State University.

In 1963, Mr. Webster enlisted in the United States Marine Corp where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant.  His service included sixteen months in Vietnam.

After serving ten years in the Marine Corp, he joined the United States Navy.  From 1979 until 1982, he was a Navy recruiter in Aurora.

After serving on five different aircraft carriers, he eventually achieved the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer.

Upon his retirement from the service in 1988, he and his wife Cora Webster moved back to the Aurora Community.

Mr. Webster was an Aurora Election Commission Judge for twenty-one years and a member of the Aurora Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association for many years.

Cora Webster was born in Eudora, Arkansas.  She worked as a licensed cosmetologist in Texas and was employed by both the May Company and the KMART Corporation in Illinois.

Mrs. Webster (1939-2022) was a member of the Main Street Baptist Church and served as a member of the Nurses Aide Ministry.

Mr. and Mrs. Webster were married in December 1969 at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Chicago. They have one son, one granddaughter, two grandsons, and two great-grandsons.

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

…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

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

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

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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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