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YEP Student Spotlight: Athena

Meet Athena, a senior at West Aurora High School. This is her first year in YEP. “I wanted to join YEP because of the objective maturity I would gain from such a responsible organization. Collecting and distributing grants, giving back to the community via service, and simply coming together to reach a goal, were all things that I hoped to apply myself in while signing up for YEP. Growing up, the community around me always lent a helping hand whenever I was in need of assistance. Whether it be neighbors who gathered around for an annual pumpkin picking or the nice high school tutors that would help me with classes that I was struggling with, I found a sense of happiness that could never be replicated had I not encounter such nice people. To give back to the universe for giving me such good luck, I’d like to return the favor to whomever I encounter. Helping other youth will feel as if I was passing the torch to the next generation of potential helpers. I will never forget what it was like to be helped by kids older than me, mentors who only had a few more years of experience compared to me yet still managed to make all the difference in my world.”

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

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

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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