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The Aurora East Educational Foundation has established a scholarship program to recognize and honor deserving East Aurora graduates who will be continuing their education after high school.

For the EA Class of 2020, 10 Scholarships will be awarded. Students may apply for these scholarships via the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley.

Three types of scholarships are available:
1) Education – for students pursuing studies w/in the field of Education
2) Excellence – for students graduating in the Top 10% of their class
3) Vocational – for students pursuing a career path in Vocational Studies

The AEEF would like to recognize and thank the following benefactors whose generosity makes these scholarships possible.

Aurora East Educational Foundation EDUCATION Scholarships:

Cruz Family Aurora East Educational Foundation Education Scholarship

Eva and Efigenia CruzThe Cruz Family moved to the East Side of Aurora in the 1950’s. They left their home in Puerto Rico and moved to the mainland United States in the hope of a brighter future for their five children.

The Cruz Family Education Scholarship has been established to honor the memory of Ms. Efigenia Cruz and her daughter Ms. Eva Cruz, who were both strong advocates of all Latinos in the Aurora area. Both women volunteered countless hours in their Church and neighborhood communities as they helped immigrant families adjust to and thrive in their new lives. The Cruz Family wishes this scholarship to honor all immigrant families who sacrifice to secure a better future for their children.

Frances and Thomas Strong Aurora East Educational Foundation Education Scholarship

Mr and Mrs StrongThe Frances and Thomas Strong Education Scholarship has been established to honor a couple who were lifetime East Side residents and community servants.Frances Heimsath Strong was a career educator who was born and raised on the East Side of Aurora. She was a math teacher at Mooseheart before and during World War II, and married her husband as he returned from the service in 1945. Mrs. Strong raised her family, was very active in her church and its choir and other organizations, and substituted for many years in all of the Dist. 131 schools, much of the time at Simmons Middle School. Thomas G. Strong was also born and raised on the East Side, and graduated from East High School in 1932.

He excelled in music in school, playing several brass instruments, and also played viola in string quartets in the area. He served in World War II from 1941-45, seeing action in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany. He landed at Normandy beach six days after D-Day, and rose to the rank of Captain in the US Army. Mr. Strong returned to Aurora, finished college, and came back to East High School to teach print shop for several years. He finished his career as a journeyman printer, and passed away in 1972.

Aurora East Educational Foundation EXCELLENCE Scholarships:

Merry Carey Aurora East Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship in honor of Genevieve Kennedy

Merry Carey Merry Carey is a 1968 graduate of East High School, and considers herself a “proud Tomcat.” In 1972, she graduated from Illinois State University in Music Education, and later earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University. She taught for 34 years in Dist. 129, and also directed many youth and adult choirs in the area. She has served on numerous community boards, and is in her sixth year as an Aurora East Educational Association director. Ms. Carey has dedicated this scholarship to Genevieve Kennedy, the long-time choir director at Simmons Middle School.

Ms. Carey believes that “her inspiring teaching and her belief in me sent me on a career path that has given me opportunities I never dreamed I could have way back in 1962.”

Fazio Family Aurora East Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship

fazio familyRealizing the importance of the arts and sciences to our society, Mr. and Mrs. Rich and Margie Fazio believe that education can be a great equalizer. They believe that students of all backgrounds can attain amazing personal and professional goals with internal determination and a dedication to learning. Mr. and Mrs. Fazio have established this scholarship in honor of students who have dedicated themselves to learning their craft and who wish to pursue a career in the arts or sciences.

 

 

 

Carol Thompson Aurora East Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship

Thompson, CarolIn gratitude to East High School and to Dist. 131, Carol Thompson has established an Excellence Scholarship. Ms. Thompson attended Bardwell Elementary School, the old East Junior High School, and entered East High School when it was located on Jackson St. She graduated in 1960 from the “new” East High as a member of the first class to attend that building for all three years.

As a high school student, she remembered her teachers guiding her into extra-curricular activities which helped her in college and in later years. She was on the debate team, attended speech contests, had roles in plays, and was Speculum yearbook editor as a senior. With the help of several scholarships, she attended Knox College in Galesburg, IL. Ms. Thompson taught English at a high school in Alabama during the challenging early years of integration. She became a social worker at the public welfare office, and eventually the director of the local county office. Later, she was a Chief Juvenile Court Officer and was able to serve troubled children. Ms. Thompson believes that the education she received in the East Aurora Schools has shaped her whole life. She further says that it’s the basis for whatever skills she earned over the years and also is the foundation of her moral and ethical life. As a result, she learned how to seek out more knowledge and risk experiences that have enriched her life.

Arlene and Richard Hawks Aurora East Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship

Hawks photo Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hawks have established the Arlene and Richard Hawks Aurora East Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship.
Arlene and Richard Hawks have been longtime residents of Aurora who believe in the bright future of their city and its children. The couple both serve on numerous philanthropic and public service boards with the mission to move them forward in successful ways.

Richard is retired from the Commodity and Brokerage trade and Arlene, after teaching and directing theatre in Dist. 131 for over 32 years, is presently Executive Director of SciTech Hands on Museum in Aurora where the Arts and Sciences are imagined, explored, and discovered.

 

Dr. Charalambos Menelaou Aurora East Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship

menelaouA native of Cyprus, Dr. Charalombos Menelaou was a physician dedicated to the care and well-being of his patients. His core principles centered upon family, faith, education, and service to all in need. Completing his secondary education and military service in Cyprus, Dr. Menelaou traveled to the United States to further his academic studies, receiving his chemistry degree from George Washington University and his medical degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Dr. Menelaou was an independent practitioner of obstetrics and gynecology with various hospital affiliations.

Fluent in Italian and French and self-taught in Spanish, Dr. Menelaou volunteered his services to the Latino community and anyone without health insurance. As a Greek Orthodox parishioner, Dr. Menelaou was very supportive of the people of Cyprus and faith-based ministries active in churches and monasteries across Cyprus and the United States. True to his calling, Dr. Menelaou practiced the art and science of medicine for all people under his care.

Aurora East Educational Foundation VOCATIONAL STUDIES Scholarships:

Dick’s Mini Donuts, LLC Aurora East Educational Foundation Vocational Scholarship

Schindel, Richard

Richard “Dick” Schindel is a 1966 graduate of East High School and is also a graduate of the University of Illinois. He spent his entire professional career, from 1970 until 2005, in education. He began teaching in Dist. 131 in 1973, and at East High School in 1979. He became head of the Business Education department in 1986, served as varsity head coach in football and softball, and also as a lower-level baseball coach.

Mr. Schindel has always been involved in community activities and organizations that give back to those in need. As the small business owner of Dick’s Mini Donuts, LLC, which he began in 1996, he has been able to help individual schools and organizations raise funds for needed projects. Mr. Schindel believes that this scholarship is another means to help fund projects that will benefit the greater good.

William R McCormack Aurora East Educational Foundation VOCATIONAL STUDIES Scholarships

McCormak The family of William McCormack, who passed away in 2018, has established the William R. McCormack Aurora East Educational Foundation Vocational Scholarship. Mr. McCormack was born in Kansas, joined the US Air Force at the age of 18, and was trained as an air traffic controller. He was transferred to the Aurora control center in 1965, and with his wife, Dorothy, built a house on the East Side. He was an active controller for 30 years, and an instructor for an additional 20 years. Mr. McCormack’s three children attended East Aurora schools, and were involved in several sports, activities, and music.

He became an active supporter at all of his children’s events, and thus his love for East Aurora ran deep. Mr. and Mrs. McCormack supported other athletic teams and the arts because of their devotion to East Aurora. After his children graduated, he continued to support the Tomcats by attending athletic events and musical productions. He also became an athletic official, and occasionally worked at East High girls’ matches and games. Mr. McCormack was proud to have been a Tomcat fan for over 60 years. He would have been honored to support East Aurora students in pursuing their futures.

The Aurora East Educational Foundation has established a scholarship program to recognize and honor deserving East Aurora graduates who will be continuing their education after high school.

For the EA Class of 2020, 10 Scholarships will be awarded. Students may apply for these scholarships via the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley.

Three types of scholarships are available:
1) Education – for students pursuing studies w/in the field of Education
2) Excellence – for students graduating in the Top 10% of their class
3) Vocational – for students pursuing a career path in Vocational Studies

The AEEF would like to recognize and thank the following benefactors whose generosity makes these scholarships possible.

Aurora East Educational Foundation EDUCATION Scholarships:

Cruz Family Aurora East Educational Foundation Education Scholarship

Eva and Efigenia CruzThe Cruz Family moved to the East Side of Aurora in the 1950’s. They left their home in Puerto Rico and moved to the mainland United States in the hope of a brighter future for their five children.

The Cruz Family Education Scholarship has been established to honor the memory of Ms. Efigenia Cruz and her daughter Ms. Eva Cruz, who were both strong advocates of all Latinos in the Aurora area. Both women volunteered countless hours in their Church and neighborhood communities as they helped immigrant families adjust to and thrive in their new lives. The Cruz Family wishes this scholarship to honor all immigrant families who sacrifice to secure a better future for their children.

Frances and Thomas Strong Aurora East Educational Foundation Education Scholarship

Mr and Mrs StrongThe Frances and Thomas Strong Education Scholarship has been established to honor a couple who were lifetime East Side residents and community servants.Frances Heimsath Strong was a career educator who was born and raised on the East Side of Aurora. She was a math teacher at Mooseheart before and during World War II, and married her husband as he returned from the service in 1945. Mrs. Strong raised her family, was very active in her church and its choir and other organizations, and substituted for many years in all of the Dist. 131 schools, much of the time at Simmons Middle School. Thomas G. Strong was also born and raised on the East Side, and graduated from East High School in 1932.

He excelled in music in school, playing several brass instruments, and also played viola in string quartets in the area. He served in World War II from 1941-45, seeing action in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany. He landed at Normandy beach six days after D-Day, and rose to the rank of Captain in the US Army. Mr. Strong returned to Aurora, finished college, and came back to East High School to teach print shop for several years. He finished his career as a journeyman printer, and passed away in 1972.

Aurora East Educational Foundation EXCELLENCE Scholarships:

Merry Carey Aurora East Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship in honor of Genevieve Kennedy

Merry Carey Merry Carey is a 1968 graduate of East High School, and considers herself a “proud Tomcat.” In 1972, she graduated from Illinois State University in Music Education, and later earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University. She taught for 34 years in Dist. 129, and also directed many youth and adult choirs in the area. She has served on numerous community boards, and is in her sixth year as an Aurora East Educational Association director. Ms. Carey has dedicated this scholarship to Genevieve Kennedy, the long-time choir director at Simmons Middle School.

Ms. Carey believes that “her inspiring teaching and her belief in me sent me on a career path that has given me opportunities I never dreamed I could have way back in 1962.”

Fazio Family Aurora East Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship

fazio familyRealizing the importance of the arts and sciences to our society, Mr. and Mrs. Rich and Margie Fazio believe that education can be a great equalizer. They believe that students of all backgrounds can attain amazing personal and professional goals with internal determination and a dedication to learning. Mr. and Mrs. Fazio have established this scholarship in honor of students who have dedicated themselves to learning their craft and who wish to pursue a career in the arts or sciences.

 

 

 

Carol Thompson Aurora East Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship

Thompson, CarolIn gratitude to East High School and to Dist. 131, Carol Thompson has established an Excellence Scholarship. Ms. Thompson attended Bardwell Elementary School, the old East Junior High School, and entered East High School when it was located on Jackson St. She graduated in 1960 from the “new” East High as a member of the first class to attend that building for all three years.

As a high school student, she remembered her teachers guiding her into extra-curricular activities which helped her in college and in later years. She was on the debate team, attended speech contests, had roles in plays, and was Speculum yearbook editor as a senior. With the help of several scholarships, she attended Knox College in Galesburg, IL. Ms. Thompson taught English at a high school in Alabama during the challenging early years of integration. She became a social worker at the public welfare office, and eventually the director of the local county office. Later, she was a Chief Juvenile Court Officer and was able to serve troubled children. Ms. Thompson believes that the education she received in the East Aurora Schools has shaped her whole life. She further says that it’s the basis for whatever skills she earned over the years and also is the foundation of her moral and ethical life. As a result, she learned how to seek out more knowledge and risk experiences that have enriched her life.

Arlene and Richard Hawks Aurora East Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship

Hawks photo Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hawks have established the Arlene and Richard Hawks Aurora East Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship.
Arlene and Richard Hawks have been longtime residents of Aurora who believe in the bright future of their city and its children. The couple both serve on numerous philanthropic and public service boards with the mission to move them forward in successful ways.

Richard is retired from the Commodity and Brokerage trade and Arlene, after teaching and directing theatre in Dist. 131 for over 32 years, is presently Executive Director of SciTech Hands on Museum in Aurora where the Arts and Sciences are imagined, explored, and discovered.

 

Dr. Charalambos Menelaou Aurora East Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship

menelaouA native of Cyprus, Dr. Charalombos Menelaou was a physician dedicated to the care and well-being of his patients. His core principles centered upon family, faith, education, and service to all in need. Completing his secondary education and military service in Cyprus, Dr. Menelaou traveled to the United States to further his academic studies, receiving his chemistry degree from George Washington University and his medical degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Dr. Menelaou was an independent practitioner of obstetrics and gynecology with various hospital affiliations.

Fluent in Italian and French and self-taught in Spanish, Dr. Menelaou volunteered his services to the Latino community and anyone without health insurance. As a Greek Orthodox parishioner, Dr. Menelaou was very supportive of the people of Cyprus and faith-based ministries active in churches and monasteries across Cyprus and the United States. True to his calling, Dr. Menelaou practiced the art and science of medicine for all people under his care.

Aurora East Educational Foundation VOCATIONAL STUDIES Scholarships:

Dick’s Mini Donuts, LLC Aurora East Educational Foundation Vocational Scholarship

Schindel, Richard

Richard “Dick” Schindel is a 1966 graduate of East High School and is also a graduate of the University of Illinois. He spent his entire professional career, from 1970 until 2005, in education. He began teaching in Dist. 131 in 1973, and at East High School in 1979. He became head of the Business Education department in 1986, served as varsity head coach in football and softball, and also as a lower-level baseball coach.

Mr. Schindel has always been involved in community activities and organizations that give back to those in need. As the small business owner of Dick’s Mini Donuts, LLC, which he began in 1996, he has been able to help individual schools and organizations raise funds for needed projects. Mr. Schindel believes that this scholarship is another means to help fund projects that will benefit the greater good.

William R McCormack Aurora East Educational Foundation VOCATIONAL STUDIES Scholarships

McCormak The family of William McCormack, who passed away in 2018, has established the William R. McCormack Aurora East Educational Foundation Vocational Scholarship. Mr. McCormack was born in Kansas, joined the US Air Force at the age of 18, and was trained as an air traffic controller. He was transferred to the Aurora control center in 1965, and with his wife, Dorothy, built a house on the East Side. He was an active controller for 30 years, and an instructor for an additional 20 years. Mr. McCormack’s three children attended East Aurora schools, and were involved in several sports, activities, and music.

He became an active supporter at all of his children’s events, and thus his love for East Aurora ran deep. Mr. and Mrs. McCormack supported other athletic teams and the arts because of their devotion to East Aurora. After his children graduated, he continued to support the Tomcats by attending athletic events and musical productions. He also became an athletic official, and occasionally worked at East High girls’ matches and games. Mr. McCormack was proud to have been a Tomcat fan for over 60 years. He would have been honored to support East Aurora students in pursuing their futures.