Aurora East Foundation awarded $11,345 grant for scholarships, teacher grants

The Aurora East Educational Foundation, a nonprofit that supports East Aurora Unit District 131, has received an $11,345 grant from the Aurora-based Kane County Teachers Credit Union.

Kane County Teachers Credit Union president Mike Lee made the presentation at East School District 131's March 7 board meeting.

Accepting for the foundation were treasurer Mike McCue and Bill Deligiannis, foundation adviser. The grant will fund scholarships for East Aurora students and mini grants to teachers.

The award reflects 2021 proceeds from the Tomcat Affinity Card program, a partnership with the Kane County Teachers Credit Union that includes credit and debit cards. The credit union returns a portion of Tomcat card transactions to the foundation annually. The Tomcat card is available at

Founded in 1993, Aurora East Educational Foundation's mission is to attract private donations of funds and services to enrich District 131 educational programs and provide opportunities unavailable through traditional revenue sources. Directors are local residents, including East Aurora High School alumni, who serve without compensation.

By 1996, the foundation met its first goal of establishing an endowment fund. Interest from the endowment funds District 131 educational programs.

Since its founding, the foundation has funded scores of programs that have touched the lives of thousands of District 131 students.

For more information about the foundation, call (630) 299-5554 or email

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