This fund was created at the time of Mary Hogan Bencini’s passing.
Mary Bencini (1949-2012) also named the Community Foundation to receive a gift from her estate to provide scholarships to graduates of Geneva High School who are pursuing a degree in the field of education.
Mary Hogan Bencini was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.
She then became a resident of Geneva, Illinois where she taught second grade at Western Avenue Elementary School for thirty-four years
As a teacher, she thought it was essential to not only challenge her students, but also to provide them with the opportunities and resources to learn
In June 2006, she retired from teaching. She continued her volunteer activities which were recognized by the community in 2004 when she received the Geneva Chamber of Commerce Wood Community Service Award.
Mary Bencini was a beloved teacher and community leader whose legacy will continue through the annual awarding of scholarships in her name.