This fund was established upon receipt of a bequest from the estate of Herman A. Dickes.
Mr. Dickes (1905-2000) was born in Aurora and graduated from East Aurora High School.
Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by the Burlington Railroad.
His wife May Dickes (1907-1989) was born in Chicago. She was an enthusiastic volunteer for numerous community projects and served as the first chairperson of the Mercy Ball.
Mr. and Mrs. Dickes were involved in many youth activities and charitable organizations in Aurora.
Holy Angels Catholic Church, Mercy Center, Knights of Columbus, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the Elks Club were a few of the many special places which felt their love.
In keeping with their belief in the importance and accessibility of education for all youth, the couple established an endowed scholarship for students with financial need who are graduating from a high school located within the City of Aurora or from Marmion Academy.