This endowment was created upon receipt of a bequest from Katharyn Simons.
Miss Simons (1885-1969) lived her early years in Yorkville. Upon graduation from Beloit College, she taught at Morton High School in Cicero for thirty-six years.
After her retirement, she returned to Yorkville. Her maternal grandfather was an early settler of Kendall County and developed the famous “Minkler Apple.”
Simons bequeathed a large portion of her estate to the Foundation in honor of her family.
The Simons-Minkler Fund provides income for scholarships to graduates of East Aurora, West Aurora or Yorkville High School.
Created in 1970, the fund was established as an endowment in 1989.