CALUMET — The Calumet High School Scholarship Program recently received a major contribution in the form of an endowment of over $2 million, thanks to the generosity of John “Jack” Hill and his wife, Ruth Hendra Hill, Superintendent Chris Davidson said in a statement Friday.
The John M. Hill and Ruth Hendra Hill Scholarship Fund was established on February 21, 2022, with proceeds from the sale of three rental properties that Jack bequeathed to the CLK Foundation. The proceeds provided a $2.2 million endowment that will provide money for four different scholarships. programs, the statement said.
John “Jack” Mr. Hill and his wife were members of the Calumet High School Class of 1929. Jack did not complete high school, but earned a GED. With strong math skills and his GED, Jack was accepted into trade school. After a tour of duty in Vietnam, he moved to California and began his career as a sheet metal worker. At the time of his retirement, he was a highly respected foreman of the trade. Jack passed away on January 5, 2019. He was predeceased by Ruth.
Committed all his life to the Keweenaw, his way of giving back to the community was through a scholarship fund to benefit the students of Calumet High School.
Four concurrent scholarships are helping fifth-year students with living expenses at Gogebic Community College’s Ironwood campus, the statement said; four dual-enrollment scholarships to help families whose tuition is not covered by CLK schools; two trade school or community college scholarships renewable for up to two years and three college/university scholarships renewable for up to four years.
“We are extremely grateful for Mr. Hill’s generosity,” said Calumet High School Principal Jennifer Peters. “I am so happy for our students. It’s exciting to think of the opportunities this amount of financial aid will provide for our graduates, in addition to what we already have.
By the fourth year of the John M. Hill and Ruth Hendra Hill Scholarship Fund, more than $108,000 will be available each year for Calumet High School graduates, doubling the current local scholarship amount. Hill scholarships will be available starting with this year’s class. 2022.
The Calumet High School Scholarship Program provides $135,000 in scholarship funds to CHS graduates each year.
“These scholarships were provided through generous donations from CHS alumni, community members and community organizations,” the statement said, “who want to give back by helping graduates with the cost of post-secondary education and training. These scholarships were given directly to Calumet, Laurium & Keweenaw Public Schools or the CLK Foundation, and are only available to graduate students of Calumet High School.
The CLK Foundation is run by a group of community volunteers allowing nearly all donations received to be directed to projects that directly benefit CLK students, according to the CLK Schools website. Since its inception, the foundation has donated funds to projects ranging from the publication of Mine Collar Mystery, a book written and illustrated by CLK fourth-grade students, to a Miller Diversion 165 TIG welder for use in welding, the metal workshop and the power supply. mechanics course, to a LabQuest water quality starter kit for use by students at Horizons School in a cooperative project with Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. Currently, the foundation is also working on building up an endowment to ensure the sustainability of its work.
The CLK Foundation website states that the mission of the CLK Foundation “believes that every student at CLK deserves the opportunity to receive the most comprehensive education possible. We fulfill this belief by providing additional financial support to CLK schools and staff for the development and implementation of projects and ideas that promote and significantly enhance the educational experience of CLK students. We wish to secure this effort in the future through the continued, long-term financial support of alumni and those who care.