CLK Schools launches new scholarships with $2.2 million endowment

Calumet High School’s college scholarship program has received a major boost.

The John M. Hill and Ruth Hendra Hill Scholarship Fund was established with an endowment of $2.2 million.

Mr. and Mrs. Hill were both members of the Calumet High School Class of 1929, although John, commonly referred to as “Jack”, did not graduate. He then received his GED. He spent his life as a sheet metal worker and foreman in California, and also invested in rental properties. And neither he nor Ruth have lost their love for copper country.

Jack died in January 2019, Ruth having passed away earlier. Their estate left three rental properties to the CLK School District for sale and the money used for scholarships.

School officials say proceeds from the endowment will be used to fund 15 scholarships for Early College and dual-enrollment students, for graduates attending community colleges or trade schools, and for alumni attending four-year colleges. The first prizes will be awarded this spring.

Overall, Calumet High School provides $135,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors each year, from various funds established by alumni, community members, and local organizations.

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