Glasgow High School Educational Trust
Receives Baker Memorials
To all of
those fortunate enough to call him family or friend, the late Donald J. Bakerís
generous spirit was well known. Now,
thanks to his extraordinary bequests to numerous Montana foundations, that
spirit will become a living legacy in perpetuity. One of those foundations, the Glasgow High
School Educational Trust, is honored and humbled to announce the receipt of
$732,791.70 ($34,886.27 to be added to an existing endowment within the trust
in the names of L.J. and Jean Baker, his parents, and $697,905.44 in memory of
Donald J. Baker).
investment in the education of others obviously reflects his deep respect for
its value. A 1960 graduate of Glasgow High
School who went on to earn a masterís degree in architecture from Montana State
University and to build a successful career in St. Paul, Minnesota, he knew
what opportunities higher education offered to those who were willing to work
hard and play by the rules, values that were instilled in him in his home and
community. Though he traveled the world
and made lifelong friends wherever he went, he clearly never left his Montana
roots behind and chose to strengthen them for generations to come.
As with all
donations to the trust, Bakerís gifts will be invested and the interest earned
used to fund scholarships for Glasgow High School alumni pursuing higher
education at college, trade school, or through an accredited online program.
Since its inception in 1964, the trust has awarded a total of $1,842,000.00 to
696 different students enrolled in very diverse programs across the
nation. Many of these students have
received multiple gifts over their courses of study, which brings the total
number of gifts awarded to students to 2,194.
High School Educational Trust awards are not traditional scholarships offered
only to those earning very high grades.
Applicants must be GHS graduates who have completed one year of college
or one semester of trade school, be in good academic standing, attending
full-time (12 semester credits minimum), and showing steady progress toward
completion of a degree or certification.
A primary consideration has always been financial need. Distribution is made through a semi-annual
application process administered by the trustees. Application deadlines are July 1st
and October 15th of each year. The application, which lists additional
requirements that must be met, is available at www.ghsedutrust.org. It must be completed properly,
thoroughly, and submitted on time to be considered.
to student gifts, the Glasgow High School Educational Trust also uses the
interest earned on its corpus, now over $5 million dollars, to purchase
equipment and programs for Glasgow High School that cannot be financed within
the schoolís regular budget. Over the
years, every department has received such gifts, benefitting all students and
the public at large when it attends events at the school or uses its
facilities. Some examples include
upgrades to the sound and lighting systems in the auditorium, 3-D printers for
the STEM programs, coding software for the business department, and a major
gift toward the purchase of new kilts for the Glasgow High School Scotty
Band. The gifts total 111 in number
with a dollar value of $223,179.42.
trust receives donations that total $500 in the name of a particular
individual, a gift is given to a student or GHS in the name of that
person. Gifts of $10,000 or more in the
name of a particular individual allow for a permanent annual naming
Baker was a man in charge of his own life--seeking adventure, developing and
sustaining meaningful relationships until the end. Through his thoughtful and generous planning,
he has made it possible for many others to pursue similar paths. The Glasgow High School Educational Trust is
deeply grateful for his commitment to and support of its mission and will
strive to be true to his spirit.