Glasgow High School Educational Trust Announces
Kathleen “Kathy” Logan Block Memorial
As the only girl growing
up in a family of four boys, it is not hard to imagine that Kathleen “Kathy”
Logan would hold an extra-special place in her brothers’ hearts. Protective and nurturing amid the rough and
tumble of daily life, brothers Michael, Timothy, Patrick, and Dennis cherished
and admired their sister throughout her
lifetime. She was kind, intelligent, witty, and loyal. When she succumbed to
complications from ALS this March, they chose to honor her life, her values,
and her accomplishments with a gift to the Glasgow High School Educational
Trust in her name.
Kathleen “Kathy” Logan
Block attended elementary school and high school in Glasgow, Montana, graduating
with the Class of 1966. She initially attended
Montana State University-Billings (then Eastern Montana College) to pursue a
degree in education and later completed her studies at Carroll College.
With her husband Tom
Block, Kathy spent three years in the early ‘80s in Botswana, Africa, teaching
at an English-speaking school. It was
the beginning of her lifelong mission to bring an education and the hope it
offers to those unserved or underserved in places where many would not have the
fortitude to work or to reside. When
they returned to the United States, Kathy and Tom settled in Heart Butte,
Montana, where they taught on the Blackfeet Reservation for eight years.
She later earned her
master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Arizona University
and, subsequently, spent the rest of her career educating students on the Navajo
and White Mountain Apache reservations in Arizona. In addition to her classroom commitments, Kathy
was an indispensable and tireless force in the establishment and growth of
Navajo YES, a wellness and empowerment organization on the reservation. For Kathy, teaching was not her job; it was
As a breast cancer
survivor, Kathleen “Kathy” Logan Block was an equally determined advocate for
increasing breast cancer awareness, and, as an avid walker and hiker, she completed
several 30-mile walks for that purpose.
The mother of four and grandmother of four, her zeal for mountain biking
and backpacking in the canyons and mountains of northern Arizona amazed and
inspired her colleagues and many others.
The donation made to the
Glasgow High School Educational Trust by Kathy’s brothers and their wives,
Michael (Virginia), Timothy (Diana), Patrick (Maureen), and Dennis (Judith) will
further enable the trust to fulfill its mission, which is to provide financial
aid to Glasgow High School graduates who are pursuing higher education and to
purchase enrichment programs and equipment for GHS that benefit all students
but that cannot be financed within the school’s regular budget.
The Glasgow High School
Educational Trust was established in 1964 by the Glasgow High School Class of
1938. Gifts of cash, stock, and real
estate from supporters across the nation have grown the corpus of the trust to
over $7 million dollars. Interest earned
on its investments is awarded to eligible applicants through a semi-annual
process administered by the trustees.
Application deadlines are July 1st and October 15th of each
Glasgow High School
graduates who have completed one year of college or one semester of trade
school, are in good academic standing, attending full-time (12 semester credits
minimum), and showing steady progress toward completion of a degree or
certification are encouraged to apply. This includes students who are pursuing
their degrees through online or other correspondence courses. Financial need has always been a primary
consideration. 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 date, the trust has
made 2,343 awards to 722 different students totaling $2,184,500.00. Many of these students have received multiple
awards over their courses of study. The
trust has also made 119 awards to Glasgow High School providing enrichment
activities and advanced equipment to every department. The dollar value of these gifts totals $241,015.80.
Whenever the trust
receives donations that total $500 in the name of a particular individual, a
gift is given to a student or to Glasgow High School 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
opportunity. The trust is honored to add
Kathleen “Kathy” Logan Block’s name to its permanent list and will make the
first gift in her memory next fall.
“To teach is to touch a
life forever” is an adage that holds meaning across cultures and time. Kathleen “Kathy” Logan Block personified that
spirit, and her brothers’ generous gift in her memory to the Glasgow High
School Educational Trust will ensure that her spirit lives on in