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Mount Baker Senior High School

At a time when university costs loom larger than ever, Mount Baker Senior High School is ahead of the game. Boosted by a January donation of $1 million from alum David Morgan, the Mount Baker Scholarship Foundation now has an endowment of $2.8 million—a remarkable amount for a school that usually graduates fewer than 200 students a year.

Last year, the foundation awarded 75 scholarships totaling $110,000 to 34 graduating seniors. Any student accepted to an institution of higher education can expect to receive at least one scholarship, says board member Cathy Harris. She says the number of scholarship applicants has ranged from 34 to 57 in recent years. Operated by a volunteer group of community members since 1994, the foundation accepts donations from individuals, families, and organizations and has included generations of Mount Baker graduates, teachers, and district staff.

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"Last year, the foundation awarded 75 scholarships totaling $110,000 to 34 graduating seniors."