Jefferson High School Receives Donation
Jefferson High School has received a donation in the amount of $1,200,000 to be used for student scholarships. The donation was made by the late Denny Laxton of Edmonds, Washington.
Mr. Laxton was a 1959 graduate of Jefferson High School where he was involved in class government and was a member of the tennis team. He later attended Purdue University and was a member of the U.S. Army, serving in Turkey. Mr. Laxton was a highly successful entrepreneur and land developer on the Kenai Peninsula. One of his developments was named in honor of his maternal grandfather, Valentine F. Cohee. In addition, he was involved in commercial fishing and was a keen stock investor, a legacy of his mother. Mr. Laxton passed away in April, 2014 from cancer.
“Mr. Laxton explained to me before his death that his experience at Jefferson High School was one of his greatest experiences and it established the foundation for his success and happiness later in life. He wanted to make sure that current and future students at Jefferson High School were given the same opportunities that he was given as a child. As a result, he wanted to invest his money in the future of this country, our youth, and to give back to the school that had such a large impact on his life, Jefferson High School.”—Mark Preston, Principal JHS.
The following criteria will be used when selecting the annual recipient of the “Laxton Family Scholarship” until the money is no longer available. The following criterion was established by Mr. Laxton, prior to his death:
1. Funds are restricted for distribution to JHS students. Scholarships may include “in state” tuition, books and a computer. One or two new scholarships’ may be awarded each year. Scholarships are four year scholarships.
2. Selection of students for awarding scholarships are to be made by the JHS principal and an impartial committee of his/her choosing.
3. Financial need, community service and school involvement should be given substantial weight in consideration of eligibility.
4. Students selected must hold a GPA of at least 3.0 in his/her junior and senior high school years.
5. Colleges selected must be “in state.”
6. Students must select majors in one of the STEM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
“Jefferson High School has been very fortunate over the years to receive donations from its alumni. In fact, I cannot think of a public secondary institution that has had more monetary support from its alumni than Jefferson High School. The common theme is always related to their unique experience at Jeff, the opportunities they were provided and how those things prepared them for success in life. It’s really a unique situation and one that reaffirms what a special place Jefferson High School truly is.” –Mark Preston, Principal JHS
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