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New Wyatt donation boosts Forest Grove High scholarship fund to $2.5 million

Forest Grove School District officials announced Friday that the estate of Harold Wyatt, the Flavorland Foods founder who established a scholarship fund in 2008 with an original $1 million donation, has contributed another $1.5 million.

The additional money in the Harold Alfred Wyatt Scholarship Fund — which provides scholarships to help first generation college-bound students continue their education after graduation from Forest Grove High School — will enable the school to triple the number of scholarships offered every year, according to FGHS Principal Karen Robinson and Assistant Superintendent John O'Neill.

"I just really appreciate the value that Mr. Wyatt placed on public education and the opportunities he is affording our students for years to come,” O'Neill told the News-Times. "It will change the economic trajectory for many of our first generation college-going students."

Last year 11 scholarships were awarded, ranging from $6,000 for those attending four-year colleges to $3,000 for those attending two-year schools.

Wyatt passed away in March 2014 at the age of 101.

O'Neill was principal of Forest Grove High in 2008 when Wyatt pledged $1 million to the fund. At the time Wyatt, who was 95 and living at the Jennings McCall Center in Forest Grove, told district leaders he intended to donate another $1 million upon his death.

At the time, Wyatt explained to the News-Times that many of his employees did not have a college education and struggled to finance their own children’s academic pursuits. By establishing the scholarship, he said, he hoped to help such families take that first step toward a college degree.

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