The Lower Columbia College Foundation named the estate of former Castle Rock teacher and fire chief Donald Lansing the Benefactor of the Year for 2021-2022.
“Donald Lansing was an ordinary man who did an extraordinary thing,” said Jenny Isaacson, LCC Foundation Board Chair, in a statement from the college.
Benefactor of the Year honorees have a history of providing financial support to the foundation or significant volunteer support.
Lansing taught math and science in the Castle Rock School District for 33 years. He did not have children of his own and wanted to pass on the gift of an education to the citizens of Castle Rock, according to an LCC press release.
Lansing left 75% of his estate to the foundation to establish scholarships for Castle Rock High School graduates attending LCC. Priority consideration will go to students planning to transfer to Washington State University.
The $802,800 scholarship fund is the largest single scholarship endowment held by the LCC Foundation and will provide nearly $20,000 in scholarships each year, according to the college.