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Gift to fund scholarships sweet news for Butler County Community College students

| Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Butler County Community College has received a $50,000 endowed scholarship, one of the largest gifts ever given to the school, from the Glenn and Rhea Logan Family Trust. Pictured are Glenn Logan, who died at age 86 in 2001, and Rhea Logan, who died in 1997. Glenn Logan and his two his brothers owned of the Logan Candy Co. in Butler.

Butler County Community College has received $50,000 for endowed, annual scholarships, one of the largest gifts ever given to the school.

“It is a very generous gift, one of the largest the college has ever received,” Michelle Jamieson, associate director of the BC3 Education Foundation, which administers scholarships, said of the Glenn R. and Rhea J. McCandless Logan Endowed Scholarship.

The funds are a gift from the Glenn and Rhea Logan Family Trust.

Glenn Logan, who died at 86 in 2001, owned the Logan Candy Co. in Butler with his brothers. Rhea Logan died in 1997.

Logan scholarships will be awarded to full-time students who are enrolled in occupational associate degree programs, including nursing, robotics, computer information systems, homeland security and emergency services.

Occupational programs prepare students for jobs after completion of a two-year associate degree.

“The Logan scholarship will recognize students who are completing a two-year degree and are ready to meet the needs of Butler County's businesses and industries. We are so excited that BC3 students will be the benefactors of the amazing generosity of the Logan Family Trust,” said Nick Neupauer, the school's president.

Scholarships will be based on grades, a student's academic major and the distance of a student's commute to the school, which adds to their education costs. Students will have to apply for the scholarship, which will be awarded for the first time for the 2014-15 school year.

The school expects to give about $4,500 each year to three or four students, Jamieson said.

“It offsets the cost of tuition. It eases the burden for students,” she said.

Annual tuition for a full-time student is $3,700.

The school's education fund has a $2.5 million endowment and each year awards about $200,000 in scholarships.

The Logan Trust has a principal of about $3 million, said Bob Heaton, a former business partner of Glenn Logan and administrator of the trust.

The fund this year has given $180,000 to organizations in and near Butler, including the Visiting Nurses Association, the Community Health Clinic, the Butler Public Library, the YMCA and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Logan lived nearly all of his life in Butler. He graduated from Butler High School in 1934 and served in the U.S. Army in the Africa Campaign and in Italy during World War II. Logan and his brothers ran the candy company, which they sold in about 1990. After that, Logan and Heaton worked together in land development.

“He was a very common guy. You never would have expected that he was as wealthy as he was,” Heaton said.

Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7944 or at rwills@tribweb.com.

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