One of the largest donations in their history was received by the Grays Harbor College Foundation, totaling almost $1,000,000.
The $981,564.22 donation has been earmarked for student scholarships, and comes from the estate of Kenneth Millen, an Aberdeen shoe salesman who died in December 2015 at the age of 85.
According to Grays Harbor College, Millen and his brother, Earl, were raised in Aberdeen, the sons of Earlam and Julia (Jacobson) Millen. Kenneth graduated from GHC in 1950 and worked primarily at Adamore’s Shoe Store on Wishkah Street. Earl went on to become a law professor at Northeast Louisiana State College and later at University of Las Vegas. He died in 1995.
“This incredible donation will make such a difference for so many students in the years to come,” said GHC Foundation President Tim Martin. “Countless students will be able to attend classes, earn their degrees and start their futures because of the Millens’ generosity.”
In the donation, GHC said that Millen “modestly specified” that the funds be used for “a scholarship in my name.”
“If only the Millen brothers could hear the excitement in the Foundation office,” added Jan Jorgenson, GHC Foundation executive director. “The entire Foundation Board is overwhelmed by this act of generosity and that of other donors who continue to keep the acute need for tuition support for students in their giving plans.”