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New Scholarship Program Honors Legacy of Paul Blake

Posted Date: 05/23/2024

The Canyon Independent School District (CISD) is proud to announce the creation of the Paul Blake Legacy Foundation, a scholarship program dedicated to supporting students pursuing careers in the trades. This foundation was established by the family of Paul Blake, a beloved member of the Canyon community who made significant contributions both professionally and as a dedicated volunteer.

Paul Blake graduated from Canyon High School in 1970, where he gained valuable trade skills that fueled his successful 45-year career in roofing and construction. Beyond his professional achievements, Paul was known for his selfless service to the community. He volunteered in numerous capacities, including coaching Canyon Little League Baseball, serving on the Board of Directors at Faith City Mission, and hosting Bible studies in his home and office.

Paul's passion for helping others led him to focus his efforts on supporting CISD. He served on the CISD Board of Trustees from May 2022 until his unexpected passing in July 2023. During his tenure, he contributed to the Education Foundation of CISD and the Construction Committee.

In honor of Paul's legacy, the Paul Blake Legacy Foundation was founded to provide scholarships to CISD students who aspire to enter the trades. This 501(c)(3) organization aims to assist students with hands-on training, books, equipment, and tools necessary for their careers. The foundation's board, composed of local community leaders including a plumber, an electrician, a mechanic, a banker, a CPA, CISD parents, and local businesspeople, will select scholarship recipients annually.

Thanks to the generous donations from the community, the Paul Blake Legacy Foundation awarded five scholarships this month to students from all four CISD high schools. These students exemplify the qualities and ambitions that Paul Blake cherished. The foundation hopes to be a lasting resource for CISD graduates, fostering a skilled and innovative workforce for years to come.

This year, the scholarships were awarded to the following students:

  • Canyon High School: Lexie Butler

  • Randall High School: Ava Wolner

  • West Plains High School: Luke Blackwell and Kaiden Lancour

  • Midway High School: A young person pursuing a career in the trades

Anyone wanting to donate to the Paul Blake Legacy Foundation can contact Patti Adams at First United Bank Canyon. For more information about the Paul Blake Legacy Foundation and how to contribute, please contact Christy Blake at 806-672-0731.