A $4 million offer is nothing to sneeze at — even if it comes during the year of the novel coronavirus.
Ketchikan High School graduating seniors collectively received that sum in scholarship offers for the upcoming school year, whatever that year will look like — virtual or not.
The annual high school scholarship assembly was virtual because of COVID-19 and the recommended responses. The assembly amounted to pre-recorded announcements.
The highest award reached $274,000. Several awards involved free classes through the University of Alaska. Many other awards were in the hundreds of dollars and even tallied several thousand.
Ketchikan's graduates, whether planning to study at college, attend vocational school, enlist in the armed forces or immediately join the workforce, always excel at collecting scholarships.
This is a tribute not only to them, but to parents, teachers and the school district.
Ketchikan invests in education. Those investments pay off this time of year for graduates. And they will continue to benefit throughout their lives, as will the communities in which they make their homes and practice their professions and trades.
Ketchikan's graduating class achieved during challenging circumstances at the close of their senior year. But all of the work leading up to that time prepared them well and rewarded them well, too.