Philanthropist establishes trust for L'Anse graduates
L'ANSE, MI— A L’Anse native has established a $1 million charitable trust that will fund scholarships for L’Anse graduates.
Dr. Franklin St. John says he grew up poor and worked hard to overcome his difficult start. St. John went to Michigan Tech and worked as a metallurgist, then founded a company that manufactures botanical extracts, herbal formulas, and tea.
In 1999, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from MTU.
St. John says he hopes to help others from the L’Anse area have the same opportunities.
The scholarships will be funded upon his and his wife’s deaths.