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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Coffee shop tips fuel scholarships

It was in 1987 when some of the volunteers at Meriter Hospital got the idea of using the tips collected in the coffee shop to fund scholarships for area high school students.

In those early years, the tips generated maybe $5,000 in scholarship money.

It's gotten better over the years.

This year, some $21,600 in scholarship money is going to 16 area high school students who are planning on studies in fields related to health care. That's $1,350 per student.

"It's just great," said Don Haugen, a longtime Madison principal who retired in 1987 and who has been working with the scholarship program for the last 15 years or so.

"With all you see on the front pages, you think the world is going to hell in a handbasket," he said. "Then you review all these scholarships and see what great kids there are."



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