Our Donors

MSU Billings is thankful for the continuing support and generosity of our loyal alumni, friends, and community partners. More than 85% of MSU Billings students receive some type of financial assistance. Scholarship support allows MSU Billings to make sure deserving scholars have the opportunity to reach their full potential, regardless of economic circumstances. We invite you to meet some of our valued donors and let their stories inspire you.

If you want to change lives in an extraordinary way, make a gift to the MSU Billings Foundation.

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AAUW Billings

Trustees of the Billings Branch AAUW Scholarship Endowment Trust Fund established the AAUW Billings Scholarship Endowment at Montana State University Billings on April 6, 2017. This endowed scholarship promotes AAUW’s mission to advance equity for women through...

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Abby Farmer Wright Endowed Scholarship

Abby Farmer Wright played women’s soccer for MSU Billings from 1997-2001. She was the starting forward on the Yellowjacket squad and team captain in 1998, 1999, and 2001. Abby was named to the inaugural MSU Billings Women’s Soccer All-Decade Team (1996-2005) and was...

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Abrahamson Family Endowed Scholarship

The Abrahamson Family Endowed Scholarship was established by Erna Abrahamson in memory of her husband, John. John attended Eastern Montana Normal School (now MSU Billings), earning his degree in 1931. He was a very good student, worked while attending college, and...

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Absaroka Porsche Club Scholarship

The Absaroka Porsche Club is comprised of over 50 car enthusiasts from Billings, Bozeman, Eastern Montana and Northern Wyoming. They meet on a regular basis for tours, rallies, auto-crosses, Driver’s Education track days, and great social events. In 2005, the club...

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Academic Support Center Demonstrated Potential Scholarship

The Academic Support Center’s (ASC) purpose is to engage and empower individuals to become confident, capable, independent learners while providing academic instruction and support in a safe and encouraging environment. The ASC has seen students make progress one...

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Ada Larson Shaughnessy Endowed Scholarship

Ada Larson Shaughnessy attended MSU Billings from approximately 1956-1961 as a part-time student. She already had her RN degree but needed additional credits in order to have an RN/BS degree. She was married with two children and by the time she graduated her...

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Adella S. Hummel Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Adella S. Hummel was Dean of Girls at Billings Senior High School for several years. She battled with cancer and passed away October 30, 1980. In her memory, family and friends established the Adella S. Hummel Memorial Endowed Scholarship to provide financial...

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Advising and Career Services Intern Advocate Award

In 2008, the MSU Billings Career Services Employer Partnership Program was established. Each year, Platinum and Gold Partners contribute to the Advising & Career Services scholarship fund. This scholarship is awarded to students who fit two major requirements: Have...

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Agricultural Background Scholarship

Growing up on a ranch south of Billings, Montana, Dawn Kern has always maintained an appreciation for the farmers, ranchers and members of small communities that make up the backbone of America. As a youngster and on the collegiate level, she was involved in 4-H,...

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Alice J. Ripley Endowed Scholarship

Alice J. Ripley was an alumna of Eastern Montana Normal School and Eastern Montana College (now MSU Billings), receiving her teaching certificate in 1935, her bachelor’s degree in 1966, and a master’s degree in 1972. Alice taught the sixth grade during her 35-year...

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Alpha Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship

Alpha Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa is an International Honorary Sorority for Women Educators. In 1987-1988, the local Billings, Montana, chapter began sponsoring scholarships for students attending Eastern Montana College (now MSU Billings). As educators, they...

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Anderson ZurMuehlen and Co. PC Scholarship

Anderson ZurMuehlen and Co., PC is one of the most respected, full-service accounting and business consulting firms in Montana. The firm is known for its vast experience and high-quality service in audit and accounting, tax litigation support, human resources, and...

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Anner-Hughes Opportunity Endowed Scholarship

Bobby Anner-Hughes grew up in North Dakota and was the first college graduate in her family. She received a degree from Eastern Montana College (now MSU Billings) in 1980. She credits her parents’ sacrifices as the main reason she had the opportunity to receive a...

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Annetta Nielsen/Grace Leuthold -- PEO Chapter E Endowed Scholarship

Annetta Nielsen passed away June 20, 1999, at age 93. She was an active member of Chapter E PEO and had served as president. Annetta left a bequest to Chapter E PEO which, in turn, established a scholarship endowment in her name for female students attending MSU...

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Anthony D. Miller, CFP Scholarship

For more than 20 years, Anthony Miller has worked in the financial services industry. Today, he owns Retirement Solutions with four associates and three staff. Together, they manage more than $150 million in investments and more than $300 million in life insurance...

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Art Department Scholarship

The purpose of the scholarship endowment is to provide financial assistance to art majors at MSU Billings. The Art Endowed Scholarship is available to an Art major, must be a currently enrolled full-time student, 2.75 GPA or above.

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Art Endowed Scholarship

The Art Endowed Scholarship was established in 1985 by Alan Newberg, an emeritus art faculty member. In 1991, Donna Loos, a local artist, contributed to the fund. The purpose of the scholarship endowment is to provide financial assistance to art majors at MSU...

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ASMSU Billings Future Leaders Endowed Scholarship - City College

The ASMSUB Future Leaders Scholarship Endowment was initiated by the Associated Students of MSU Billings Executive Cabinet. The scholarship was organized for several purposes. The first is an opportunity for the students to give back to other students, a project...

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ASMSU Billings Future Leaders Endowed Scholarship - Main Campus

The ASMSUB Future Leaders Scholarship Endowment was initiated by the Associated Students of MSU Billings Executive Cabinet. The scholarship was organized for several purposes. The first is an opportunity for the students to give back to other students, a project...

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Audrey June Cole Endowed Scholarship

Audrey June Cole was born January 8, 1927. Her childhood was not easy. She spent her teenage years with a foster family separated from her sisters. Despite lack of resources, she graduated in 1948 from St. Barnabus School of Nursing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After...

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Badovinac Family Scholarships

The Badovinac Family Scholarship was established to honor the memory of John Badovinac (1910-2001). John’s parents emigrated from Yugoslavia and settled in rural Montana. He briefly attended Roundup High School, worked in the area mines, and later sought vocational...

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Bair Family Trusts

The Charles M. Bair Family Trust was established to commemorate the legacy of one of Montana’s greatest and most influential families. The Bair family’s dedication to philanthropic work in Montana is carried on, in accordance with the wishes of the last surviving...

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Bart Bauer Endowed Scholarship for Men's Basketball

Bart Bauer was a gifted Yellowjacket basketball player, a member of the MSU Billings Athletics Hall of Fame, and one of the top-ten all time scorers (even without the availability of three-pointers when Bart played). Bart exemplified achievement, grace under...

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Ben and Shirley Steele Endowed Scholarship

Artist and educator Ben Steele was born in Roundup, Montana, and grew up on a ranch in the Bull Mountains. He graduated from Billings Senior High School after dropping out for three years to work on ranches and help support the family. Ben enlisted in the Army Air...

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Benedict and Frances Surwill Memorial Teaching Award for the Outstanding MSU Billings Female Graduating Elementary Education Major

The Benedict & Frances Surwill Memorial Teaching Award for the Outstanding MSU Billings Female Graduating Elementary Education Major was established in memory of Dr. Benedict J. Surwill Jr. and Mrs. Frances M. Surwill. Dr. Surwill was the Dean of the School of...

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Berg Family Endowed Scholarship

Perry M. Berg grew up in South Dakota, graduating high school in 1940. He attended the Universities of South Dakota and Tennessee, graduating from the University of Tennessee, College of Medicine, in June 1946. Dr. Berg served a one year internship in Gorgas...

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Betty Dunn Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Betty Mae Corbett Dunn was born in 1934 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She grew up and attended schools in Cheyenne. In 1973 Betty moved to Billings, Montana, where she was secretary to the vice president for student affairs at Eastern Montana College (now MSU Billings) and a...

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Bieber Endowed Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

Dr. Jeanette J. Bieber, Emeritus Professor of Information Resource Management at MSU Billings, established the Bieber Endowment for Students with Disabilities in 1996 in memory of her parents, John and Lenora Bieber. John and Lenora, who farmed in South Dakota and...

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Billings Chapter of CPAs Scholarship

The Billings Chapter of CPAs is an organization of accounting professionals who are dedicated to offering accounting services to the general public. In 1983, the Billings Chapter of CPAs decided to annually fund a scholarship for MSU Billings upper level accounting...

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Billings Motorcycle Club Academic Scholarship

The Billings Motorcycle Club has been an AMA Charter Member since 1914. It is a family oriented club involved in hill climbing and motor cross racing events and club fellowship. The BMC owns 1100+ acres of land in the South Hills near Billings, Montana. The...