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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Billings West Rotary Club Scholarship

The Billings West Rotary Club is one of three Rotary clubs in Billings, Montana. Chartered in February 1987, the club has contributed to the Billings community through college scholarships, annual Little League sponsorships, projects at ZooMontana, donations for drug...

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Bill Patek Leadership Award Endowed Scholarship

Bill Patek was an automotive instructor who served students and inspired colleagues at the MSU Billings College of Technology (now City College at MSU Billings) since 1970. Regarded as an outstanding teacher, Mr. Patek kept pace with technological developments in the...

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Bogunovich Family Education Endowed Scholarship

The Bogunovich family has always valued education as an important milestone to achieving success. Ella Bogunovich was a teacher for over fifty years having taught grade school in several schools in eastern Montana. Ella received her Master’s of Education (M.Ed) ...

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Brad James Black Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Brad James Black was born on July 4, 1977, in Billings. He grew up west of Billings, attended Arrowhead Elementary and Will James Junior High School, and graduated from Billings West High in 1996. Brad attended the University of Montana College of Technology and...

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Bradley Chase Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Empowered by two degrees from the Montana State University system, Brad Chase had no problem with being called a “computer geek.” He was especially proud of his work as a computer programmer with the Veterans Administration, much envied for pioneering universal...

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Brent Montague Merit Endowed Scholarship

Using life insurance funds left by Brent Montague’s younger brother, Marc, who died in 2000, Linda and Stephen Reeves fully funded the Brent Montague Merit Scholarship Endowment in February 2014 in memory of Marc and to honor their other son, Brent. Brent, a 1991...

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Briggs Distributing Co., Inc./John and Claudia Decker Endowed Scholarship

The Briggs Distributing Co., Inc./John and Claudia Decker Endowed Scholarship was established by Briggs Distribution Co., Inc. in 2001 as a result of the 2001 Wine Festival Lots of Scholarships. John Decker, president of Briggs Distributing Co., Inc., served on the...

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Bruce H. Carpenter Non-Traditional Endowed Scholarship

The Bruce H. Carpenter Non-Traditional Scholarship Endowment was established to honor Dr. Bruce H. Carpenter, president of Eastern Montana College (EMC) from 1982 to 1994. During his tenure at EMC, which transitioned to Montana State University Billings the summer...

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Bruce Meyers Memorial English Endowed Scholarship

Bruce Kemp Meyers was an actor, poet and English professor at Eastern Montana College (now MSU Billings) from 1967-1992, where he was devoted to his students. He was a teacher who instilled the love of English in his students. He also was a tireless champion of local...

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Brynn and Kara McDonald Endowed Scholarship

In support of MSU Billings and the students it serves, in recognition of the gifts of others, and in an effort to encourage others to generously support MSU Billings, Deborah V. McDonald established the Brynn and Kara McDonald Endowed Scholarship Fund in honor of her...

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Carbon County Recognition Scholarship

In a continuing effort to expand educational opportunities and partnerships in Carbon County, the Carbon County Recognition Scholarship was established at MSU Billings from the proceeds of the MSU Billings Red Lodge Golf Tournament. Scholarships are available to...

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Carbon-Stillwater Tavern Association Scholarship

The Montana Tavern Association (MTA), originally named the Montana Licensed Liquor Dealers Association, was incorporated October 14, 1937, by a statewide group of tavern owners. Membership that year was close to 300. The association was formed for the mutual...

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Carl and Barbara Ueland

Carl and Barbara Ueland are true philanthropists. Carl is also a 1970 alumnus of Eastern Montana College (now MSU Billings). They support organizations important to them. They give back because it is the right thing to do. If they do well financially, they invest in...

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Carolyn C. Westvelt Endowed Scholarship

Carolyn C. Westvelt was born and raised in the Lewistown, Montana, area. She graduated from Eastern Montana College Normal School (now MSU Billings) in 1937 with her teaching diploma and eventually earned her BA degree from Moorhead State College in Minnesota. This...

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Carrie Wagner Memorial Scholarship

Descendants of Germans-from-Russia who immigrated to North Dakota in the 1890’s, Carrie and G.G. Wagner headed to eastern Montana and settled in Circle in 1928. The Northern Pacific Railroad had built a branch line out from Glendive and the old “let’s get people to...

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Carter and Betsy Mollgaard College of Business Endowed Scholarship

Carter and Betsy Mollgaard, business owners and philanthropists, established the Carter and Betsy Mollgaard College of Business Endowed Scholarship at MSU Billings in December, 2015. Carter graduated from Eastern Montana College (now MSU Billings) in 1976 with a...

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Carter and Betsy Mollgaard Endowed Scholarship

Carter and Betsy Mollgaard, business owners and philanthropists, established the Carter and Betsy Mollgaard Endowed Scholarship at MSU Billings in 2012. Carter graduated from Eastern Montana College (now MSU Billings) in 1976 with a business degree. His wife, Betsy,...

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Catherine Jane Schwidde Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Catherine Jane Schwidde — “Katie” to family and friends — drowned in a catastrophic diving accident in 1976. From that tragedy began a philanthropic family legacy in memory of a loved one whose life was cut short. After Katie’s death, her parents, Jess and Kate...

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C. Bryn Nelson Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Bryn Nelson was a dedicated, motivated, professional educator who passionately engaged in the education of children, both in the regular and special education classrooms. She gained the motivation to be an educator in her family at an early age, and applied herself...

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Chancellor's Excellence Awards

The Chancellor’s Excellence Awards are MSU Billings’ most prestigious scholarship awards, recognizing academic achievement as well as leadership qualities. Chancellor’s Excellence Awards will be awarded to freshmen entering Montana State University Billings.

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Chapman Lane Men's Soccer Alumni Endowed Scholarship

The opportunity to travel around the country and play college soccer with friends is a once in a lifetime experience. All MSU Billings soccer players have benefitted from the perks of this experience. Some of those benefits came in the form of lifelong friends,...

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Charles Beardsley Endowed Art Scholarship

Charles Philip Beardsley entered Eastern Montana Normal School (now MSU Billings) in 1928. He was class president of his class and was the first male graduate of EMNS in 1929. Charles believed that providing scholarship funds for the study of art would allow students...

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Charles Beardsley Undergraduate Endowed Scholarships

Charles Philip Beardsley entered Eastern Montana Normal School (now MSU Billings) in 1928. He was elected class president and was the first male graduate of EMNS in 1929. Charles believed that providing scholarship funds for the study of art, music, and Native Indian...

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Charles L. Frank Memorial Endowed Scholarship

In 1946, Charles Frank came to Billings, Montana, as a teacher. He served as principal of the Orchard, Newman, and Central Heights Elementary Schools. In 1967 he became Assistant Superintendent of Billings elementary schools, where he worked until he retired in 1983....

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Chefs and Cooks of Montana

James V. DeVerniero was born in 1922 in New Haven, Connecticut, into a family of nine children. He grew up working in the family restaurant business and barber shop. After visiting Montana, Jimmy and his wife, Mickey, moved their family to Billings in 1959 and...

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Cheryl Jean Miller-Bodley Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Cheryl Miller-Bodley was described as having quiet wisdom and humor, and that her contagious laugh and brilliant smile could light up the darkest of rooms. Those closest to Cheryl knew her as a courageous and resilient woman, an individual who continued to face every...

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Chet and Milly Blaylock Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Chester “Chet” M. Blaylock was born in Joliet, Montana November 13, 1924. He graduated from Eastern Montana College (now MSU Billings) through the GI Bill in 1948. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, taught high school in several Montana towns, and ran...

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Christensen Family Reading Endowed Scholarship

Alan and Cheryl Christensen’s passion for reading is multi-generational. Alan’s parents were avid readers and, even though money was tight, all their children were members of their own book-of-the-month club. Both Alan and Cheryl are pleased to see their own...

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City College Opportunity Endowed Scholarship

The City College Opportunity Scholarship Endowment was established in February 2011 as a result of the Opportunity Campaign for MSU Billings Scholarships by an anonymous donor. The donors feel blessed to be in a position to share the results of their efforts and good...

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City College Scholarship

Student learning is the number one goal for the faculty and staff at the City College at MSU Billings. The training programs offered are continually upgraded to meet the changing dynamics of business and industry. Students at the City College at MSU Billings obtain...