Curt Kochner Endowed Scholarship for Student Leaders
For over 20 years, Curt Kochner served in a variety of roles in Student Affairs at MSU Billings ranging from the Student Union, Housing, Advising, and finally as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. In all of these roles, Curt played a significant role in supporting student leadership and development. He was a strong advocate for student organizations and continually promoted opportunities for students to becoming actively involved in leadership positions. He created an environment where student input, ideas, and engagement were encouraged in all aspects of the university. As a tribute to Curt, many student leaders who were influenced by his passion and went on to work in student affairs or higher education created a scholarship to honor Curt when he retired. The scholarship is dedicated to the work Curt did on behalf of student leaders and honors a student who exemplified the type of student leader for whom Curt advocated. The first scholarship was awarded in academic year 2009-2010.
“I’m so thankful and honored to be selected for the Curt Kochner Endowed Scholarship. I appreciate the opportunity that your scholarship has provided for me. My time at MSU Billings has opened my eyes to the many possible paths I can follow throughout my lifetime and I’m excited to start my path in Human Services. I have enjoyed my experiences in the classroom and on campus. Thank you so much, not only for the scholarship, but for being an outstanding role model . I have learned many new things, and I am excited to continue my education next year in Billings. I would again like to extend a thank you to you for your work and support.” — Lacey M., Human Services major