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The Montana Community Foundation Awards More than $800,000 in Scholarships to Montana Students

July 19, 2022

The Montana Community Foundation (MCF) is pleased to announce they have awarded $833,192 in scholarships to more than 200 Montana students attending college or technical school this fall.

Each year, MCF awards scholarships ranging from $500 to $40,000 to deserving students across Montana. While qualifications for each scholarship vary, each student goes through a competitive application process to be considered. Some scholarships are renewable, meaning students may receive funding for multiple years.

This is nearly double the amount MCF normally awards annually. The increase is largely due to significant increases in contributions. One example is the Dearborn Ranch Scholarship Fund. Donors to this fund doubled the number of Montana students who are eligible to receive a scholarship from the fund, and increased the annual scholarship amount each student will receive from $5,000 to $10,000 per year. The maximum cumulative amount awarded to any one student will be $40,000.

Established in 2002 by The Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation, the Dearborn Ranch Scholarship Fund provides annual scholarships to students who plan to attend a Montana school of higher education and are children of active Montana Highway Patrol uniformed officers and Montana State Game Wardens.

“As the cost of everything continues to go up, we are thrilled to not only offer but also increase the financial support we can offer to Montana students through these scholarships,” says Mary Rutherford, President & CEO. “Thanks to the generosity of so many, we are able to make this worthwhile investment in our students and our state’s future.”

MCF receives hundreds of requests for scholarships each year but is unable to fulfill every request, leaving some students without the support they need to attend college or technical school. The Montana Scholars Fund was created to help bridge the gap to provide more scholarship funding to deserving Montana students in pursuit of educational opportunities. To contribute to this fund or to learn more about MCF scholarships, visit or call (406) 443-8313.

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