Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins was killed in Iraq in June 2007 when he tackled a suicide bomber and saved the lives of three other soldiers. The Army posthumously honored him with the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest medal for heroism, outranked only by the Medal of Honor. He was serving his second tour in Iraq when he was killed. He was part of the invasion of Iraq in 2003. A graduate of Bozeman High School, after attending the University of Montana, he re-enlisted in the Army and was sent to Iraq in the summer of 2006. Atkins had already survived two roadside bombs before his death and received more than a dozen medals and awards during his military career.
2017 TRAVIS ATKINS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT: