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Overview and Purpose

The Bozeman Schools Foundation offers multiple named scholarships for students graduating from the Bozeman School District. Scholarship applications and nominations are accepted each spring.

2018 Named Scholarship Recipients >

Establishing Scholarships

Individuals and groups wishing to create and award scholarships through the Bozeman Schools Foundation may establish an Endowed Scholarship Fund or an Annual Scholarship. Scholarships can also be created in honor of, or in memory of, a person or family. The BSF Board will work closely with scholarship creators and donors to accurately fulfill their wishes.

The Bozeman Schools Foundation policy is to accept funds in any amount for scholarship purposes, as long as no restrictions are placed on the gift that conflict with the existing policies of the Foundation. The lifespan of the scholarship will be determined by the amount of the initial gift, subsequent donations, interest, and by the frequency and the amount of the award.

The Foundation works with high school guidance counselors to promote the scholarship opportunities, and a BSF committee of community volunteers meets to evaluate and select recipients of the scholarship funds.

2019 General Timeline

March 8: Application period begins.
April 19: Application period ends.
May 9-10: Recipients notified.
May 21 at 8:00 A.M.: Scholarship Breakfast at the BHS DeWeese Art Gallery

Application Named Scholarships

This scholarship has been established in the memory of Kay Brown, who was a physical education teacher in Bozeman for more than 31 years. Kay had a passion for bowling and youth, and was an avid volunteer for 25 years. Kay was committed to guiding young students to make healthy, responsible choices. It is the family’s desire that this scholarship go to a current high school student who will be pursuing a college degree in health or physical education as an educator, trainer or coach. The Kay Brown Memorial Scholarship amount is $750.

Criteria

  • Student must be a graduating senior from Bozeman High School in the spring
  • Student must be attending a college or university with the intention of receiving a degree in the health industry as an educator, trainer or coach
  • Students pursuing a degree in pre-med, nursing, science or engineering are not eligible
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required; this will be verified with the Guidance Office
  • Scholarship recipient must write a quality thank you note to the Brown family
  • Online application will open in March and close in April 2019
  • Letters of recommendation must be received in April 2019

This scholarship has been established by the family of Vernon G. Walters, a graduate of Bozeman High School in the top of his class in 1939. Vernon enjoyed academics and art, and was involved in the student newspaper as a writer and cartoonist. Vernon’s family hopes to perpetuate the values they associate with their father: creative, hard-working, mentally tough and devoted to family. Vernon was proud of his Montana roots and his family. The scholarship is for $2,000.

Criteria

  • Student must be a graduating senior from the Bozeman School District in the spring
  • Student must be attending a college or university in Montana
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required; this will be verified with the Guidance Office
  • Scholarship recipient must write a quality thank you note to the Walters family
  • Online application will open in March and close in April 2019
  • Letters of recommendation must be received in April 2019

This scholarship was established by Patrick R. Donehoo, who was an alum of Bozeman High School and an involved community member. The funds are intended to be used by a current high school senior (one male and one female), who would like to pursue higher education in any field of study. The educational institution may include trade or career programs as well as community college, college or university. This scholarship is intended for a student who may not receive other scholarships and is hard-working and career-minded. The scholarship amount is $4,000 each for one female and one male recipient.

Criteria

  • Student must be a graduating senior from the Bozeman School District in the spring
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required; this will be verified with the Guidance Office
  • Scholarship recipient must write a quality thank you note to Mr. Donehoo’s family members
  • Students must not receive other full-tuition scholarships
  • Online application must be completed in April 2019
  • Letters of recommendation must be received in April 2019

This scholarship has been established by the Rotary Interact Club at Bozeman High School. It has been a long-term goal of the club to put some of their funds into a scholarship through the Bozeman Schools Foundation. The goal of the scholarship is to award graduating seniors who have experienced some sort of challenge during their lifetime and are now heading toward a higher education. This scholarship amount is $1,000.

Criteria

  • Students who have been nominated and notified can pick up an application at the Bozeman High School
  • The applicant is a graduating student at either Bozeman High School or Bridger Alternative School
  • The applicant has overcome some sort of challenge during their lifetime
  • The applicant is continuing their education after graduation
  • These criteria will be determined on a case-by-case basis by a selection committee and brief application
  • Online applications need to be completed and turned in by April 2019
  • Letters of recommendation need to be received by April 2019

Joe Knarr was a game warden with the Montana Fish and Wildlife Parks in Bozeman. A native Californian, Joe grew up hunting and fishing with his father. He was a game warden in California before moving to Montana in 1995. Joe was not only an outdoorsman, but also a conservationist. He worked to protect the land for the future generations of Montanans. It is the hope that the scholarship will help students continue to carry on Joe’s legacy of conservation and his passion for the outdoors. The Joe Knarr Scholarship is for $1,000.

Criteria

  • Student must be a graduating senior at Bozeman High School
  • Student’s field of intended study should include: forestry, wildlife management, wildlife, wildlife biology, fisheries, natural resources for law enforcement, natural resources conservation, conservation or environmental studies/science
  • Student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Online applications need to be completed and turned in by April 2019
  • Student must have one letter of recommendation from an educator

Bechtle Architects offers this scholarship to a student leader with technical problem-solving and artistic skills. The successful recipient must demonstrate community involvement and plan to attend college and study architecture or engineering. This is a $1,500 scholarship for a student looking to go into the field of architecture or engineering, and shows leadership qualities and community involvement.

Criteria

  • Student must be a graduating senior from Bozeman High School in the spring
  • Student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Online applications need to be completed and turned in by April 2019

Bechtle Architects offers this scholarship to a student leader with technical problem-solving skills. The successful recipient must demonstrate community involvement and plan to study the building trades at a trade school. This is a $1,000 scholarship for a student looking to attend a trade school for any of the building trades, and shows leadership qualities and community involvement.

Criteria:

  • Students do not apply for this scholarship but are selected by teachers and staff of Bozeman High School
  • Student must be a graduating senior from Bozeman High School in the spring
  • Student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Online applications need to be completed and turned in by April 2019

Jesse Hoff was a Bozeman High School student who had a passion for arts, gaming, and coding, but who struggled with a myriad of health problems, which caused a premature death at the age of 22.

This $2,000 scholarship honors Jesse Hoff and is designed for students who are living with or who have overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges, such as health problems, economic insecurities, and learning disabilities. Jesse’s family believes students like Jesse deserve a chance to realize their dreams.

Criteria:

  • Student must explain the challenges he/she faced during high school and how he/she dealt with or overcame these roadblocks
  • Student must provide information on plans after high school
  • Student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Online applications need to be completed and turned in by April 2019

Non-Application Named Scholarships

Leif Babcock died December 10, 2004. He was 20 years old. He was born and raised in Bozeman, and attended elementary and secondary school in Bozeman. He was a well-known member of the community, participating in Eagle Mount, Special Olympics, working at the Garage and the Heart of the Valley Humane Society, and being a friend to everyone he met. The Leif Babcock Memorial Scholarship was started in his memory. It is given every year to a graduating senior from Bozeman High. It may be used for any further educational needs of the chosen applicant. It does not necessarily need to be used for formal education. It is our hope that Leif’s spirit and memory will live through this scholarship.

Criteria:

  • Students do not apply for this scholarship but are selected by teachers and staff of Bozeman High School

Staff Sergeant 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. He was a graduate of Bozeman High School and attended 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.

Criteria:

  • Students do not apply for this scholarship but are selected by teachers and staff of Bozeman High School

Jerry Crabs, former district employee and adult basic and literacy education volunteer, passed away Friday, October 29, 2010. Jerry was a passionate advocate for at-risk youth in our Bozeman community. He was a dedicated teacher who volunteered countless hours to help students gain the math skills required for successful completion of the GED exam. In his memory, the Adult Basic and Literacy Education Program (ABLE) has sponsored the Jerry Crabs Memorial Scholarship Fund to assist low-income students pay the GED examination testing fee. Jerry is deeply missed by his family, our district “family,” and the community at large where he invested so much of his talent and time to helping students of all ages and abilities. It is our hope that this memorial fund will honor Jerry and his enduring vision and passion for quality education. Please contact the Continuing Education Department at 406.522.6096 if you are interested in learning more about this scholarship opportunity.

Criteria

  • Student must be a first-time GED examination applicant
  • Student must have completed 60 hours of examination prep
  • Student must have passed all practice examinations
  • Student must complete a one-paragraph statement about how this scholarship will impact their financial situation
  • Scholarship recipient must write a quality thank you note to the scholarship donors

This scholarship has been established in memory of Weldon Rash.  Weldon spent much of his life in San Francisco.  After retiring from a successful career in sales & marketing he traveled the world with his life partner and landed in Bozeman in 2002 to be closer to family.  Weldon was a supporter of the arts with a passion for opera.  Friends describe him as a generous man who loved adventure.  The Weldon Rash Scholarship goes to a graduating high school senior who supports a diversity of lifestyle.

Criteria:

  • Students do not apply for this scholarship but are selected by teachers and staff of Bozeman High School

Contact Information

For more information, contact:
Judy Slate
Executive Director
406-522-6071
Email Judy