UM Staff Senate Awards Scholarships

May 02, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Staff Senate recently awarded $3,000 in scholarships and awards to five students who are dependents of classified staff members at UM. The recipients include four current students and one incoming freshman.

The scholarship recipients are:

  • Timberlee Plenger, pharmacy student and daughter of Emmalee Plenger of Human Resource Services;
  • Angela Alva, elementary education student and daughter of Mick Alva in the Labor Department of Facilities Services;
  • Samantha Croft, a student studying political science, economics and environmental studies, and daughter of Chris Croft of the UM Police Department;
  • Spencer Chaffey-Haley, incoming freshman and son of Rozlyn Haley of the Equal Opportunity Office;
  • Shane Cronin, a student studying physics, math and geosciences, and husband of Angie Cronin of the Curry Health Center.

Staff Senate Scholarships are open to incoming freshmen, continuing education students, graduate students and transfer students at UM – either on the Mountain Campus, at Missoula College or at Bitterroot College. Scholarships are awarded based on academic success, letters of reference, community service, financial need and a biographical statement.

The Staff Senate raises funds for the scholarships through events such as the Diploma Dash 5K. Additional funds and awards are contributed by several other departments at the University including the Office of the President, University Center, Residence Life Office, The Bookstore, UM Police Department, Intercollegiate Athletics and UM Dining.


Contact: Judy Wellert, administrative associate, UM Staff Senate, 406-243-5422,