UM Announces 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholars

July 14, 2017

MISSOULA – University of Montana Presidential Leadership Scholarships have been awarded to 23 exceptional incoming UM freshmen. The scholarships recognize outstanding talent, academic performance, leadership and contribution to the community.

This year’s scholarship winners were chosen from a field of more than 350 qualified applicants. Scholarship recipients enroll in UM’s Davidson Honors College and receive a four‑year tuition waiver, plus an additional $5,000 to $7,500 per year.

“We have worked with a wide range of campus partners to recruit a wonderfully talented group of students for this prestigious scholarship program,” said Brock Tessman, dean of the Davidson Honors College. “As has been the case with the Presidential Leadership Scholars who have come before them, these students will contribute to the entire campus through their aspiration to academic excellence and their engagement in leadership and service. We look forward to tremendous accomplishments from them.”

Montana’s crop of 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholars are:

Billings:

  • Anna Potter, a Billings West High School graduate who plans to major in education.
  • Molly Putnam, who graduated from Billings Central Catholic High School with a 4.0 GPA.

Bozeman:

  • Elaine Chandler, who graduated with a 4.0 GPA at the top of her class at Bozeman High School.
  • Joseph Kelly, a graduate of Bozeman High School who will study physics.
  • Chloe Loeffelholz, who graduated at the top of her class at Bozeman High School with a 4.0 GPA and plans to study cultural anthropology.
  • John Schafer, who graduated at the top of his class at Bozeman High School with a 4.0 GPA.

Butte:

  • Samuel Schonsberg, who graduated from Butte High School at the top of his class with a 4.0 GPA and plans to study music performance and composition.

Darby

  • Evangeline Campbell, who graduated at the top of her Darby High School class, and plans to study mathematics education or English education.

Gallatin Gateway:

  • Evynn Gibbs-Cook, who graduated from Bozeman High School and plans to study humanities.

Great Falls:

  • Kenna Karjala, who graduated from Great Falls High School and plans to study marine biology.
  • Jeremiah Ormseth, a Charles M. Russell High School graduate who plans to study computer science.
  • Leonard Ormseth, who graduated at the top of his class at C.M. Russell High School with a 4.0 GPA. He plans to study environmental studies and resource conservation.

Hamilton:

  • Hadley Gideon, who graduated top of her class at Hamilton High School with a 4.0 GPA and plans to study physics with an astronomy emphasis.
  • Morgan Weidow, who graduated from Corvallis High School and plans to study pre-medicine and biochemistry.

Kalispell:

  • Brock Adkins, who graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Glacier High School and plans to study statistics.
  • Silas Schwarz, who earned a 4.0 GPA and the top spot in Glacier High School’s 2017 graduating class and plans to study computer science.

Lewistown:

  • Kayla Irish, who graduated at the top of her class at Fergus High School with a 4.0 GPA.

Missoula:

  • Lea Tonnerre, who graduated from Sentinel High School at the top of her class with a 4.0 GPA. She plans to study physics.    

Red Lodge:

  • Abigail Nordstrom, who graduated from Red Lodge High School at the top of her class with a 4.0 GPA. She plans to major in journalism and literature.

Rexford:

  • Kaylee Kronsperger, a Lincoln County High School graduate who earned a 4.0 GPA and finished at the top of her class. She plans to study biochemistry.

Whitefish:

  • Makkie Haller, who graduated from Whitefish High School and plans to study political science with a focus on international relations and comparative politics.

Two Presidential Leadership Scholars will come to UM from out of state:

Colorado Springs, Colorado:

  • Mary Carrigan, who graduated from Discovery Canyon Campus High School with a 4.74 (weighted) GPA and plans to study communicative sciences and disorders.

Camas, Washington:

  • Melody Hollar, who graduated from Camas High School and plans to study wildlife biology and computer science.

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Contact: Brock Tessman, UM Davidson Honors College dean, 406-243-2541, brock.tessman@umontana.edu.