UM Welcomes 2018 Presidential Leadership Scholars

June 06, 2018

MISSOULA – This fall, the Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana will welcome more than 200 of the best and brightest students from across the country and state. Thirty-one of these students are recipients of the Presidential Leadership Scholarship, UM’s premier freshman scholarship.

Presidential Leadership Scholars are chosen based on leadership, service and academic merit, with scholarships renewable for a total of four years. The incoming PLS cohort had an average weighted grade-point-average of 4.0, an average ACT score of 32 and more than 60 percent were first in their class for schools that rank their students.   

Many of the students chose UM and the Davidson Honors College over other prestigious institutions for a liberal arts experience within Montana’s flagship university, exemplary educational offerings, a welcoming community and connection with the outdoors.

“Our team is proud to welcome a large and incredibly accomplished class of Presidential Leadership Scholars from around Montana and across the country,” DHC Dean Brock Tessman said.

Of the 31 students receiving the PLS, 11 are from out of state and 20 are from Montana – with the greatest number from Missoula, including two National Merit Semifinalists.

The Presidential Leadership Scholars for 2018 from Montana include:

Bigfork

  • Grace Olechowski, who graduated from Bigfork High School and plans to study pre-journalism.

Bozeman

  • Augusta Reinhart, who graduated from Bozeman High School.
  • Elliot Johnson, who graduated from Bozeman High School.

Columbia Falls

  • Hunter Grimes, who graduated from Whitefish High School and plans to study pre-medical sciences.

Frenchtown

  • Kyler Rebich, who graduated from Frenchtown High School and plans to study computer science.

Great Falls

  • Gerrit Bloemendaal, who graduated from Charles M. Russell High School and plans to study business administration.
  • Jacob Baroch, who graduated from Great Falls High School and plans to study biology.

Hamilton

  • Morgan Kellar, who graduated from Hamilton High School and plans to study theater.

Helena

  • Seely Hoffman, who graduated from Capital High School and plans to study history.
  • Addie Slanger, who graduated from Helena High School and plans to study journalism.

Kalispell

  • Hanna Brann, who graduated from Flathead High School.
  • Millie Espeseth, who graduated from Glacier High School and plans to study pre-law.
  • Jenna McCrorie, who graduated from Glacier High School and plans to study political

Livingston

  • Elizabeth Mickelson, who graduated from Park High School and plans to study English.

Missoula

  • Cory Emlen, a Sentinel High School graduate and a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist who plans to study mathematics.
  • Betta Lyon Delsordo, who graduated from Big Sky High School and plans to study computer science.
  • Esther Lyon Delsordo, who graduated from Hellgate High School.
  • Niel Mondava, who graduated from Hellgate High School and plans to study biochemistry.
  • Anna Vonessen, who graduated from Sentinel High School and was a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.
  • Lindsey Roosa, who graduated from Sentinel High School and plans to study Japanese.

Out-of-state Presidential Leadership Scholars include:

Belmont, California

  • Kendall Butler, who graduated from Carlmont High School and plans to study neuroscience.

Blaine, Minnesota

  • Wyatt Nielsen, who graduated from Spring Lake Park High School and plans to study wildlife biology.

Carmichael, California

  • Chloe Behan, who graduated from Bella Vista High School and plans to study medical laboratory science.

Dunwoody, Georgia

  • Samuel Mothner, who graduated from Dunwoody High School and plans to study wildlife biology.

Homer, Alaska

  • Andie Sonnen, who graduated from Homer High School and plans to study forestry.

Manassas, Virginia

  • Sean Kellogg, who graduated from Seton School and plans to study wildlife biology.

Northbrook, Illinois

  • Jack St. John, who graduated from Glenbrook North High School and plans to study wildlife biology 

Oxford, Missouri

  • Raina Woolworth, who graduated from Oxford High School and plans to study wildlife biology.

Perry, Kansas

  • Brenna Spurling, who graduated from Perry-Lecompton High School.

Webster Groves, Missouri

  • Claudia Petersen, who graduated from Webster Groves High School and plans to study wildlife biology.

Winona Lake, Indiana

  • Grace Erba, who was homeschooled and plans to study wildlife biology.
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Contact: Kaetlyn Cordingley, director of career development and community partnerships, UM Davidson Honors College, 406-243-2579, kaetlyn.cordingley@umontana.edu.