UM Honors College to Welcome Best and Brightest Students This Fall

June 20, 2018

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s Davidson Honors College is an increasingly popular choice for the best and brightest high school graduates from Montana. After drawing a record-breaking class of 209 new honors students to campus last fall, the DHC is set to welcome another banner class of approximately 200 students this August.

“We don’t have final numbers on our overall class size this year, but between our incoming class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, our new Montana University System Honors Scholars, National Merit Scholarship Finalists and Valedictorians, I think this may be our most decorated class to date,” DHC Dean Brock Tessman said.

The quality of the DHC incoming class is higher than it has ever been, with the entering group of Presidential Leadership Scholars boasting a grade-point average of 4.0 and an average ACT score of over 32, in the 98th percentile nationally.

These students had offers from other prestigious institutions and chose UM and the Davidson Honors College for a liberal arts experience at Montana’s flagship university.

“I believe that, when we gather all of our Presidential Leadership Scholars in our DHC Ephron Student Lounge, we have more raw intellectual horsepower under one roof than in any other location in Montana,” Tessman said.

The MUS Honors Scholarship is a four-year scholarship based on academic merit that waives tuition for an incoming student at an eligible campus. This year’s incoming MUS winners will engage in exemplary educational offerings in diverse majors from across campus and a welcoming community at UM, the DHC and Missoula, as well as a connection with the outdoors.

The incoming DHC MUS Honors Scholarship recipients include:

Bigfork

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

Bozeman

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

Columbia Falls

  • Hunter Grimes, who graduated from Whitefish High School and plans to study pre-medical sciences.
  • Madeline Jarvis, who graduated from Columbia Falls High School and plans to study music.
  • Kennedy Payne, who graduated from Columbia Falls High School and plans to study music.

Dillon

  • Sarah Griffin, who graduated from Beaverhead County High School and plans to study environmental studies.
  • Heidi Martin, who graduated from Beaverhead County High School.

Great Falls

  • Jacob Baroch, who graduated from Great Falls High School and plans to study biology.
  • Gerrit Bloemendaal, who graduated from C.M. Russell High School and plans to study business administration.
  • McKenna Osentowski, who graduated from C.M. Russell High School and plans to study pre-pharmacy.
  • Emma Tovson, who graduated from C.M. Russell High School and plans to study psychology.

Helena

  • Emily Burke, who graduated from Capital High School and plans to study pre-medical sciences.

Huson

  • Madeleine Boller, who graduated from Frenchtown High School and plans to study biology.

Kalispell

  • 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 French.

Missoula

  • Katya Brown, who graduated from Sentinel High School and plans to study music.
  • Camryn Cooper, who graduated from Hellgate High School and plans to study pre-pharmacy.
  • Cory Emlen, who graduated from Sentinel High School and plans to study mathematics.
  • Esther Lyon Delsordo, who graduated from Hellgate High School.
  • Emma Lyon Delsordo, who graduated from Sentinel High School.
  • Niel Mondova, who graduated from Hellgate High School and plans to study biochemistry.
  • Amy Ostertag, who graduated from Sentinel High School and plans to study elementary education.
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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.