Rachel Sprunk Smith Scholarship
As a special tribute to Rachel Sprunk Smith, her three children chose to honor her by establishing a scholarship in her name at the University of Montana Foundation for the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The Sprunk siblings, Eric of Portland, Oregon, Greg of Phoenix, Arizona, and Rochelle of Vancouver, Washington, created a quasi-endowment with a gift of more than $64,000. Two awards of $4,000 each will be available annually until the fund is depleted. The scholarships will support students in any of the College’s four schools – Art, Media Arts, Music, or Theatre & Dance. At the $4,000 level, these awards rank among the largest given in the CVPA.
Rachel earned her degree at UM in 1984 in communication studies. At the same time, Eric was enrolled at the University of Montana and later received his degree in business administration in 1986. Greg attended UM as a member of the class of 1981.
After garnering her diploma, Rachel established herself in a career in real estate. Only three years later, she became Missoula’s “Businesswoman of the Year.”
A loyal supporter of the University and the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Rachel has given generously of her time and resources. She was the first woman to serve on the University’s Excellence Fund Steering Committee in 1985. She also participated in the Alumni Association’s House of Delegates and Alumni Board, then on the CVPA’s Advisory Council. In this latest role, she tirelessly promoted the College’s annual scholarship fundraiser, Odyssey of the Stars. Besides supporting the University monetarily during its Invest in Discovery Campaign, Rachel thoughtfully included the College in her will.
The Rachel Sprunk Smith Scholarships will provide significant financial assistance to graduates and undergraduates alike in the years ahead.