2012 Annual Report
A Scholarship Success: Opportunities from generosity
For Montana native Kyle Schmauch, two major reasons played a role in his decision to attend The University of Montana: his love for the state of Montana and the opportunity to finish his undergraduate degrees debt-free.
Thanks to the Myre-McGaugh Scholarship, Schmauch’s goals of completing both of his undergraduate degrees debt-free have become that much closer to a reality.
“I can’t speak for other students, but scholarships have a huge impact on me,” Schmauch says. “I work during the summer to make money, but have been too busy with school and extracurricular [activities] to work a paid job during the school year. Scholarships help make up for that.”
Schmauch, a double major in broadcast journalism and political science, teamed up with another student to produce a story on the controversy of wolf hunting in Montana. The story won the ninth annual Fox News Channel College Challenge. The prize included $5,000 and a trip to Fox Studio in New York for the students and professor Ray Ekness.
“It’s not every day that you sit down in Fox studio in New York and go through an interview for internship opportunities,” Schmauch says. “Representing the great state of Montana on national television was a true honor.
He adds the project was a great experience, and by winning the competition, it’s been the most influential project in his life, opening new doors for his future.
Schmauch credits a number of experiences early in his life, particularly high school, for his interest in politics and journalism. He started anchoring on Glacier High School’s daily television announcements, interning for a pro-business advocacy group, traveling to Washington D.C. to attend President Barack Obama’s inauguration, and again to compete in the We The People program after Glacier High School won the state competition.
“The more I participated in, the more I was drawn to politics and journalism, and the relationship between the two,” Schmauch says. “I am currently trying to decide if or when I will go to law school.”
As for his future plans beyond considering law school, he is interested in political reporting, campaign work, public relations and government affairs in the private sector.
Schmauch says he is honored to receive the Myre-McGaugh Scholarship. It has allowed him to pause and appreciate being recognized for his efforts, he says.