Apr 18 2013


The College of Forestry and Conservation at The University of Montana will distribute nearly $160,000 in scholarships to more than 80 students on Friday, April 19.

The college will award 70 scholarships and a dozen freshman recruiting scholarships at its annual scholarship reception.

Many of the school’s scholarships were established in memory of former students or by local organizations, faculty and alumni. For example, the Danny On award memorializes alum Danny On who received both a bachelor’s of science and a master’s of science from the school and went on to a career as a smokejumper, forester and photographer with the U.S. Forest Service. Another memorial scholarship honors Stacie Ann DeWolf, a UM alumna who was the first female certified as a USFS wildland firefighter 25 years ago.

This year, several new or newly funded scholarships will be awarded, including the Don Bedunah Memorial Scholarship; Scott Woods Memorial Scholarship; the Peterson Family Scholarship Endowment; and the Zuuring-MAGIP Graduate GIS award. Bedunah and Woods were beloved faculty members who both passed away in 2012.

Marilyn and Keith Peterson established their scholarship for students in the CFC and the Department of Health and Human Performance on a rotating basis. Both Marilyn and Keith are UM alums and Marilyn is the niece of the former dean of the forestry college, Kenneth Davis.

Hans Zuuring, a retired faculty member, contributed to a long-standing fund initially created by the Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals. His regular monthly contributions helped the fund reach endowment level. This is the first year an award will be disbursed from the fund. 

Undergraduate students from all five of the college’s degree programs and several graduate students will receive awards. Graduate scholarships include an award from Missoula-based Systems for Environmental Management, which recognizes graduate scholarship in the areas of fire and technology.