Oct 16 2012


Three children of Missoula businesswoman Rachel Sprunk Smith are honoring their mother through the creation of a sizable scholarship for students in The University of Montana College of Visual and Performing Arts. The Rachel Sprunk Smith Scholarship will provide $4,000 scholarships each year to two students in the college. Smith’s children, Eric Sprunk of Portland, Ore.; Greg Sprunk of Phoenix; and Rochelle Sprunk of Vancouver, Wash. worked with the UM Foundation to set up the fund.

“We are deeply grateful for the wonderful commitment and support of Rachel Sprunk Smith and her family,” said Stephen Kalm, dean of UM College of Visual and Performing Arts. “This gift will positively impact the lives of many students.”

Smith earned her communication studies degree at UM in 1984. After graduation, she established a career in real estate and within three years, she became Missoula’s “Businesswoman of the Year.”

Sprunk Family

A loyal supporter of the University and the college, Rachel gives her time and resources generously. She was the first woman to serve on the University’s Excellence Fund Steering Committee in 1985. She also participated in the UM Alumni Association’s House of Delegates and Alumni Board, then on the college’s Advisory Council. In that role, she promoted the college’s annual scholarship fundraiser, “Odyssey of the Stars.” Although Smith’s term on the Advisory Council ended in 2011, she continues her advocacy of UMArts and “Odyssey of the Stars.” 

The first two recipients of the scholarships are Campbell Youngblood-Petersen of Missoula, a senior percussionist and music major, and Karlie Kahl, a senior in media arts, also of Missoula.

For more information call Peggy Nesbitt, assistant to the dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, at 406-243-4971 or email; or call Sprunk Smith at 904-491-3829 (home), 904-673-9038 (cell), or email

Pictured above: The Sprunk Family. Front row, left to right: Rochelle Sprunk, Rachel Sprunk Smith, Greg Sprunk. Back Row: Erick Sprunk.