Finding the World at UM

Taylor RostName: Taylor Rost
Hometown: Polson, Montana
Major: Spanish and Political Science
Scholarship: John D. Irwin Jr. Memorial Scholarship

I chose UM because I felt it had a strong connection to Missoula as well as the world community. In high school I traveled to Israel and Palestine on a service trip.

I met incredible people and enjoyed learning about the history there. My first year of college, I traveled to Honduras with Missoula Medical Aid to provide basic medical care to impoverished communities. My desire to help others motivated my trips abroad, and my experiences have made me eager to continue learning. I want to better the world, learn more about the people in it, and work toward peaceful and powerful interactions.

Last spring, I participated in the National Model United Nations conference in New York City, at which our delegation earned an award. I was also able to study abroad in Spain. That gave me the opportunity to be immersed in the language, a type of learning that can’t be replicated back home.

I rely solely on scholarships, student loans and my jobs to pay for school, so being a scholarship recipient literally means that I get to continue pursuing my educational and career aspirations. Being recognized for my academic performance and extracurricular involvement is a rewarding feeling.