Fall/Winter 2021-2022

Cindy WilliamsDear Friends

Thank you for remaining loyal, generous and joyful in your vision and commitment to the University of Montana and its students throughout the past year. Read about the impact made possible by your philanthropic support.


Gift Promotes Inclusive Prosperity

The Payne Family Impact Scholarship, established with a $7.5 million gift from longtime UM supporters Terry and Patt Payne, will make a UM education accessible for hundreds of Montana high school students.

Director of Financial Aid Emily WilliamsonCreating Opportunity

In this Q&A, Director of Financial Aid Emily Williamson shares why awards like the new Payne Family Impact Scholarship are critical for ensuring UM is an accessible and equitable institution.

Students play piano and sing at UM's newly renovated School of MusicA Place to Harmonize

UM's School of Music building is getting some much-needed upgrades. With additional private support, future renovations will include updating classrooms, practice rooms, the Recital Hall and more.

Students sit around a table with their laptops and study together.

Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation Lifts Online Learning

The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation has committed $3.5 million to fund and expand EdReady to serve more than 180,000 Montanans.

Lois Welch

Bringing Native American Voices to Campus

Native American voices will enjoy a greater prominence at UM thanks to a new visiting writer fund established by Lois Welch to honor her late husband, acclaimed author James Welch.

Jenny EckIn the Know

Meet two new UM Foundation staff members who are passionate about enhancing excellence and opportunity at the University of Montana.

Mary Olson

2021 Neil S. Bucklew Presidential Service Award Recipient

The UM Foundation is honored to present alumna Mary Olson '81, '89 with the Neil S. Bucklew Presidential Service Award.