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UM is placing student success at the center of all we do, and driving excellence and innovation in teaching, learning and research. Our collective charge is to ensure every student succeeds.
President seth bodnar

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Emergency Student Support Fund

As the global effects of COVID-19 continue to evolve, the University of Montana family is persevering through this challenge together. The University of Montana Emergency Student Support Fund has been established to help enrolled students meet their basic needs by alleviating unexpected financial hardship created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students who cannot afford essential needs such as making rent payments, purchasing necessary prescriptions, ordering course materials or paying for an emergency medical procedure, may apply for short-term assistance from the fund. We invite you to partner with us in our collective effort to help students as they confront the great hurdles of this pandemic while working to excel in their coursework and learning experiences.

student success

Opening the doors to higher education is not enough – we must provide the services and resources students need to persist and succeed. Enhancing our student success program is a top priority over the next several years, and we hope our vision will inspire you to support these efforts.

Connect every student with both a professional academic adviser and a faculty mentor and offer a structured pathway to navigate career preparation and opportunities.

Ensure students participate in high-impact educational practices, such as first-year orientation and seminars, internships, co-ops, undergraduate research and capstone projects.

Create an emergency grant fund to empower students to transition past a moment of short-term financial need and continue in their college career.

Help students, especially those who are first-generation and underrepresented at UM, find their home on this campus, with tailored opportunities and support to help them persist to graduation.

Augment traditional classroom learning with more access to special summer experiences, such as field coursework, study abroad programs and internships with local companies.

Drive innovation in the classroom through enhanced pedagogy and collaboration.

Excellence fund

Unrestricted support maintains the essential resources students and faculty need. With your gifts, we can nimbly respond to both challenges and opportunities, ensuring faculty and staff can continue serving students and our state.

university Scholarships

At UM, a little generosity goes a long way. A modest investment in a student can lead to great returns. A primary goal of our campaign is to increase the number of scholarships available to students in all schools and colleges. These include recruitment scholarships for incoming students, need-based awards, Presidential Leadership Scholarships for academically gifted students, graduate student fellowships to enhance our research enterprise, student-athlete scholarships, and field-of-study awards.

montana access scholarships

More than 1,000 University of Montana students could receive need-based financial support through the Montana Access Scholarship Fund, a new program established by the Montana Legislature. Donors making a Montana Access Scholarship gift double their investment thanks to state dollars that match their donation dollar-for-dollar. UM-Missoula and Missoula College students are eligible to receive approximately $1 million in scholarships through the Fund, provided that the University of Montana Foundation receives $529,000 in philanthropic Montana Access Scholarship gifts by March 2020.

S.E.A. change

The S.E.A. Change Initiative amplifies UM’s efforts to sustain a safe campus that accelerates and empowers all students. Launched in spring 2019, this leadership initiative will prepare UM students to influence broad societal change.

Your support of S.E.A. Change Initiative for UM Students will provide UM undergraduate and Missoula-area high school and middle school students with educational opportunities to be empowered change makers who understand, navigate and address societal biases.

These students will grow into successful and influential professionals committed to gender equity. Essential future contributions will support holistic programming in four areas: mentorship and research, mindset building, entrepreneurship and leadership.

UM continues to invite support of critical programs and services that advance efforts to sustain a safe campus that accelerates and empowers all students. These ventures include the Student Advocacy Resource Center; the leadership training program Women’s Leadership Initiative; Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and Pursue Your Passions, which fuels entrepreneurship among UM women.

rankin hall renovation

Contributions designated to Jeannette Rankin Hall will activate seed funding and escalate the pace of interior renovations, including additional classroom interactive technologies, access for students with disabilities, and the buildout of a home for the S.E.A. Change Initiative.

Your gifts to support this inspired project will ensure that the building — named for Montana’s beloved champion of women — is thoughtfully re-imagined for the next century, ultimately garnering renewed prominence on the University of Montana campus.