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Our mission to our students is clear: we will foster their academic achievement, we will help them succeed as they pursue their professional ambitions and we will make sure that the talented and motivated scholars who join the Davidson Honors College will graduate ready to serve as leading citizens in their community, their state, their country and the world.
Dean Nichols

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student scholarships

We intend to grow the number of scholarships available to all honors students, but our primary goal is to increase the amount we award for Presidential Leadership Scholarships. Increasing the value of each scholarship helps UM compete nationally for top students. Alumni and friends generously support over 100 Presidential Leadership Scholars every year; we aim to add another 25 during Campaign Montana.

career development and community partnerships

The Davidson Honors College provides students with extraordinary career-related academic experiences and internships that are designed to help them refine their career goals, gain real world experience and secure employment in their chosen field upon graduation. Your gift strengthens these career preparation opportunities for Davidson Honors College students. Resources also help support the QUEST program, which partners teams of Davidson Honors College students with community leaders to address complex local problems.

impact fund

The Impact Fund allows donors to make an immediate difference in Davidson Honors College priority areas. These unrestricted funds allow Dean Nichols to direct resources to critical need areas; including emergency grants for students with financial need, student travel to conferences, study abroad experiences, undergraduate research, leadership and enrichment programs. A portion of these funds may also be directed to faculty and course development.

teaching excellence

Faculty-student interaction is at the heart of the Davidson Honors College experience. The Davidson Honors College Faculty Fellows Program recruits some of the most outstanding faculty at the University to dedicate a portion of their time to teaching, mentoring and program development in the College. Your support of our Faculty Fellows Program ensures that our students have personalized instructional and research access to the top teachers and scholars at UM.

As the college looks toward the future, we have developed a strategy to achieve the highest level of national distinction and establish the Davidson Honors College as the preferred choice for our region’s most talented students. Philanthropic investment will enable us to strengthen increasingly significant aspects of honors education – including enhanced faculty mentorship, new course development, customized career preparation, undergraduate research, study abroad and service learning opportunities.