Each year, the Montana Stockgrowers Foundation (MSF) awards college students, who are seeking a career beneficial to ranching, with a scholarship. In 2021, the MSF board of trustees voted to increase the number of scholarships given from one to three. The trustees also increased the dollars given to benefit more students in more impactful ways.
To be eligible for the scholarships, applicants must be currently enrolled in college and have completed at least one semester in college, be a member, or have at least one parent/guardian who is a member, of the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA), and demonstrate a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants enrolled in Vocational and out of state schools were also accepted.
Applicants completed the application form, included a copy of their current transcript, wrote a 500-word essay discussing their educational pursuits, potential impact of their chosen field and why the applicant feels they are deserving of the scholarship funds, and included two letters of recommendation. Finalists participated in an in-person interview with the scholarship committee comprised of MSF trustees.
Sage Zook was awarded a $5,000 scholarship and is attending Northwest College in Powell Wyoming, majoring in Animal Science. Her anticipated date of graduation is May 2023.
Macie Martinell was a awarded a $2,500 scholarship and is attending Montana State University in Bozeman majoring in Exercise Science. Macie plans on applying for Physical Therapy school to receive her Doctorate in physical therapy. Her anticipated date of graduation is May 2025.
Sage Jackson was awarded a $2500 scholarship and is attending Montana State University pursuing a degree in Animal Science – Livestock Management with a minor in Agriculture Business. Her anticipated date of graduation is May 2024.
2023 applications typically will be available in March and due at the end of April. For questions, please contact the MSGA office at (406) 442-3420 or [email protected].
A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Montana Stockgrowers Foundation was established to ensure the future of Montana’s cattle industry through producer and public education, and promotion of MSGA programs. The Foundation supports the next generation by offering educational programs, academic scholarships and providing leadership opportunities.