Montana State University

College of Letters and Science

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172360
Bozeman, MT 59717-2360

Tel: (406) 994-4288
Fax: (406) 994-7580
Location: 2-205 Wilson Hall


Nicol C. Rae

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Philanthropy Stories

Dave Duensing Memorial Golf Tournament
Each year, the family and friends of Dave Duensing organize a memorial golf tournament to honor Duensing and continue his legacy by funding the Dave Duensing Scholarship. A $1,000 scholarship from the Dave Duensing Scholarship fund is awarded annually to a graduate of one of the Helena, Mont. high schools who is studying one of the hard sciences at MSU. Read more...
Marathon Oil Company teams with MSU's Earth Sciences Department
When Marathon Oil Corporation, one of the world’s leading oil companies, wanted to support research and teaching excellence in earth science and petroleum-focused geology, the company looked to Montana State University. With a generous gift of $125,000, Marathon has initiated a long-term partnership between Marathon Oil Corporation and MSU that promotes the research and educational objectives of both organizations in petroleum-focused disciplines in geology. Read more...
Brittans support the Wallace Stegner chair in Western American studies
A recent commitment by Gordon "Corky" Brittan and his wife, Vanessa, has completed the funding for the Wallace Stegner Chair in Western American Studies. Brittan has been involved in the Stegner chair since its inception in 1991, and has been instrumental in attracting funding and support to make the chair a reality. Wallace Stegner, who died in 1992, is considered one of the most important writers, historians and conservationists of the West. Read more...
Varricchio family endowment supports paleontology education and research
The new Varricchio Family Paleontology Laboratory, supported by an endowment from the Varricchio family, enables paleontology students to have a state-of-the-art classroom and lab space. Prior to the opening of the paleontology lab, paleontology students occupied a small, dark and inadequate facility in the basement of Traphagen Hall. Philip Varricchio was honored at a reception during the grand opening of Gaines Hall in September. Read more...
Philip Kopriva's legacy
In 1991, Phil Kopriva, a 1957 microbiology graduate from Montana State University, created the Kopriva Science Seminar Series and the Kopriva Graduate Fellowship with a generous gift to the College of Letters and Science. Kopriva, who died in 2002, set up the endowments to provide support and opportunities for graduate students in L&S, particularly in multi and interdisciplinary research in biosciences and biochemistry. Read more...
Faculty fellowship established to support creative writing
The Reta K. Haynes Faculty Fellowship, established through the generosity of the Harold K. and Reta Haynes Family Foundation of San Rafael, CA, provides support for creative writing in the Department of English at Montana State University. Expected to provide approximately $10,000 annually, the endowment will be used to support English department faculty members in their creative writing endeavors. Read more...
New scholarship for Native American graduate students
The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation established a new scholarship at MSU to promote achievement by American Indian graduate students. The $10,000 award will go annually to a graduate student at MSU who is a Montana resident and also a member of a Montana Indian tribe. A foundation official said he hopes the Dennis R. Washington Native American Graduate Fellowship will help students meet the needs of Montana's native communities. Read more...