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Increasing number of Gallatin College MSU students receive scholarships

January 27, 2016 -- MSU News Service

Gallatin College MSU interior design program director Teresa Slye leads students through a critique session. A significantly larger number of students enrolled in Gallatin College MSU received scholarships this semester thanks to the college’s success in a recent student scholarship fundraising initiative. Students in both one-year certificate programs and associate degree programs received awards. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

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A significantly larger number of students enrolled in Gallatin College Montana State University received scholarships this semester thanks to the college’s success in a recent student scholarship fundraising initiative.

This spring semester, 87 Gallatin College MSU students received scholarships, compared with only seven scholarships awarded at the same time last year.

Students in both one-year certificate programs and associate degree programs received awards ranging from $250 to $1,750. The scholarships will offset the students’ tuition and fees, which total approximately $1,570 per semester.

Carmen George, a student in Gallatin College MSU’s medical assistant program, said she is thankful for the scholarship she received.

“I have been juggling the responsibility of being a full-time student and employee over the last year. I have also been trying to graduate debt free,” she said. “This scholarship will allow me to do that, and at the same time, I will be able to focus more on my studies.”

Gallatin College MSU’s scholarship committee was thrilled to provide so many scholarships to Gallatin College students, according to Nicole Berg, student adviser at Gallatin College MSU.

“Scholarships give the students the ability to successfully complete their degrees, graduate and move into the working world with less financial burden and more confidence,” she said.

Bob Hietala, dean of Gallatin College MSU, said the college is grateful to all those who participated in the scholarship fundraising initiative.

“We are appreciative of the contributions to student scholarships that have come from local businesses, local lending institutions and some private individuals from the community,” he said. “There is a strong recognition across our community of the benefits from supporting the Gallatin College students.”

Hietala added a number of donors have made multi-year funding commitments, which will allow for continued student scholarships in the coming years.

For more information about Gallatin College MSU, visit http://gallatin.montana.edu/.

Contact: Nicole Berg, Gallatin College MSU student adviser, (406) 994-5595 or Nicole.berg@montana.edu