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MSU announces new memorial scholarship

November 22, 2016 -- MSU News Service

The Carolyn Thompson Memorial Scholarship has been created to honor and celebrate the life of the former MSU College of Engineering student. Photo courtesy of the MSU College of Engineering.

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Carolyn Grace Thompson was a proud Bobcat, engineer and equestrian. She died in a motor vehicle crash in February 2014, but her legacy lives on in a memorial scholarship to honor and celebrate her life.

Carolyn came to MSU in August 2010 and immediately knew she had found her home. She was working towards a dual degree in mechanical engineering and mechanical engineering technology, and spent her spare time working, welding, and as a member of the MSU equestrian team, where she was the team secretary. She was able to experience a cattle drive out of Townsend before she started college and spent a memorable summer working as a wrangler at the Triple J Ranch outside of Augusta after her sophomore year of college. She loved and embraced everything she encountered in Montana.

The Carolyn Thompson Memorial Scholarship has been created to honor Carolyn's life and to acknowledge the impact that the MSU community had on her during her life. Each year the mechanical and industrial engineering scholarship committee shall award two undergraduate student scholarships. The recipient must be pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology, be in his/her senior year of study, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.45 on a 4.0 scale. Preference will be given to a recipient who is pursuing a double major in mechanical engineering and mechanical engineering technology, is working in addition to taking classes, and who has an interest in the "hands-on" aspects of the mechanical engineering field.

The award may be renewable if the recipient meets all of the scholarship requirements and continues to be the best candidate as determined by the committee.

To apply, complete the College of Engineering scholarship application at COE Scholarships. The application opens Dec. 1, 2016, for the next year’s scholarships. For more information, contact Kathy Campbell at (406) 994-6755 or

Contact: Kathy Campbell, (406) 994-6755 or