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Longtime MSU supporters give $4 million to establish Cameron Scholars Program

February 15, 2017 -- From MSU News Service

Montana State University students pose for a photo Wednesday, September 21, 2016 during an annual reception to honor recipients of various scholarships and awards. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

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BOZEMAN — Montana State University and the MSU Alumni Foundation announced today that longtime supporters Nancy Cameron, along with her brother, David Cameron, and his wife, Tanya, all from a homesteading family north of Great Falls, have committed to giving the university $4 million. The endowment will establish the Cameron Scholars Program in the MSU Honors College.

“The Cameron family is passionate about the important role that access to education plays in our state,” said MSU President Waded Cruzado. “This scholarship endowment will provide funding for MSU presidential scholars and honors students in perpetuity. The Cameron family’s generosity will allow generations of Montana State students to enjoy the robust educational experience created in the Honors College.”

The first program scholarships will be awarded in 2018. Once the endowment is fully funded, it will support 8-10 students annually. Recipients of scholarships distributed from the Cameron Scholars Program endowment will be determined by the established criteria for selection and participation in the Presidential Scholars Program, with preference given to students who are residents of Montana.

“The Cameron family has given us the resources necessary to attract the top academic students from across the state of Montana,” said Ilse-Mari Lee, dean of MSU’s Honors College. “Providing access to top MSU faculty and programs for our students is a key priority.”

The Cameron family homesteaded north of Great Falls more than 125 years ago and owned and operated the Dana Ranch in Cascade for more than 75 years.

Nancy Cameron, who now lives in Boise, Idaho, is an alumna of MSU’s College of Business, which is now known as the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship. David Cameron, who is a retired MSU faculty biologist and department head, has served on the Scientific Advisory Committee for the McLaughlin Research Institute since 1993. He currently serves on the MSU Alumni Foundation Board of Governors. Tanya Cameron is also an alumna of MSU, with a degree in business management. She serves on the Benefis Hospital Board of Directors. David and Tanya Cameron live in Great Falls.

The Cameron family has a rich history of supporting higher education. In 2014 Nancy Cameron established the Nancy Cameron Chair in Animal and Range Sciences as well as several scholarships for MSU students. David and Tanya Cameron established a scholarship fund for business students at MSU, supported the construction of the Animal Bioscience Building, and funded a STEM scholarship for students at Great Falls College MSU.

“Our philosophy is that education is the path to building our communities and ensuring a bright future for society,” David Cameron said. “It’s gratifying to be a part of this important endeavor.”

ABOUT THE MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI FOUNDATION: The Montana State University Alumni Foundation is a private nonprofit corporation serving alumni and friends, donors and partners through one mission to “cultivate lifelong relationships and secure private support to advance Montana State University.”

Contact: Tyler Wiltgen, vice president of estate, trust and gift planning, MSU Alumni Foundation, or (406) 994-3743

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