The Graduate School requests nominations for the Mildred Livingston Presidential award. The purpose of this award is to attract outstanding new graduate students and grow graduate student enrollment in alignment with the university’s academic strategic plan. The award is valued at $2,000, to be given over the course of two years, beginning Fall 2020 and ending Spring 2022. Applicants to any master’s or doctoral program are eligible to be nominated for this award.

Nominations are accepted from December 1 until all funds are expended or until the closing date of March 30. There is no limit to the number of applicants nominated per degree program, however all nominees must have applied to a graduate degree program.

Note: Please do not nominate a student for both Meritorious and Mildred Livingston Presidential Awards. Students who are nominated but not selected for the Meritorious will be considered for the Presidential. 


The nominating department will submit a one page letter to include the below information electronically to Anna Denham, Administrative Associate: or 406.994.4145. Any quesitons, please direct them to Melis Edwards, Director of Graduate School Admissions: or 994-6329.

A Letter of support from the nominating MSU faculty which includes:

  • Students full name and email address
  • Program and degree type being considered at MSU-Bozeman
  • Current degrees and names of institutions where degrees were conferred
  • Student scholarship or work experience


  • The award is for new graduate students matriculating Fall of 2020.
  • In order to retain the award, the student must maintain good academic standing (term and cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher) as noted on this link to the G.S. policy pages.
  • A payment of $500 will be dispersed to the student’s account during the fall and spring semesters for two years (total amount $2,000). Typically, payments are made into a student’s account after the first week of classes.
  • In the event that the student has declined admission or has deferred admission to another term, the funding will return to the general pool. In that case, the Graduate School may offer the award to an alternate nominee who may or may not be an applicant in the same department.