Presidential Leadership Scholarships

Bringing the best to UM

Presidential Leadership Scholarships are our chief tool for recruiting top-tier scholars from Montana and around the country. These students influence the intellectual climate of campus, serve as campus leaders and become some of our most creative and industrious alumni.

A major expansion of this premier scholarship program will transform the University. Each scholarship offers $7,500 per year for four years. Alumni and friends generously support nearly 100 Presidential Leadership Scholars every year. Our goal is to double that number by 2016.

Mercedes Becker

As the valedictorian of her high school, Mercedes Becker had the opportunity to attend many top universities. Receiving a Presidential Leadership Scholarship influenced her decision to stay in Montana and attend UM. The Presidential Leadership Scholarship helps her focus on courses for her two majors: psychology and communications. She also does volunteer work and is active in the Honors Student Association. Plus, she is a fellow for the Project on American Democracy and Citizenship. After completing her undergraduate work, Mercedes plans to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology.

“I really try to dig in and work hard. This scholarship offers freedom to take on all the opportunities the University has to offer, but I also have that added pressure of maintaining academic excellence, which I actually like. I like having to live up to high standards.”
-Mercedes Becker, Psychology and Communications ‘16

To speak with our team about making a gift, contact one of our development officers in the area you wish to support, or contact us at 800.443.2593. We look forward to hearing from you!