Jun 21 2010


The University of Montana leader responsible for student financial aid for 25 years will have a privately funded, need-based grant for students named for him. Mick Hanson retires this month after 40 years of service to the University.

To honor Hanson for his dedication to UM students, family members, friends and UM, colleagues have created the Montana Investment in Character and Knowledge (MICK) Endowed Grant Fund.

"The University plans to use the MICK fund for grants for students in good academic standing who have demonstrated financial need," said Laura Brehm, president and CEO of the UM Foundation. "Making a gift to the MICK fund will be a wonderful way to help UM students."

More than $5,000 has been donated to the MICK fund so far. The UM Foundation will continue to accept contributions to the fund in the coming years.

"Mick Hanson put his heart and soul into his work, and now his name will forever be associated with providing financial assistance for students to attend The University of Montana," said Teresa Branch, UM vice president for student affairs.

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Hanson earned a master's degree in business administration from UM in 1976. He began his career with the University in computer services in 1970 and then became director of Financial Aid in 1986. In addition to his work at UM, Hanson volunteered in the community and raised his family in Missoula with his wife, Sharon, another UM graduate. Their three children - Mindy, Bart and Clark - also graduated from UM.

For more information, call Curtis Cox, UM Foundation assistant vice president for development, at 406.243.2585.

Contact: Beth Hammock, Vice President for Strategic Communications and Marketing, UM Foundation, 406.243.4609,