Law School Receives $2.5 Million Bequest for Scholarships

The Alexander Blewett III School of Law has received its largest-ever planned gift and the second-largest gift in the history of the school. This anonymous $2.5 million bequest will ultimately be used for merit scholarships.

“This is tremendous news for future generations of law students,” said Dean Paul Kirgis. “Scholarships are essential to attract the best and most diverse student body, and that translates into outstanding lawyers practicing in Montana and around the country. We are truly humbled by this gift and by the donor’s belief in what we are doing at the school.”

Chelsea BissellThe gift comes on the heels of a $10 million gift from Zander and Andy Blewett in 2015 and sustains the momentum of their $1.5 million matching challenge for scholarships. The anonymous donor wishes to continue the Blewett scholarship matching challenge and, therefore, the bequest will remain uncounted toward that effort. So far, $400,000 has been raised toward the Blewett match.

With the $2.5 million bequest, the school is now on pace to exceed its original centennial-year goal of adding $5 million in new scholarship dollars over ten years, with well over $4 million raised to date.

“We are extremely grateful for this remarkable gift and the continued generosity of our alumni and friends,” added Kirgis. “This type of philanthropy will place our school on a secure footing for decades  to come.”

Pictured above: Chelsea Bissell is just one law student who has benefited from a scholarship. Many more like her will thrive thanks to the anonymous donor’s bequest.