N3 VA Graduation

Valier High School Counselor Roni Habel reads the long list of scholarship awards received by Marissa Kuka, including the $73,000 Carroll College Trustee Award, which is applied to her education costs at Carroll over the next four years. Collectively, the Class of 2019 was awarded more than $122,000 in scholarships.

Eleven Valier High School graduates from the Class of 2019 received generous scholarships through the Valier Community Scholarship Fund totaling $16,600 and $105,560 in outside scholarships to help fund their post-secondary education endeavors.

Students who apply for scholarships through the Valier Community Scholarship Fund are judged based upon leadership, scholastic achievement, financial need, citizenship, community service and any other criteria specified by the donor.

This year’s scholarship recipients and the scholarships they received are listed below:

DeLaney Aiken will be attending Montana State University in Bozeman where she will study Ag Education Leadership. She received the following scholarships: $200 Harry and Eyvon Swanson Memorial, $500 Gene and Grace Egan Award, $100 St. Francis PCCW and the $1,000 Salsbury Scholarship.

Coralee Bock will attend Grand Canyon University this fall and study Biology and the Pre-Physicians Assistant Program. Among the scholarships she was awarded: $300 Joann McFarland Memorial, $1,000 Diede Family Scholarship, $500 Valier Education Foundation, $200 Valier Area Development Corporation, $1,000 Beck Foundation, $3,375 Provost Scholarship and $500 Priority Registration Scholarship.

Spencer Briggs will continue his post-secondary education at Brigham Young University-Idaho where he will study Animal Science and minor in Welding. Spencer received the $200 Roger Hammer Skills USA Scholarship, along with the $300 Dupuyer Community Club, $500 Valier Education Foundation, $500 Pondera County Economic Development Corporation and $10,000 Jack and Hester Rae Family Scholarships.

Tomi Calf Robe will attend Blackfeet Community College and study Health Science. She received  the $500 3Rivers Communication and $250 Pepsi Scholarships.

Matthew Connelly will attend the Montana State University-Bozeman and will study Ag Business. He was awarded the following scholarships: $300 Stockman Bank of Conrad, $100 St. Francis PCCW, $200 Donald and Margaret Christiaens Memorial, $200 Mountain Front 4-H Award, $200 Cenex Harvest States, $400 Valier Mat Burners Wrestling Club, $150 Valier Women’s Community Club and $1,000 Warren Edward and Phyllis Sullivan Howe Scholarship.

Marissa Kuka will attend Carroll College where she will study Secondary Education and English and Creative Writing. Kuka received several local community scholarships, including $500 Gene and Grace Egan Award, $200 NorthWestern Energy, $100 St. Francis PCCW, $1,000 Meagan Widhalm Memorial, $200 Odd Fellows Lodge #97, $8,500 Montana Advantage Scholarship and $73,000 (over four years) Carroll College Trustee Award.

Teia Lackner will attend MSU-Billings where she will study Elementary Education. She was awarded the following: $300 Stockman Bank of Conrad, The Valierian’s $500 Quin Loendorf Memorial Scholarship, $200 American Legion Auxiliary, $250 Valier High School “V” Club, $300 Ray Widhalm Memorial, $500 Ron and Quin Loendorf Memorial, $250 American Legion Emmett Ryan Post #36, $150 Heisey Award, $500 Goff Family Memorial, $500 Pondera County Economic Development Corporation, $250 Valier Federation of Teachers, $200 Donna and Deidre Wenzel, $200 Donald and Margaret Christiaens Memorial, $500 Central Montana Yellowjacket Scholarship, $1,000 Katherine L. Morningstar Traditional Endowment and $750 MSU-B Excellence Scholarship.

Shiloh Neal plans to study Ag Business at Sheridan College/Northern Wyoming Community College. She was awarded a $200 Mountain Front 4-H Scholarship, $500 Justin Field Memorial Scholarship, $100 Ben Taylor, Inc. Scholarship, $4,935 Sheridan College Scholarship/Grant and $1,000 Sheridan Ag Scholarship.

Aidan Smith is planning to go to the University of Montana-Western in Dillon to study Performance Music. He received the following: $150 Panther Booster Club, $500 Ron and Quin Loendorf Memorial, $500 Farrington Family Memorial and $150 Heisey Award. Aidan also received the Leonard Bernstein Music Award.

JD Wood is undecided on his field of study but will attend the Blackfeet Community College. He received the $300 Dupuyer Community Club and $250 Pepsi Scholarships.

Julia Winney plans attend Great Falls College-MSU and take General Studies. She received $250 American Legion Emmett Ryan Post #36 scholarship.

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