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High School Graduates Awarded The Youth Serve Montana Scholarship

The Governor’s Office of Community Service (ServeMontana), Reach Higher Montana, and Montana Campus Compact (MTCC) are pleased to announce 83 Montana high school seniors have been awarded a $1,200 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship.

The Youth Serve Montana Scholarship was created to promote volunteerism among high school students. Funds are available through support from Montana Campus Compact, a network of Montana campuses committed to community service; Reach Higher Montana, a nonprofit dedicated to helping students pursue and fund post-secondary education; and the Governor’s Office of Community Service, the state agency tasked with expanding and promoting community service in Montana. The Governor’s Office of Community Service administers the scholarship funds.

“We are excited to see another class of freshmen coming into Montana’s colleges and universities equipped with the passion and skills for community engagement,” said Josh Vanek, Executive Director of MTCC. “As we emerge from COVID, these students embody the spirit of service on Montana campuses.”

Scholarship recipients completed at least 50 hours of volunteer service during the past year. Many awardees exceeded 75 and even 100 hours.

“We are proud of these outstanding students and offer our sincere gratitude for their service across Montana,” said Kelly Cresswell, Executive Director of Reach Higher Montana.

Recipients that will be attending the University of Montana Western in the fall of 2022 include Hayden Hedges from Cut Bank High School, Mariya Tregidga from Butte Central Catholic High School, and Kya Wood from Flathead High School.

The Youth Serve Montana Scholarship is offered annually with the application opening each fall.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes national service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service. Visit for more information.

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