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Montana Western’s Jonah Lindsey Receives Student Volunteer Award

University of Montana Western student Jonah Lindsey was recently awarded the 2024 Montana Student Volunteer Award for civic engagement and volunteerism. The award is presented through a partnership between the Governor’s Office of Community Service and Montana Campus Compact.

The Montana Student Volunteer Award (MSVA) recognizes the exceptional dedication and commitment of college students across the state who have demonstrated outstanding service to their communities while pursuing their academic goals. Lindsey was one of eighteen Montana college students to receive the award. 

Lindsey will be a senior this fall and is majoring in Ecology with a Fish & Wildlife option. Since coming to Montana Western, he has been committed to serving the university and the Dillon community. He has significantly contributed to the growth of the UMW Honors Student Association, actively promoting the Honors Program by organizing and participating in fundraising events to support student travel to the annual Western Regional Honors Council (WRHC) Conference. As a primary promoter at the last three X-Day/Preview Day events, Lindsey has played a crucial role in showcasing the benefits of the Honors Program. Additionally, he founded the Babble Society, UMW’s language club, to foster language learning and cultural appreciation among students.

“It’s easy to feel self-doubt while doing volunteer work or outreach, as the impacts often take weeks, months, or even years to become visible. However, recognitions like this affirm that our hard work is making a difference,” said Lindsey. “When it comes to promoting ecology, sustainability, and supporting youth, I feel like I’m just getting started. I couldn’t have achieved this without the support of my relatives, close friends, and the young people in my community. I look forward to all we will accomplish together in the future.”

The University of Montana Western is proud to recognize Lindsey’s contributions, which have made a positive impact on the UMW community and beyond.

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