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Inspiring Stories

"I can breathe easy and focus on my studies, knowing the Tech community has my back. As a recipient of several scholarships, I can assure you, your investment will help many students like myself that cannot work during the school year or cannot afford tuition but want an education.

Thanks to annual donors, my dreams have come true at Montana Tech!"

-Kayla Ericson
Molecular Biology
Butte, MT

“I am currently a petroleum engineering student at Montana Tech, and an all-source intelligence analyst for the Montana Army National Guard. In my spare time, I like to be outdoors on a river or lake, riding my mountain bike, or hiking in the mountains.

Receiving the Resenergy Scholarship means that I will have to work less to pay my bills, leaving more time to focus on my studies. I want to thank Resenergy for the opportunity they provided to me, and hope that I will experience their kindness firsthand in the future.”

-SGT. Eugene Rintala
Petroleum Engineering
MT Army National Guard
Butte, MT

Carlos Martinez, Montana Tech student-athlete

"In high school I had the drive and G.P.A. for admission, but not the finances. Take it from a student who knows. Your contribution will help solve the obstacles standing in the way of their future. Montana Tech is the solution for students like me. And I couldn’t have afforded any of it without scholarships, supported by generous people like you.

Carlos Martinez
Civil Engineering
Coeur d'Alene, ID

“I am an aspiring engineer receiving a highly valued education from a critically acclaimed engineering university in the heart of my hometown, and I’m doing it for free. I say free because I personally have paid $0 out of pocket, but other generous families, alumni, and companies covered my education.

I do not take scholarships for granted because I know that not many people are fortunate enough to be able to say, 'I graduated college debt free.' Rather, I view scholarships as an investment. I like to believe those donors see opportunity in me, and I am doing my best to give back. I am able to do this because I don’t have to worry about dividing my attention between full-time jobs and school. I can focus on my academic studies, and remain sane. Many college students’ quality of health degrades in some way — physically, mentally, or socially — in order to make it through their classes, jobs, and extracurricular activities. I think the people of the Montana Tech Foundation understand the difficulties of college and try to make the student experience as enjoyable as possible with the aid of funding. I have had a healthy, successful college career, and I really owe it to the Montana Tech Foundation."

-Kelly Benton
Environmental Engineering
Butte, MT