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MSF Awards 20 Scholarship

Friday, January 14, 2022 | 99 | 0

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:          January 14, 2022


CONTACT:                                        Ethan Heverly

eheverly@safemt.gov or (406) 544-8287



Program in its 5th Year Has Awarded More Than $300,000

HELENA, MT - In 2017, Montana State Fund (MSF) proudly created the Growing a Safer Montana (GSM) program to support and foster a safer Montana through the next generation of safety leaders. Historically, Montana ranks among the highest in the nation in workplace accidents and fatalities. GSM aims to improve this standing through two pillars of the program. One pillar is providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) grants provided to Montana high school and middle school trades classes.

The second pillar of GSM provides scholarships for higher education to students entering Occupational Safety and Health/Industrial Hygiene or trades and industry careers. MSF is proud to announce the 2022 winners of the Growing a Safer Montana Scholarship:

Montana Tech:

Cara O'Donnell: Billings, Montana

Layne Willis: Laurel, Montana

McKenna Kaelber: Pasco, Washington

Sadiq Inuwa: Nigeria

Brie Birkenbuel: Butte, Montana

City College at MSU-Billings

Daniel Geiger: Billings, Montana

Aaniiih Nakoda College in Fort Belknap

Derek Bell: Chinook, Montana

Missoula College of the University of Montana

Adrianna Morgan: Missoula, Montana

Kevin Conard: Missoula, Montana

Garret Fox: Missoula, Montana

Flathead Valley Community College:

Tyler Hanson: Columbia Falls, Montana

Elizabeth Mathiason: Kalispell, Montana

Great Falls College MSU

Chase Tay: Great Falls, Montana

Brian Tucker: Browning, Montana

Highlands College of Montana Tech-Butte

Casey Hager: Butte, Montana

Shawn Douglass: Butte, Montana

Helena College-University of Montana

Jamar West: Helena, Montana

Cody Lentz: Helena, Montana

Yowel Moffett: Wolf Creek, Montana

Christian Pavelka: Helena, Montana

In the five years since its inception, MSF has proudly awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships to students for higher education and given more than $100,000 in PPE grants to high schools and junior high schools across Montana.



Montana State Fund is Montana's Largest Workers' Compensation Insurance Company,

Insuring Approximately 25,000 Montana Businesses and Organizations.