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The University of Montana Western Foundation exists to inspire generosity and connect donors with their passions in order to promote access and excellence in higher education at the University of Montana Western.

  • Avg. scholarship awarded FY17

    $996

  • Foundation support to UMW in FY17

    $1225900

  • Dollars raised in FY17

    $930500

  • Total scholarship support in FY17

    $278000


Celebrating 125 years with 125 stories! Whether you went to school at Montana State Normal College, Western Montana College of Education, Western Montana College, Western Montana College of the University of Montana or The University of Montana Western we want to hear your story. Share your story.


Art work by Karl Schwiesow

The University of Montana Western Fine Arts Gallery presents: 125 objects for 125 years. Celebrate the 125th anniversary by submitting your art into this invitational show of miniature works open to UMW students, alumni, faculty, staff and the wider Dillon community. Submit your art piece.


The University of Montana Western is always taking nominations for the following events to recognize our outstanding alumni and friends. If you know an outstanding individual that fit into these categories and fit the criteria please share your nomination today. Jane Helm Maddock Service Award, Education Hall of Fame, Distinguished Alumnus Service Award and Athletic Hall of Fame. See criteria and nominate here.


Public comment invited for the University of Montana Western continued accreditation

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) invites public comment about the University of Montana Western during its Year Seven Evaluation accreditation review. UMW is currently accredited by the NWCCU.  

News & Notes

Montana Western Alum and Wyoming Physical Education teacher, Shannon Hill goes big in small town Thermopolis by earning a $25,000 Milken Educator Award

The University of Montana Western Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Pioneer Federal Savings & Loan (PFS & L) Association Scholarship honoring Phyllis and Tom Welch.

A $1M federal Office of Indian Education grant supports a partnership between Blackfeet Community College (BCC), the Browning Public Schools and the University of Montana Western.

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