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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.

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Latest News

The University of Montana Western’s 127th Annual Commencement Ceremony, to be held on Saturday, May 4th, will honor Sharon Anderson with the University’s Alumni Distinguished Service Award.

The University of Montana Western will honor Education Professor Dr. Laura Straus with the William C. Bagley Distinguished Education Faculty Award at the 11th Annual Night of Stars on April 20, 2024. As the inaugural recipient of this award, Dr. Straus is celebrated for her outstanding service, leadership, teaching, mentorship, and scholarship.

The University of Montana Western’s eighth annual Colt Challenge and Sale, held March 29 and 30 at the Montana Center for Horsemanship, generated $208,124 for the UMW Natural Horsemanship program.

Contact the UMW Foundation at (406) 683-7305 or (406) 683-7306 or by email at

The University of Montana Western is always looking for nominations for the following recognition events in order to acknowledge our outstanding alumni and friends. If you know an outstanding individual who meets the criteria of the following categories, please share your nomination with us today. Jane Helm Maddock Service Award, Education Hall of Fame, Distinguished Alumni Service Award and Athletic Hall of Fame. See criteria and nominate here.