UMW Foundation Announces Establishment of Scholarship in Honor of Doris Richard

“Doris was an amazing mentor and loyal friend. She will be remembered for generously giving her time and talents to the Dillon community. Establishing this scholarship is a way to continue her legacy,” said Dillon Garden Club President, Mary Kemph.  

A 1942 graduate of Montana State Normal College, (now the University of Montana Western), Doris loved the outdoors and was instrumental in establishing and keeping the Dillon Garden Club an active and engaged community service organization. The scholarship will be awarded for the first time for the upcoming academic year. 

“The family of Doris Richard would like to thank the Dillon Garden Club. It is such an honor to recognize our mom and her dedication to the club and Montana Western which will be remembered because of this scholarship.”

The $500 award will be gifted annually by the UMW Scholarship Committee to a full-time student majoring in Environmental Sciences, in good standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  

“Montana Western is incredibly grateful for the scholarship support and the opportunity to honor Doris and her legacy with the Dillon Garden Club,” said Foundation Executive Director, Roxanne Engellant.  

For over 35 years, the Dillon Garden Club has been serving the Dillon community. With over 30 members, the club hosts monthly workshops, provides garden tours to the community during the summer months, and maintains the Blue Star Memorial Garden to honor past, current, and future members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Members also serve the community by leading annual youth floral design classes and sponsor several awards and events at the Beaverhead County Fair. The Annual Arts and Crafts Fair held in October is the club’s largest fundraising event.

To learn more about this scholarship opportunity and the University of Montana Western Foundation, please contact Roxanne Engellant: 406-683-7305 or