Montana Western Foundation Announces Establishment of Murphy Involvement Legacy Scholarship

Loran was an active student on the UMW campus, serving in multiple roles including Resident Assistant, Bulldog Ambassador, ACES (Assistant Coach for Excellence and Success) which supports student retention and mentorship, and as a member of the Peers Advocating Towards Health (PATH) student organization.

“We are excited about the positive impact this scholarship will have on the UMW community, encouraging and supporting students who not only excel academically but also actively contribute to campus life,” said Roxanne Engellant, Executive Director of the UMW Foundation. “Loran had a tremendous impact on Montana Western as a student and this scholarship will continue that legacy by supporting a student annually who demonstrates similar qualities.” 

The Murphy Involvement Legacy Scholarship will offer a $500 award, beginning with the 2023-2024 academic year (spring only), and will be an annual scholarship thereafter. This scholarship will recognize and support outstanding students who exemplify commitment to both academic excellence and active participation in the UMW community. To qualify for consideration, students must uphold a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate active engagement with the UMW campus community. Preference will be given to candidates who are actively employed while pursuing their studies. The scholarship recipient for each academic year will be determined by the scholarship committee in collaboration with Loran Murphy.

“A significant factor in my academic success was the support I received from scholarships, as they represented the generosity of those who graciously donated funds to make them available,” said Loran. “I couldn’t think of a more meaningful way to pay forward the incredible blessings I’ve received than to establish my own scholarship. I was inspired to see what I could do to support the next person!”

The University of Montana Western Foundation is proud to announce Raina Mortenson as the inaugural recipient of the Murphy Involvement Legacy Scholarship.

For more information about scholarship opportunities at Montana Western, please contact Roxanne Engellant: 406-683-7305 or