Balancing act: University of Montana student-athlete named Truman Scholar

Skylar Rispens

There is something to be gleaned from the University of Montana’s most recent Harry S. Truman Scholarship recipient, Beatrix Frissell.

She’s a grounded and patient leader, who manages rigorous academic goals with the high demands of being a Division I cross country and track athlete running upward of 60 miles a week without missing a workout.

She pursues any opportunity for self-improvement through mentorship with programs at the university like the Davidson Honors College, Mansfield Center, Global Leadership Initiative, the Safe, Empowered, Accelerated Change Cohort and many others. Raised in Polson, Frissell is currently a junior pursuing a double major in environmental science and sustainability and political science.

She heaps all of these onto her plate with persistence and an overarching goal in mind — to one day serve her home state.

“I think growing up in Montana, caring for the environment was just kind of a natural part of that,” Frissell said. “I grew up in such a beautiful place and on the Flathead Indian Reservation where there’s more environmental protection on the land and that was all really valuable for me and something that I knew was important.”

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