Jeannette Rankin Foundation offers new scholarship for Native students in MT

Amanda Miller speaks during the Jeannette Rankin Foundation’s annual STAR Party at the University of Montana in November 2022. Miller was helped by the foundation’s monetary support for women over 35 who demonstrate financial need to pursue their first college degree.

TOM BAUER, Missoulian

The Jeannette Rankin Foundation earlier this month launched the Native Woman Program for Montana Indigenous students.

The program will award up to 60 education grants to women 25 and older attending tribal colleges in Montana.

The individual $2,500 grants are unrestricted and will be awarded directly to students, allowing them to use the funding in whatever way is most needed to reach graduation.

Mary Jane Bradbury performs a historical re-enactment of Jeannette Rankin’s role in the suffrage movement and her political work to empower women.

TOM BAUER, Missoulian

Ahwahnee Williams of Ronan is a current Rankin Foundation Scholar and the Native woman program coordinator. She’s also a student at Salish Kootenai College working toward a bachelor’s degree in Tribal historic preservation.

“Women students who are 25 and older are often juggling family, work and school,” Williams

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