Montana State Fund donates $150K to scholarship program

Phil Drake

Montana State Fund on Thursday announced a matching donation of up-to $150,000 over five years to Kids’ Chance of Montana, which gave a $4,000 scholarship to the daughter of a Montana Highway Patrol trooper injured in the line of duty.

Mia Palmer, the 18-year-old daughter of Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer, received the money. Palmer was severely injured by a gunshot wound to the head while in pursuit of a murder suspect in 2019.

Kids’ Chance is a non-profit organization established nationwide to help dependents of workers who have been injured or killed on the job with their higher education goals. Montana’s chapter was established in 2017 — since its inception, Kids’ Chance of Montana has raised more than $365,000 and awarded scholarships to 28 students totaling more than $185,000.

Palmer’s wife Lindsey came with Mia from Stevensville to attend Thursday’s check presentation from State Fund to Kids’ Chance. The $4,000 scholarship will be put toward Mia’s tuition.

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