‘This is what’s possible’: UM Rhodes Scholar an emblem for his community


It’s rare to find yourself in a room with one Rhodes Scholar, let alone two. Unless that room is located on the University of Montana’s campus, where a UM senior was just awarded the nation’s most prestigious academic fellowship.

Kolter Stevenson of Amsterdam, Montana, joined UM President Seth Bodnar this week as one of the very select few to be recognized as Rhodes Scholars. He’s the first UM student in 30 years to earn this recognition.

Out of more than 800 students across the U.S. who were nominated for the illustrious scholarship this year, just 32 were selected for the honor.

“It’s going to open up incredible opportunities for Kolter,” Bodnar said. “The essence of the Rhodes Scholarship is that it’s for people who are committed to fighting the world’s fight. People define that in different ways, but it’s a group of incredibly smart, talented, committed people who are focused on making the world a better place.”

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Stevenson, who maintained a 4.0 GPA in four majors and volunteered overnight as a firefighter/EMT, certainly fits that bill. To Bodnar, Stevenson’s success is emblematic of the many opportunities

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