UMW News Bureau
University of Montana Western mathematics major Nathan Boll is the recipient of two major scholarships: a Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) 2012-2013 Space Grant Scholarship and a 2012-2013 Great Lakes Loan Servicing Center Science Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship.
Both scholarships are on top of the $3,000 Carl & Martha Davis Scholarship Boll received in spring 2012 for the 2012/2013 academic year through the UMW Foundation.
The MSGC scholarship amounts to $1,500 and it is the second year in a row Boll has received this scholarship. Boll recently spent the 2012 summer as an intern at the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL). The internship was sponsored by the Montana Space Grant Consortium and made a major mark on the mathematics major; he will soon be applying to graduate schools to pursue a Ph.D. in astrophysics.
The Great Lakes STEM Scholarship is in the amount of $2,500. For Boll, the scholarships and his education at Montana Western are helping to make a dream come true.
“Returning to college as a non-traditional student has changed my life in extraordinary ways and has opened the door to a bright future,” Boll said of his education and scholarships.
“Returning to college as a non-traditional student has changed my life in extraordinary ways and has opened the door to a bright future,” Boll said of his education and scholarships. “I could not have achieved nearly as much, however, without the support of Montana Western’s faculty and staff and the generosity of benefactors who made my scholarships possible.”
Since transferring to Montana Western in 2010, Boll has been a member of the UMW TRiO program. TRiO is part of a federal program aiming to increase the college retention and graduation rates of students. Originally created in 1965, the program now consists of seven distinct federally funded student programs. The Student Support Services (SSS) program provides support to first-generation college and low-income students as well as to students with physical and learning challenges. Boll qualifies for TRiO under two of the program’s criteria: he is the first generation in his immediate family to attend college and he demonstrated financial need.
Now in his senior year, Boll has taken full advantage of his experience at Montana Western. He has been a part of two winning teams in a national code-breaking competition; helped to establish the UMW cryptography and rugby teams; served two terms on the UMW Student Senate; serves as the music director of KDWG Campus Radio; and worked as a computer lab technician in Montana Western’s Mac lab as well as a Student Services Residence Hall Director. And all of this while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
In a thank you letter to the Great Lakes Loan Servicing Center, Boll summed up his experience and his passion to maximize his great potential.
“I look forward to the day when I can give back to the academic community that has given so much to me, and I will work diligently to honor your gift,” Boll wrote.