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2020-21 Chancellor’s Leadership Scholars Announced

April 20, 2020

The Chancellor’s Leadership Scholars Award is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship awarded to exceptional students residing in the state of Montana who will be attending the University of Montana Western in the fall.

Montana Western is proud to announce the five following high school seniors as the 2020-21 award recipients: 

Jodi Cameron

Cameron is a cross-country and track athlete coming from just outside of Manhattan, Mont. She was a member of the National Honor Society and enjoys exploring nature in her free time. Planning on becoming a physical therapist, Cameron will be pursuing a degree in Kinesiology at Montana Western.

Justin Tofflemire

Tofflemire has been an active member of multiple clubs throughout his time at Capital High School in Helena, Mont. As president of the Science Club, he helped to create a community science summer camp for kids. In his time away from school, he enjoys the great outdoors through horseback riding and playing with his dogs.

Hayden Kunhardt

Kunhardt is originally from New York and moved to Montana six years ago. After living in Glendive, Mont., Kunhardt is currently in Missoula, Mont., learning how to train mustangs at the Wild 2 Ride Academy. In high school, Kunhardt participated in Key Club and National Honor Society. She is planning on majoring in Fine Arts once at Montana Western this fall.

Ruby Stenberg

Stenberg is a hardworking, outdoors loving student who has spent ten years in 4-H while growing up in Manhattan, Mont. She has been heavily involved in extracurricular activities in school including multiple sports, the Student Council and National Honor Society. Stenberg also was a participant in the Red Ants Pants Foundation’s Girls Leadership Program, which inspired her to help increase women’s leadership skills in rural communities. Stenberg plans on pursuing an elementary education degree at Montana Western and hopes to make a difference as an educator and a coach in a rural Montana community.

Talya Fletes

Fletes is graduating from Circle High School with a passion for showing horses and competitive shooting. During her time in High School, Fletes participated in many clubs such as 4-H, Business Professionals of America (BPA) and National Honor Society. She has competed in national competitions in both BPA and in competitive shooting. Fletes is coming to Montana Western and plans on majoring in Natural Horsemanship and Business Administration.

“We look forward to welcoming these high-achieving students to Montana Western,” said Chancellor Beth Weatherby. “They are fascinating, talented individuals who will add so much to our community. Congratulations to all five recipients of this well-deserved award that recognizes leadership and scholarship.”