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UMW Student Awarded 2022-23 George M. Dennison Civic Engagement Scholarship 

March 9, 2023

Montana Campus Compact, a network of higher education institutions committed to promoting civic and community engagement, is proud to announce the 2023 George M. Dennison Civic Engagement Scholarship recipients.

UMW Student Awarded 2022-23 George M. Dennison Civic Engagement Scholarship 

The scholarship program, created in honor of the late George M. Dennison, aims to encourage students to become active and responsible citizens through community service and leadership. Dennison was president of the University of Montana (1990-2010) and a co-founder of the Montana Campus Compact.

This year, ten students, including University of Montana Western student, John Mears, were awarded $1,000 scholarships in recognition of their outstanding contributions to their communities. The recipients were selected based on their dedication to serving others, leadership qualities, and potential to impact their communities positively.

“These talented, driven students are actively making positive impacts in their communities, and we’re privileged to support them and their good work,” said Josh Vanek, Executive Director of Montana Campus Compact. “The George M. Dennison Civic Engagement Scholarships embody the spirit of civic engagement, and we are proud to support these students in achieving their goals.”


John Mears, University of Montana Western
Bridgette Shields, Aaniiih Nakoda College
Brandi Harwood, Blackfeet Community College
Shelby Smith, Montana State University
Melia Swirsky, Montana State University
Nicholas Verlanic, Montana Technological University
Shaylie Pierson, Montana State University Billings
Freeman Voyles, Montana State University-Northern
Samantha McNair, Salish Kootenai College
Maria Kouidi, University of Montana

For more information on Montana Campus Compact and the George M. Dennison Civic Engagement Scholarships, please visit