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When the Baileys opted to avoid student debt while Douglas earned his architecture degree, a scholarship meant the world to them. Ever since, they've been committed to giving back to future MSU students.
The walls of Brian Walter's home are covered in stories. Whether it is a framed painting or picture by a favorite artist or a collection of local objects from around the world, each piece has a tale of where it was found and how it was acquired.
Dr. Jerry Coffey, Professor Emeritus in the Department of English, came to Montana State University in 1972 seeking the allure of the mountains and an institution where he could thrive and pursue his research interests.
Julianne Bye knew for many years that she wanted to leave a lasting legacy for students at Montana State. "I always knew I would—in fact I wish I had done it sooner," said Julianne.
In January, Larry and Maureen Gamble, of Overland Park, Kansas, worked with the MSU Alumni Foundation to expand their bequest in support of the University. In addition to supporting the Library's Trout and Salmonid Collection, they also wished to establish scholarship for students in the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship.
When Loren Schillinger ('75, Chemical Engineering) tells his story it always circles back to his time at Montana State University. Loren attributes almost all of his successes to his origins at MSU, as a chemical engineer.
In June, Marla Patterson worked with the MSU Alumni Foundation to document a bequest in her living trust. The gift, valued at $66,000, will be directed to the College of Nursing.
When Victoria Barnick visited campus in October, it was her first time back on the hill since she graduated. Victoria had planned to support MSU through her estate, but meeting with students and professors showed her the impact she can make today.
The Impact of Giving
By making room for MSU in your will, you can help shape the lives of MSU students—students like Reisa Walker. Read about how donor Harriette E. Cushman has made an impact on students at MSU for over 40 years, including recent student Reisa.
Cody and Joycelyn Christman enjoy their Montana cabin getaway. Living in the hustle of Denver and their busy careers, the Christmans relish time spent in the Montana quiet, close to where Cody ('91, Electrical Engineering) grew up.
Megan McGill is a senior studying plant biology at MSU. She works in the Herbarium on campus, where she has helped maintain the extensive collection of plant specimens.