Mid-Rivers Communications is proud to announce the award of 36 Scholarships to students from the Cooperative’s service area. Six $2,500 scholarships were awarded to students planning to attend Dawson Community College or Miles Community College, and 30 $2,000 scholarships were awarded to students planning to attend a four-year college or university, community college or tech school in the fall of 2022.  Preference was given in the scholarship award selection process to students who plan to live and work in Eastern and Central Montana after completing their education.

A $2,500 Dawson Community College/Miles Community College Scholarship has been awarded to the following recipients:

  • Caden Rhoads from Bighorn, stepson of Robert Strecker, will graduate from Custer High and attend MCC in Agribusiness.
  • Kaylee Hirsch from Miles City, daughter of Gary & Michelle Hirsch, will attend MCC in the Nursing program.
  • Shawna Eggert from Richey, daughter of Nancy Eggert, will attend DCC for Business Management.
  • Travis Stark, Baker, son of Mike & Cindy Stark, planning to go to MCC in the Meat Cutting program.
  • Tycie Phalen of Miles City, daughter of Rusty & Christa Phalen, will attend MCC for an Agribusiness degree.
  • William Phipps of Brusett, son of Rex & Kim Phipps, plans to attend MCC to become a Radiology Tech.

A $2,000 Mid-Rivers Higher Education Scholarship has been awarded to the following recipients:

  • Austin Brewer, Forsyth (Rock Springs exchange), daughter of Jason & Tanya Brewer, will go to Rocky Mountain College in Elementary Education.
  • Austyn Lockie of Circle, daughter of Nathan and Justina Tuttle, will go to Williston State College for Applied Health Science.
  • Brenna Murnion, Jordan, daughter of Lee and Toni Murnion, will attend Montana Tech in Nursing.
  • Camryn Zink-Patterson of Miles City, daughter of Kim Wangerin, will go to Sheridan College for Dental Hygiene.
  • Claire Frank of Sidney, daughter of Donald Frank, will attend Grand Canyon University for Biology/Pre-Med.
  • Darin Schallenberger, Ekalaka, son of LeRoy Schallenberger, will go to the University of Montana-Western to study Business Administration – Farm & Ranch Operations.
  • Elizabeth Donahue of Roundup, daughter of William Donahue, plans to go to Boston University to study Political Science.
  • Grace McDonald, Jordan, daughter of Donald and Amber McDonald, University of Montana-Western to study Business.
  • Hannah Brence, Miles City, daughter of Larry Brence, will attend MSU in the Nursing program.
  • Hayley Stahl of Roundup, daughter of Toby & Nannette Stahl, plans to attend Sheridan College to obtain an Agriculture degree.
  • Jaelyn Quenzer from Baker, daughter of Jay & Lori Quenzer, plans to get an online degree from Dickinson State in Applied Science.
  • Josiah Hull, Glendive, son of Matt & Amy Hull, will attend Dickinson State in Elementary Education.
  • Kane Knudson, son of Curt and Melissa Knudson of Glendive, is currently attending the South Dakota School of Mines for Mechanical Engineering.
  • Laney Jones of Miles City, daughter of Ryan and Nicole Jones, will go to Dickinson State to study Ag Business.
  • Mackenzie Serrano, Roundup, daughter of Jason & Brenda Serrano, plans to attend MSU for Animal Science and Ag Education.
  • Makayla Kombol from Roundup, daughter of Casey & Michelle Kombol, will attend Montana Tech in Health & Exercise Science.
  • Megan Asbeck from Fairview, daughter of Pat & Donetta Asbeck, will go to Dickinson State in Biology/Pre-Med.
  • Micayla Miske, daughter of Robert and Dara Miske, is currently attending Dickinson State for Nursing.
  • Molly Eaton, Terry, daughter of Shane and Tylene Eaton, will attend Rocky Mountain College for Pre-Veterinary Science.
  • Myles Stinnett, Glendive, son of Jackie Stinnett, will go to MSU for Wildlife Biology & Ecology.
  • Olivia Fletes, Circle, daughter of Benjamin and Lisa Fletes, will attend MSU Northern for Biology.
  • Parker Buckley of Glendive, son of Ryan & Aletha Buckley, is going to Dickinson State for Physical Education.
  • Rhett Hoffer from Glendive, son of Vaughn & Desiree Hoffer, will go to Montana Tech to study Mechanical Engineering.
  • Rowan Ellingson, Sidney, daughter of Daren and Erin Ellingson, will go to Casper College to study Ag Business.
  • Sierra Nagle, Circle, daughter of Lindsey Williams, plans to attend North Dakota State in the Pharmacy program.
  • Skyler David from Miles City, daughter of Jonathan & Carrie David, will go to Wyoming’s Northwest College in the Nursing Program.
  • Suttyn Barnhart, Sidney, daughter of Thomas & Jeana Barnhart, plans to attend University of Mary in Nursing.
  • Thomas Brandon, Lewistown, son of Luke & Meghan Brandon, plans to go to the University of Montana for Business Management.
  • Tori Murnion of Jordan, daughter of Maury & Carla Murnion, will attend University of Montana-Western in Business Administration.
  • Trudi Speldrich, Sidney, granddaughter of Vicky and Ty Edelman, will attend MSU for Chemical Engineering.

“Mid-Rivers is committed to the communities we serve, and the Mid-Rivers Higher Education Scholarship is one of the many ways we are able to show that commitment,” stated General Manager/CEO Michael Candelaria. “This year’s $75,000 in scholarships will allow us to have a positive impact on the lives of 36 students and families from Eastern and Central Montana.”

Mid-Rivers will award fifteen (15) additional $1,000 scholarships to area students through a drawing at the Cooperative’s Annual Meeting on May 24, 2022, at the Garfield County High School Gym in Jordan, MT.   To qualify for the scholarship drawing, the student must:

  • attend the Annual Meeting with a parent or guardian who is a Cooperative Member (requires a signed Membership Application that has been approved by the Board of Trustees and active local telephone or Internet service from Mid-Rivers),
  • be enrolled to attend a higher education institution in the fall of 2022,
  • provide PROOF of full-time enrollment at the Annual Meeting,
  • sign up at the Scholarship Registration table at the Annual Meeting, and
  • be present during the Business Meeting when the drawing takes place.

Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. and close at the start of the Business Meeting at 11:00 a.m. The fifteen scholarship recipients will be drawn at random from the list of eligible students attending the meeting.  Interested students may contact Mid-Rivers at 1-800-452-2288 to verify membership prior to attending the meeting in Jordan or for more information.