The Institute for Educational Opportunities is a consortium of programs developed to provide K-12 and college students with the tools and support they need to achieve success in higher education. The Institute for Educational Opportunities houses AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society), AmeriCorps, Trio Student Support Services, Talent Search, and Upward Bound which celebrated their 25th Anniversary in 2019!
The common thread of all of the Institute for Education Opportunities work is to allow for opportunities for first generation students. We recognize a special obligation to the youth of Butte. It's our goal to put more of the city's sons and daughters on the path to a college degree and a bright future. Many of these young men and women will be the first in their families to attend college. We want to give them the chance to BE THE FIRST! They have what it takes to succeed, mirroring the qualities that make Butte itself such a special place: strong family values, a tireless work ethic, a purposeful, goal-oriented outlook and a knack for getting things done.
We are thankful to the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, in conjunction with Montana Resources, who saw our vision and made a $597,000 gift to Montana Tech to create the Montana Resources Opportunity Scholarship for students who graduate from high schools in Butte. This gift is creating opportunities for Butte students to pursue their education by funding three full-ride scholarships for graduates of high schools in Butte to seek any four-year degree at Montana Tech.
As part of this year's DayOne, the Institute for Educational Opportunities wants to continue this momentum with the Butte Endowed Scholarship and help advance Butte students and our community at large. Raising funds for the Butte Endowed Scholarship will allow Montana Technological University to expand local recruitment efforts and raise our profile as a first choice university. It will also provide scholarships for students who otherwise could not afford to attend college. Students selected to receive the Butte Endowed Scholarship will be awarded a full scholarship to allow them to focus on their education.
The ultimate goal is to establish a $2.5 million endowment that will positively impact students in Butte for years to come. We are grateful for several leadership gifts that have put us on the path to that goal and want to share the opportunity for you to become involved and invest in the youth of our community.
You can be certain that an investment in the Butte Endowed Scholarship is an investment in the city's youth today and for generations to come.
Gifts made to the Butte Endowed Scholarship during DayOne will be matched 1:1 up to $12,500 thanks to Butte natives and Montana Tech alumni James and Michele Tangaro and Micheal and Ann O'Keefe.
Please consider joining with the Institute of Education Opportunities today making a gift during DayOne to the Butte Endowed Scholarship.
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