Montana Farmers Union Awards Academic Scholarships
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2004
GREAT FALLS, MT - The Montana Farmers Union recently awarded two $500 academic scholarships and Chouteau County Farmers Union awarded one $500 academic scholarship to 2004 high school graduates across Montana. The scholarships are awarded based on the applicants scholastic achievement, school involvement, community service, and an essay describing their goals.
Natasha Vidrine received a MFU scholarship for $500. Vidrine is a Billings West High School graduate with plans to attend Montana State University in Bozeman majoring in business. In high school Vidrine was active in sports and was the historian for the German Club. In 2003 Vidrine received the Farmers Union Torchbearer award, the highest award given to MFU senior youth, she has volunteered as camp dean, and was a member of the 2004 summer camp staff. Vidrine also is a MFU Senior Youth Advisory Board member and is on the NFU Youth Advisory Council. She is the daughter of Brenda Vidrine and Kip Vidrine, Billings.
Allen Beard received a MFU scholarship for $500. Beard is a Belgrade High School graduate with plans to attend Montana State University in Bozeman and major in Farm/Ranch Management and minor in Agricultural Business. Beard was a high school honor student, and president of both FFA and 4-H for the last two years of high school. He is the son of Jerry and Lila Beard of Belgrade.
Kaylee Shaw received a Chouteau County Farmers Union scholarship for $500. She is a Fort Benton High School graduate with plans to attend Carroll College this fall and participate in the women's basketball program. In high school Shaw was an honor student and Valedictorian, who also excelled in sports. Shaw's family have farmed and ranched in Chouteau County since the early 1900s. She is the daughter of Kevin and Karen Shaw of Fort Benton.