Dollars for Scholarships drive coming


The 23rd annual Custer County Educational Foundation’s Dollars for Scholarships Phone-a-thon will be Monday and Tuesday, March 3 and 4, in Miles City.

Between 6:30 and 8:30 each evening, juniors and seniors at Custer County District High School will call on local residents for their support in funding the mission of CCEF to help the youth of Miles City receive higher education. The funds raised during this annual event are designated for the Dollars for Scholarships program sponsored by CCEF to award scholarships.

The sites from which students will be making phone calls are Stockman Bank, First Interstate Bank, Miles Community College and the W.A. Mitchell Agency.

The CCEF is a locally operated and supported non-profit, tax-exempt scholarship foundation. It is administered by an all-volunteer board of directors. 

Members of the CCEF Board are Scott Tally, president; Tara Andrews, secretary; Wendee Essex, treasurer; and Corina Berry, Dannette Cremer, Monte Larson, Tom Albers, Jack Regan, Karl Drga, Don Griffin, Jamie Ogolin, Tad Torgerson, Ted Herzog and Keith Campbell, board members.

The purpose of CCEF is to expand access to educational opportunities by involving and assisting Miles City residents in the support of students and encouragement of educational achievement.

“I am honored to be serving on this board because it has such a worthy purpose,” said Berry. “It is gratifying to see it helps so many graduating seniors.”

Since its start in 1991, the foundation has helped local students receive college educations by awarding roughly $965,600 to local and area students.

The first scholarship, which was awarded in 1992, was for $500. Over the last 23 years, the foundation members have worked hard at continuing to raise the scholarship amount and increase the amount of scholarships presented each year.

Two years ago the scholarship amount was increased to $1,200. In recent years, more than 25 percent of students in each graduating class have received CCEF scholarships.

“With the cost of tuition, books and all the extras to be in a nursing program, I was very grateful for the scholarship from the CCEF, ” said Ariel Chapman, MCC freshman and 2013 CCDHS graduate. “It definitely helped me.”

This year, 12 sophomore scholarships for the 2014-2015 school year will be awarded to second-year college students who are graduates of CCDHS. These students must have received CCEF scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year.

Any contribution of any size puts CCDHS graduates one step closer to reaching their educational expectations. Anyone who is not contacted during this year’s Dollars for Scholarships Phone-a-thon may make a donation by mailing it to: Custer County Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 1092, Miles City, MT 59301. More information is available at the foundation’s Web site: