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ServeMontana announces 2018 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship

Scholarship benefits Montana high schoolers who serve their communities, want to attend school in-state.

HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service, Reach Higher Montana, and Montana Campus Compact are pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship, the groups announced today.

The $1,000 scholarship is offered to 100 Montana students attending Montana Campus Compact member institutions who have demonstrated commitment to volunteerism and community service by volunteering at least 100 hours during the last year.

The application form, guidelines, and FAQs can be found online at Youth Serve Montana.

"These students have given so much to their communities, and I'm glad we can give them something back while helping to foster a lifelong commitment to service," Dan Ritter, Executive Director of the Office of Community Service, said. "Helping students stay in-state for school and continue making Montana a better place to live is something we can all be proud of."

Applications close January 31, 2018, and early submissions are highly encouraged.

The Governor's Office Community Service expands and promotes national servivce and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness.  Montana Campus Compact is Montana's largest higher education network and works to improve community life by educating students for civic and social responsibility. Reach Higher Montana guides, prepares and supports Montana students in their efforts to reach their potential through higher education.

ServeMontana accepting nominations for inaugural Abby M. Zent Recognition

Recognition honors AmeriCorps VISTA alums dedicated to service others

HELENA, MT- The Governor's Office of Community Service, in partnership with Karen and Leroy Zent, is accepting nominations for the inaugural Abby M. Zent Recognition, the office announced today.

Provided in memory of Abby M. Zent, the recognition honors those who, like Abby, have dedicated their lives to service and volunteerism.  Abby served two terms in AmeriCorps VISTA with the Prevention Resource Center, and volunteered with programs like Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, and the Humane Society.

Montanans who have served with AmeriCorps VISTA, and continue to show a spirit of service throughout their lives, are eligible. To nominate an individual, visit

Recognitions are provided to at least two Montanans, one of whom is over the age of 55. Well suited nominees are purposeful, mission-driven individuals who have demonstrated sustained service to others, and inspire others to make service part of their lives, particularly in the areas of safe & affordable housing, youth leadership development, and arts & culture.

Nominations are accepted through December 31, 2017, and individuals selected will be honored at the ServeMontana Symposium in Helena next March.

The Governor's Office of Community Service expands and promotes national service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness.