Scholarship Money in Short Supply

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – The financial aid director at the University of Montana says high school seniors graduating next May will have a tougher time getting scholarships because of the uncertain economy.

The UM Foundation recently launched a campaign to raise $1.2 million to shore up its scholarship program. The foundation says 1,000 UM students are at risk of losing their scholarships in the coming school year.

Mick Hanson is financial aid director at the university. He says seniors couldn’t pick a worse time to graduate. But he says officials at UM hope to preserve as many scholarships as they can.