Thanks to a handful of close friends, alumni and personal connections, an endowment has been established in honor of University of Montana President George Dennison and his wife, Jane.
The money will create an endowment to pay for doctoral fellowships in the history department. Already, 50 donors have contributed $850,000. Dennison, who is scheduled to retire in August as UM's longest-serving president, earned a bachelor's and master's degrees in history from UM in the 1960s.
Beginning June 1, the next phase of fundraising will commence. All alumni who graduated after 1990 - the year Dennison was hired as UM president - will receive mail requests to donate to the endowment.
The initial fundraising goal is $1 million, with a long-term goal of $3 million to fund four $30,000 history fellowships. For each $750,000 raised, the endowment can fund one fellowship.
Contributions to the Dennison Doctoral Fellows in History Endowment may be made online at www.supportum.org or mailed to the UM Foundation, P.O. Box 7159, Missoula, MT 59807.
Names of donors who contribute to the Dennison Endowment by July 15 will be included in a commemorative book that will be presented to the Dennisons upon his retirement.
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