The Mason V. and Iva M. Hargett Scholarship was established to reward excellent scholastic performance. Iva was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Hamilton. Dr. Hargett, after having worked in Brazil and various laboratories in the United States, joined the scientific community at Rocky Mountain Laboratories. He and a colleague are credited with developing the Yellow Fever Vaccine, medical research which saved the lives of countless American and Allied soldiers in WWII.
The Enderlein Scholarship was formed as a bequest from the Enderlein Estate. The Enderlein family was well regarded in the community, and this scholarship was established to honor their deceased son, Bill, who graduated from Hamilton High School.
The Pearl Badger Scholarship was formed as a bequest of the estate in 2004. Ms. Badger was an active member of the community and wanted to provide an annual scholarship to Hamilton High School graduating seniors.
The VFW scholarship was made possible by a generous contribution from the local chapter, money from the sale of their clubhouse.
The Robert Gerloff Memorial Scholarship was given by the Gerloff Family Trust in 2012. Dr. Gerloff was a scientist at Rocky Mountain Laboratory for decades. Also active in the community, he served as a board member in the Kiwanis Club and delivered “Meals on Wheels.” The criteria for this award are scholarship, character, and musical aptitude as demonstrated in high school. This scholarship is to be awarded to a high school graduate who plans to major in music or family and consumer science in college.
Dale E. Kraft was a vocational teacher at Hamilton High School for many years. Through his innovative program, he directed the building of Construction Trades Class houses, homes built at a low cost because of tremendous community support from suppliers and tradesmen. The homes were then auctioned, and the proceeds now make this scholarship possible.
The Moerkerke Family Scholarship was established by Jim and Joyce Moerkerke, both graduates of Hamilton High School. This scholarship is to be awarded to Hamilton High School students pursuing a vocational or technical career. It is awarded annually.
The Crutchfield Scholarship was formed as a bequest from the Crutchfield estate. “Miss Jack” Crutchfield was a Bitterroot native who graduated from Hamilton High School in 1920. This scholarship is earmarked for deserving young women who plan on attending the University of Montana. This is a four-year scholarship, dependent on the recipient maintaining a 3.2 GPA.
This scholarship was established in honor of Moriah Hughes, a Hamilton High School graduate who was killed in December of 2015 at the age of 24 in a car accident while driving to work on a snowy morning in American Fork, Utah.
Established in 1998 by Herbert G. and Madge K. Stoenner, this fund is to provide two scholarships for graduates of Hamilton High School. Dr. Stoenner was a scientist at Rocky Mountain Laboratory, and both Mr. and Mrs. Stoenner were very active in the community. Their children were excellent students as well as very active in extra-curricular activities. Academic performance, leadership, and need are chief selection considerations.
Originally started by students as a gift to their choral director, this award has since been sustained by Virginia Vinal and memorials to her husband, Dean. The Vinals began teaching music in the Hamilton schools in the fall of 1951. The scholarship is awarded to a student who will major in music and has an excellent GPA.
Dale Berry was a social studies teacher and revered basketball coach at Hamilton High School—so revered that the school gymnasium is named in his honor. After retiring, he served in both houses of the Montana legislature. This memorial scholarship is awarded to athletes who exemplify what he hoped to teach: scholarship, willingness, participation, hard work, and sportsmanship.
The Alma Hayes Memorial Scholarship was formed from the estate of Alma Hayes in 1998. Mr. Hayes was an illustrator at Rocky Mountain Laboratory, and both Mr. and Mrs. Hayes were artists in various media: sculpting, water color, drawing, painting, and woodworking. Mrs. Hayes was also a Girl Scout leader. This scholarship is awarded to a Hamilton High School graduate who plans to pursue a degree in the arts.
Michael Gary Belville was born in Missoula, Montana, on a warm July day in 1957 and attended Hamilton schools through high school. Learning was a way of life for Mike. Though not always the model student in high school, he received a strong educational foundation from the Hamilton schools and went on to excel in life.
The Class of ’70 Scholarship Fund was established to be split between two students pursuing post-secondary education: one academic (university) and one vocational/technical education. It is awarded primarily based on financial need, but entrusted to a student demonstrating the likelihood for success if given the chance.
Description of this scholarship is coming soon…
The Robert Harley Howe Trust has made this scholarship available to teachers for furthering their education and for classroom materials not funded by the school district. After leaving Hamilton, Mr. Howe attended Duke University and went on to become the research librarian at the Library of Congress. In passing, he remembered his hometown and provided not only for this scholarship but also for the Bitterroot Public Library and the Daly Mansion.
This scholarship was formed to provide money to support graduating seniors who have made a significant contribution to the Hamilton High School Music Department.