School of Business Celebrates Donors, Scholarship Recipients

Arleen and Steve Winslow with business student and Winslow Family Scholarship recipient Carmyn Wahl at the brunch.

Nov. 13, 2017

Arleen and Steve Winslow each funded their own education at the University of Montana in the 1980s. When the successful School of Business alumni established a scholarship in 2015, they knew they wanted it to support students facing the same responsibility.

“Education is the key foundation for the future growth and development in our young people,” said Arleen, a principal program manager at Microsoft. “Being able to provide these students an opportunity to reach their potential and enable this future generation to flourish warms our hearts to the core.”

Arleen and her husband, Steve, a financial executive who works with software and technology companies in Seattle, were among 200 attendees at a brunch honoring School of Business scholarship recipients and donors on Saturday, Nov. 4.

The school awarded 141 scholarships totaling more than $335,000 this academic year.  Scholarship recipients received anywhere from $1,000 to $14,000. The awards, which were open to undergraduate and graduate students through a competitive application process, were based on merit, need, and donor-specific criteria.

The brunch took place outdoors on a cold and snowy Missoula day, but attendees were warm inside a heated tent provided by event sponsor ROAM Student Living. ROAM is a new student-focused housing project in downtown Missoula set to open in summer 2018. The project will offer students a safe and welcoming place to call home while pursuing their academic studies. 

Speaking at the event, School of Business Dean Chris Shook thanked ROAM and applauded scholarship donors for their support.

“The generous gifts we receive enable our students to focus on meeting their educational goals,” he said. “Scholarships allow us to attract motivated students with bright futures.”

The event was a unique opportunity for students and their families to connect with donors, faculty and staff.

“Putting a name and face together makes providing the scholarship more real,” said Arleen, who also is a member of the School of Business Advisory Council. “It is a blessing to us to see their faces all light up and receive their thanks in person.

For students, the event also represented a moment to celebrate hard-earned accomplishments. Carmyn Wahl, a business student who received the Winslow Family Scholarship, said the award allows her to concentrate on classes instead of worrying about finances.

“The ability to focus as a college student is a gift and I am so grateful that I have been given this gift,” she said.

Following the scholarship event, sponsor ROAM also made possible the school’s tailgate that afternoon. The official tailgate for UM Family Weekend, more than 450 people attended the tailgate in the school’s heated tent. Development of the ROAM project is led by Farran Realty Partners, which was co-founded by School of Business alum Jim McLeod.

Photo: Arleen and Steve Winslow with business student and Winslow Family Scholarship recipient Carmyn Wahl at the brunch.