Northwest FCS Giving Helps Create New Faculty Fellowship

May 3, 2021


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MISSOULA – Thanks to the generosity of Northwest Farm Credit Services (Northwest FCS), faculty at the University of Montana College of Business will have the opportunity to expand their research and bring more real-world case studies into the classroom.

The Northwest FCS Faculty Fellowship in Business will be awarded to a rising tenure-track faculty member to honor their work with students, Northwest FCS and the banking industry. This endowed fellowship will provide a faculty member with $10,000 per year to support research and outreach activities. The Northwest FCS Faculty Fellow will also teach the credit analyst curriculum within the finance department and help finance students think about job opportunities in rural areas.

UM Professor of finance, Dr. Tony Crawford will be the inaugural recipient of the Northwest FCS Faculty Fellowship in Business.

“We are excited for the opportunity to work with the University of Montana and specifically support Tony’s efforts to inspire faculty and students in the area of rural finance,” Northwest FCS Montana President Megan Shroyer said. “Our team of Relationship Managers are eager to provide students who are interested in agriculture lending or farm management in-class learning sessions as well as opportunities to interact and learn in the field. We are excited to invest in the future of agriculture and develop strong leaders who give back to their rural communities.”

“This gracious gift enables professors like me to continue conducting research in banking and provide students with more internship and career opportunities within the banking industry,” Crawford added.

Northwest FCS is a financial cooperative providing financing and related services to farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses, commercial fishermen, timber producers, rural homeowners and crop insurance customers in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Northwest FCS is a member of the Farm Credit System that supports agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.

“As part of Northwest Farm Credit’s stewardship commitment to improve the lives of our customers, communities, and industries we serve, we are investing funds in education, research, and leadership programs across the Northwest,” added Shroyer.

In 2020, Northwest FCS invested more than $13 million in a variety of charitable and industry organizations and programs focused on community giving, youth education, higher education, military veteran support and employee involvement.

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