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POLSON — Polson Scholarship and Education Foundation (PSEF) awarded 37 scholarships totaling $61,500 to Polson High School seniors and former Polson High School graduates who are currently attending an accredited 2-year, 4-year, community college, university, or vocational school.

PSEF would like to thank the many generous donors who provide funds for these scholarships. The following scholarships are set up through the PSEF with money donated by individuals in memory of loved ones, alumni classes, civic organizations and employees of School District #23 in the amount of $500. PSEF matches the $500 donation with $500 so each high school senior receives a $1,000 scholarship. Two scholarships provide $1,000 each and PSEF adds $500 to each so the students receive $1500 scholarships. The two scholarships recipients are the Alumni Class of ‘59 for Carson Hupka, and the Trusler Family Vocational Scholarship to Fiona Rettig. PSEF sponsored three $1,000 scholarships, which were awarded to Torrin Ellis, Brock Henriksen and Avery Starr.

Additional high school seniors receiving $1,000 scholarships are Harli Kinney who received the Montecahto Club Scholarship, Austin Oberwegner who received the Dick Schultz Memorial Scholarship, Ashley Maki received the Chris Hoyt Memorial Scholarship, Kylee Seifert and Adamary Guerrero each received the Jessie Clemans Memorial Scholarship, and Abbey Howlett received the J.V. Holman Memorial Scholarship. Additional students receiving scholarships are Adison Carlson who received the Polson Beta Sigma Phi Scholarship, Maddilyn Huffine received the District #23 Employees Scholarship, and August Hertz was awarded the George Mahoney Memorial Scholarship. The Travis Dolphin Memorial Scholarship was given to Olivia Rogers. A scholarship given in memory of Janis Jette, a former PHS English teacher, went to Myranda Heiser and a scholarship in memory of Roger McClure, a former PHS guidance counselor, was awarded to Hannah Simpson. The Becky Anderson Friendship Memorial Scholarship was given to Espn Fisher. Polson High School Seniors received a total of $20,500 in scholarships through many donors and PSEF.

Students who are currently enrolled in college received 18 scholarships in the amounts of $1,500 to $4,000. PSEF received a very generous $12,000 donation from Ron Maki. His request was to have three $4,000 scholarships given to Polson students. The individuals who received these scholarships were Jarrett Wilson, Caitlyn Ward and Piper Hoxie.  PSEF provides $1,000 and donors give $1,000 so following $2,000 scholarships were provided: The Alumni Class of 1965 Scholarship was awarded to Taleah Hernandez and  Owen McElwee received a scholarship from the Mildred and Hib Hanson Memorial Scholarship. The four PSEF Scholarships were awarded to: Michael Smith, Kaylanna DesJarlais, Tristan Clifford and Ellie Thiel. Rylie Dupuis received the Robert Depoe III Memorial Scholarship and Elizabeth Tolley received the L.G. Baertsch Memorial Scholarship. Jazlyn Dalbey was awarded the Jessie Clemans Memorial Scholarship and Berkley Ellis received the Ken Avison Memorial Scholarship. The Chris and Odin Strom Scholarship was awarded to Scout Wenzel.

Three Chadwick Scholarships were awarded, and recipients were Keith Erickson and Samuel Fisher who each received $2,000 and Colter Wilson received $1,500. The Chris Hoyt Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Trent Wilson.

Thanks to donations from sponsors for the Lake City Open Golf Tournament held in conjunction with Polson Bay Golf Course and PSEF and donations from individuals and organizations, these college students received a total of $41,000 in scholarships.

Polson Scholarship and Education Foundation is a local non-profit organization established in 2002 as Polson Dollars for Scholars. The purpose of the organization is to expand access to post-secondary educational opportunities for Polson High School graduates and assist parents and students with college expenses. Since its inception we have provided PHS students with $488,500 worth of scholarships. Tax-deductible donations, individuals leaving money in their wills, and fundraisers provide the funds for scholarships as well as individuals setting up scholarship funds in memory of loved ones.  All donations and monies raised goes towards scholarships. For more information on setting up a scholarship in memory of a loved one or joining our organization, please contact board member Chris Strom at: or visit PSEF, listed under counselors, on the Polson High School web page for a complete list of students who have benefited through PSEF. 


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