Law School Receives $2.5 Million Bequest for Scholarships

Hannah Cail '16 and fellow students walk to graduation.The Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana has received its largest-ever planned gift and the second largest gift in the history of the school; an anonymous $2.5 million bequest that will ultimately be used for merit scholarships. "This is tremendous news for future generations of law students," said Dean Paul Kirgis. "Scholarships are essential to attract the best and most diverse student body and that translates into outstanding lawyers practicing in Montana and around the country. We are truly humbled by this gift and by the donor’s belief in what we are doing at the school."

The gift comes on the heels of the $10 million gift from Zander and Andy Blewett and news today that the school already has raised over $400,000 toward the $1.5 million scholarship matching challenge that was part of the naming gift (see related article). The anonymous donor wishes to continue the Blewett scholarship matching challenge and, therefore, the bequest will remain uncounted toward that effort, which will continue on.

With the $2.5 million bequest, the School is now on pace to exceed its original centennial year goal of adding $5 million in new scholarship dollars over ten years, with well over $4 million raised to date. "We are extremely grateful for this remarkable gift and the continued generosity of our alumni and friends" added Kirgis. "This type of philanthropy will place our school on a secure footing for decades to come."