About Us


We are here to advise and mentor students through every step of the scholarship process – from “just curious” to post-submission and award. Students are encouraged to express their individuality and be independent when applying, while they receive guidance and resources that enables them to reflect deeply on their personal and professional goals, improve their writing and communication skills, and create and submit competitive applications. We aim to help create a culture of excitement and commitment to scholarships on the UM campus through outreach, campus collaborations, and celebrating student success.

Office of External Scholarships and Fellowships Staff

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    Kylla Benes

    Kylla Benes, Director
    406-243-5241, DHC 106

    Director Kylla Benes has over 15-years of experience teaching and mentoring students. Her academic specialty is marine ecology, and at UM she has taught Freshwater Ecology, Science Writing, Personal & Professional Development, Scholarship Bootcamp, and an interdisciplinary course on Water.

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    Karter Bernhardt

    Karter Bernhardt, Communications Manager