The Flathead Valley Community College Foundation has received a $1 million gift to establish a new endowment, providing scholarships for Montanans with need to attend Flathead Valley Community College. James “Jim” Daley, 96, and his late wife, Doris Monk Daley, established the James and Doris Monk Daley Endowed Scholarship Fund at FVCC to provide opportunities for Montanans to attend college who otherwise would not be able to without scholarship support.
“We are grateful to Jim and Doris for their generosity to help those in our great state afford an outstanding college education,” said FVCC President Jane Karas. “Their gift of education will be felt by students well into the future.”
According to Karas, the students’ majors, grade point averages or dreams do not matter to be eligible for the scholarships.
“The only requirement is that they come from Montana, a place Jim loves, and that they seek an education to better the lives for themselves and their families,” she said.
A Montana native, Jim moved to the Flathead Valley in 1924 where he and Doris would make their home. He worked in the construction business as a carpenter, building houses and working on public projects, like the Hungry Horse Dam, and commercial buildings, such as Columbia Falls Aluminum Company. Upon his retirement, he built a house, and he and Doris settled in the community of Lakeside. The couple were always passionate about helping “Montana kids” seek better lives, and they believed education was the key. Together, they established a generous scholarship fund for high school graduates in Flathead County to help them attend college. Doris passed away November 30, 2000, one month after she and Jim celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. In 2007, Jim established a generous scholarship fund for Montana students attending FVCC.
Jim is a World War II veteran and served in the U.S. Navy. Last month, he traveled to Washington, D.C., with 76 other Montana World War II veterans on the final World War II Big Sky Honor Flight.
For more information, contact FVCC Foundation Executive Director Colleen Unterreiner at 756-3914 or firstname.lastname@example.org.