May 3, 2013

FVCC Foundation Offers New $10,000 Transformation Scholarship

The Flathead Valley Community College Foundation has announced it will offer a new $10,000 scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year.  The Transformation Scholarship will cover one student’s tuition and fees and assist with living expenses for an entire academic year.

“Our foundation created this scholarship to transform the life of a student with great financial need by helping the student achieve his or her educational and career goals,” said FVCC Foundation Executive Director Colleen Unterreiner.

To be considered eligible for the scholarship, applicants are required to have completed the 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid and demonstrate financial need, have a minimum grade point average of  3.0 and be enrolled as a full-time student at FVCC in 12 or more credits during both fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters.  The Transformation Scholarship may be renewed for the 2014-2015 academic year.

With 73 percent of FVCC students qualifying for financial aid and nearly half of students who apply for financial aid being unable to contribute financially to their education, the FVCC Foundation increased fundraising efforts this past year to provide additional funding for scholarships for FVCC students.  Last year, the combined proceeds from the Foundation’s signature events, the Bibler Home and Garden Tours, Festival of Flavors and a special Chef’s Table dinner, totaled over $100,000 to help students with financial needs reach their educational goals.

“We are grateful to all the friends and community members who support our fundraising events to provide scholarships for our students,”  said Unterreiner.

Transformation Scholarship applications are available at or by contacting the financial aid office at 756-3849.  Applications are due May 10.  For information about the FVCC Foundation Scholarship Program or to establish a scholarship at FVCC, contact Sue Evans, associate director of the Foundation, at 756-3963 or at