The Greater Ravalli Foundation announced 11 students from five different Ravalli County high schools have been chosen to receive The Greater Ravalli Foundation Scholarship.

The scholarship is a component of Project Bitterroot, a funding campaign aiming to set up a permanent endowment for Ravalli County student scholarships for all levels of ability.

Recipients currently receive $4,000 each year for two years toward the school of their choice and if they choose to stay at a Montana state school, recipients will receive funding from various other scholarship funds for the following two years - covering their entire four-year education and keeping them in Montana.

Project Bitterroot also encourages GRF scholarship recipients to come back to the Bitterroot after graduation to serve as positive role models and to invest in the growth and success of their communities.

The following are this year's winners:

• Heather Demorest (Darby): Heather has been described by her teachers as an "example for other students to follow," and has been involved with activities such as Model United Nations, National Honor Society, track, cross country, "D" Club and Down Under Sports. Heather plans to attend Montana State University and study nursing.

• Kirby Everson (Florence): Kirby is an excellent role model for younger members and peers alike through her activities in 4-H Key Club, AmeriCorps, choir and German. She has travelled to compete at many state-level events and has attended Montana 4-H Congress in Bozeman. She loves spending time with her animals. After graduation she plans to attend Montana State University and study elementary education.

• Seth Garbett (Darby): Seth has proven to possess insight beyond his years, including commendable levels of patience, work ethic, and humility. He is active in student council, Letterman's Society, National Honor Society, Class Council, RSVP, Model UN and Youth Legislature. After graduation he plans to attend the University of Montana or Montana State University and would like to study health and human sciences.

• Heather Handy (Corvallis): Heather is involved with cross county, track and Aim Higher. She has been described as bright, dedicated and hardworking and as a student who consistently challenges herself with rigorous course loads and maintains her position as one of the top students in her class. Upon graduating Heather plans to attend the University of Great Falls to study forensic science.

• Amanda Larrew (Victor): Amanda has been described as a ‘strong willed person,' which will no doubt assist her in her plan to become a lawyer working with and for delinquent children. Amanda has been involved with many school activities including the Bullying Hurts program, Special Olympics, as the editor/writer of the school newspaper, track, Pep Club and student council. Amanda plans to study pre-law at the University of Montana in Missoula and become a prosecuting attorney.

• Matthew McClintick (Victor): Matt is a positive and outgoing individual who is involved with multiple activities including National Honor Society, basketball, Farmers State Bank Junior Board Member, Marcus Daly Junior Board Member, band, choir, Montana Boys State, youth group leader and is an accomplished pianist. He is a role model who exemplifies good character, respect, and integrity. Matt plans to attend the University of Great Falls to study business management.

• Savannah Mitcham (Victor): Savannah is a hardworking and honest student who has been involved with the Bullying Hurts program, Mentoring Elementary Students "Big Sister", Pep Band, Pep Club and served as Senior Class Vice President, 2010 Class Secretary and Victor High School Girls Basketball Captain. After graduation Savannah plans to attend the University of Montana College of Technology and major in Surgical Technology.

• Maureen Palmersheim (Hamilton): Maureen is a diligent student that will ‘go the extra mile' on her assignments. Maureen's Hamilton High School activities have included cross country, track, Key Club, Culture Club, speech, debate & drama, basketball, Academic Brain Bowl and National Honor Society. After graduating this spring, Maureen plans to attend the University of Montana to study international business and focus on foreign languages.

• Tyler Tintzman (Corvallis): Tyler is a dedicated and bright student active in programs such as 4-H, Jr. Angus Association, CCEC Grace Lutheran Church, baseball, basketball, NILE Association and U.S. Suffolk Association. His future plans include attending Montana State University and studying agriculture with a minor in animal sciences. He is dedicated to his school, family and teammates, and is always the first to volunteer to help others without seeking acknowledgement or praise.

• Mercee Warr (Florence): Mercee is a polite, honest and motivated senior who is active in AmeriCorps, youth group, Key Club, student council and cheerleading. Mercee will attend the University of Montana-Western to study art education. She is a great leader which will surely help her in her plans to become an art therapist or teacher.

• Tana Vogt (Corvallis): Tana is involved in Robotics, MAPS, speech and debate, youth director, 4-H Councilor, Model United Nations, Aim Higher and Interact Club. Tana has competed in various drama events over the past two years and currently holds the National Forensic Leagues Degree of Excellence. Last year she placed second at the divisional tournament and fifth place at the state tournament in serious solo acting.

After graduation Tana plans to attend the Art Institute in Seattle. She has been noted as a hardworking, organized and focused student who is able to multi-task successfully.

To learn more about how you can help with Project Bitterroot, please call Matt Guzik at 375-1887, e-mail at or visit The Greater Ravalli Foundation website at

People can mail donations to: The Greater Ravalli Foundation, Project Bitterroot, P.O. Box 1146, Hamilton, Montana 59840


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