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Scholarship contribution will fund experiential learning

Students of The University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation will receive scholarships to fund experiential learning opportunities, thanks to a recent gift from the family of Marlene and Arne J. Jacobsen.

Arne, a 1953 graduate of the college, established a scholarship fund in 2000 to assist students with travel and expenses associated with field-study programs. His daughter, Heidi Jacobsen-Schley, recently added to that endowed fund with a $50,000 gift in memory of her mother, Marlene.

The Marlene and Arne J. Jacobsen Endowed Forestry Scholarship will be available to students in the forest management department of the college.

Marlene Jacobsen, who passed away earlier this year, taught junior-high home economics in Great Falls for 27 years. Jacobsen-Schley recalls that wherever they traveled in Montana, Marlene would encounter former students who talked about how much they’d learned from her.

Arne initially established the forestry scholarship to help current students fund travel and field studies. He remembers that his mother had to cash out a life insurance policy to cover the $200 fee for his own senior forestry field trip.

Twenty-two forestry students have received the scholarship since 2000. The additional funds will allow the college to award students larger gifts to cover field-study program tuition, travel and associated costs.

Photo: Heidi Jacobsen-Schley, Jonah Jacobsen, Arne Jacobsen, Christine Jacobsen-Feeny, and Daniel Feeny present a contribution to the Marlene and Arne J. Jacobsen Endowed Forestry Scholarship to CFC Dean Jim Burchfield