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UM law school announces $2.5 million gift for scholarships

Friday, September 30, 2016  
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The Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana has announced Thursday that it has received an anonymous $2.5 million bequest.

The law school says the bequest is its largest-ever planned gift and the second largest gift in the history of the school. The bequest will ultimately be used for merit scholarships, the school said.

"This is tremendous news for future generations of law students," Paul Kirgis, dean of the law school, said in a news release. "Scholarships are essential to attract the best and most diverse student body and that translates into outstanding lawyers practicing in Montana and around the country. We are truly humbled by this gift and by the donor’s belief in what we are doing at the school."

The anonymous donor is still living and the bequest is not realized, said John Mudd, the law school's director of development and alumni relations.

The gift comes on the heels of the $10 million gift from Zander and Andy Blewett and news today that the school already has raised over $400,000 toward the $1.5 million scholarship matching challenge that was part of the naming gift (see related article). The anonymous donor wishes to continue the Blewett scholarship matching challenge and, therefore, the bequest will remain uncounted toward that effort, which will continue on.

With the $2.5 million bequest, the school says it is now on pace to exceed its original centennial year goal of adding $5 million in new scholarship money over 10 years. The school says that to date it has raised well over $4 million.

"We are extremely grateful for this remarkable gift and the continued generosity of our alumni and friends" added Kirgis. "This type of philanthropy will place our school on a secure footing for decades to come."