Educational Assistance Grants

to Encourage and Support Media Reporting on Jobs, Business and the Economy   Background   The Vision/Mission statement of the Greater Montana Foundation is: The Greater Montana Foundation benefits the people of Montana by encouraging communication with an emphasis on electronic media on issues, trends and values of importance to present and future generations of Montanans. In accordance with its vision and mission, the Greater Montana Foundation (GMF) has determined by quantitative and qualitative research that Montanans rank issues involving jobs and the economy as the highest priority set of issues facing our state. The Trustees of the Greater Montana Foundation believe that improvements in media reporting on such issues should be encouraged and supported. The resulting educational assistance program described below has been approved by the IRS to provide grants to qualified applicants without the applicants incurring a tax liability. Program Summary In addition to news and public affairs program grants and educational and internship grants that the GMF makes to and through other non-profit organizations such as the University of Montana, the Trustees have approved a program to encourage and assist Journalism students, working journalists and those in direct supporting positions such as editors, news directors and program producers, who wish to improve their knowledge, skills and ability to report on economics, business, jobs and related subjects and who will provide feedback on their progress in so doing. Grants are made to individuals to provide educational incentives and to help defer tuition costs of college- and/or university-level courses in economics, business and related subjects. Grant Amounts Grants are $500 per college- or university-level course, transmitted to successful applicants in advance of courses in anticipation of successful completion. Applicants must agree to return grants in the event courses are not successfully completed. Eligible Grant Applicants Montana Journalism students, working journalists and those in direct supporting positions such as editors, news directors and program producers are eligible for grants made to individuals selected by the Greater Montana Foundation. Not eligible are GMF employees, trustees, donors, or their relatives. Grant Consideration Process The Greater Montana Foundation Grants Committee, with final Board of Trustees approval, determines eligibility of applicants and awarding of grants as necessary during the year, based on the Committee’s evaluation of how well the applicants meet the criteria listed below. Grants are made on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis. Grant Requirements Grant applicants must plan to attend a Montana institution of higher learning (college or University) and, in the case of working journalist or support field employee, be employed by a Montana news organization. All prospective grant-receiving students must meet entry, and/or course prerequisite, requirements of the institution providing the course(s) being sought. Working journalists must obtain a recommendation or endorsement...

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Brent Musburger

He has been called one of the most recognized and prominent voices in the history of sports television. Brent Musburger is host and play-by-play commentator for multiple sports across ESPN and the SEC Networks and has had a distinguished career with CBS, ABC and ESPN, covering both professional and collegiate sports. Brent attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism before joining the now defunct Chicago American newspaper, but his broadcast career began in 1968 as sports director at WBBM-TV in Chicago.  He then moved to Los Angeles as co-anchor of the nightly news at KNXT-TV. Moving to CBS Sports in 1973, Musburger anchored virtually every top sporting event covered by that network during his career, spending 15 years as CBS Sports primary host and play-by-play commentator; working on The NFL Today, the NCAA Final Four, U.S. Open Tennis as well as the NBA and the Masters. In May 1990, Musburger joined ABC Sports. His ABC/ESPN Bio says “Musburger has hosted and/or called play-by-play for the NBA, college football and basketball, golf, IRL races and the 2006 FIFA World Cup.  He also hosted Super Bowl XXV’s pre-game and half-time shows as well as the 1991 Pan Am Games from Cuba. From 2006 to 2013 Musburger voiced Saturday Night Football on ABC, the first and only weekly prime time college football series on broadcast television when it originated (2006). Musburger also hosted NASCAR Nextel Cup races on ESPN and ABC. Beginning in October 1992, Musburger also broadcast on ESPN Radio.  He was the original host of daily ESPN SportsBeat segments of news, interviews and commentaries, which premiered in January 1993, and has called NBA play-by-play, including The NBA Finals.” His honors include the 2011 National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame Outstanding Contributor to Amateur Football Award, as well as being named to the 2011 National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) Hall of Fame as well as the Montana Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Brent now primarily works college football and basketball game telecasts, as well as the SEC Network starting in 2014; and on ESPN’s Big 12 Big Monday college basketball games since the 2009-10 season.  He previously called the Little League World Series from 2000-2011. Brent Musburger’s connection to Montana is strong. Brent was born in Portland, Ore., but his family moved to Billings in 1941 when he was two. Musburger attended elementary and middle school in Billings before spending his high school years in Minnesota. As a young boy, he spent summers selling Billings Mustang’s programs and concessions in the stands at the old Cobb Field. Brent has been quoted as saying “This is where the great love of sports began… right here in Billings.” Musburger and wife...

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Fred Pfeiffer

Fred Pfeiffer was born late on a Sunday night, June 13, 1948 at 11:16 pm.  He doesn’t remember what the weather was like that evening, but historical records show it was well into the 80’s that day so it had to be a warm night and it was overcast as well. What a great start for someone who would become Mr. Weather for a large part of Montana. As he entered his teen years his voice became deeper, and that voice won the honors as co-host of the  “Rustler Roundup” weekly school show on the popular KUDI rock and roll radio station in Great Falls. He took turns with the co-host, gathering song requests over the telephone and reporting on school news. It wasn’t long before he talked the DJ’s into letting him cue the records, turning the microphone on and off and eventually running the entire show. From that moment Fred knew this was his calling. Following a short tour in the Navy and Vietnam, Fred returned to Great Falls working to save money to enter MSU in Bozeman, Montana. Quickly running out of money, he worked for KBMN Radio for part-time income and before long was offered a full time job as morning announcer. After a year in Bozeman he found a job in Great Falls working for KARR-AM and KOPR-FM as morning announcer, also doing some sports broadcasting for extra money broadcasting Great Falls Giants Pioneer league baseball games and other high school sports events. Almost four years later, married and with one daughter, Fred and family struck out for greener pastures… KGGF radio in Coffeyville, Kansas, 40 miles north of Tulsa…a station that covered parts of four states. Roots were set up there for about a dozen years. But the Rocky Mountains were calling and Fred then took a job with K99 radio in Great Falls working on the air in the morning and selling radio in the afternoons. In 1982, He was hired at KTWO Radio and Television in Casper, Wyoming doing morning radio news. The catch was he also had to do television news and weather as well. He told management if they thought he had a face for television he would take the job. That lasted six years. After a short break working security in Las Vegas, it was back to Montana. A year of farming also helped him understand weather  and just how important it is to the Ag community Finally his dream job opened up! Part time noon weather at KRTV, which quickly turned to full time. His job was to begin the new CBS Morning Show that was coming. A short time later he moved to prime-time weather and news...

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On the Mountain

The Greater Montana Foundation is proud to have been a part of the Emmy-winning production of the story of the Lady of the Rockies with the amazing team at the MTN Studios. In the winter of 1979, Joyce O’Bill would undergo emergency surgery. Her husband, Bob, would make a promise. If Joyce recovered, he would build a statue. Six years later that promise became a ninety foot tall statue on top of the Continental Divide. This is the story of that promise made reality. A story of a statue, built with donated equipment, volunteer labor and enduring commitment from the people and the community of Butte. The people, that turned a husband’s promise into an enduring tribute, tell their story, decades later, of how the Lady of the Rockies came to stand…On The...

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