Over 20 years ago, I established the Mike Ross Scholarship Endowment at MSUB using deferred gift annuities. Since then, through personal donations, gifts from friends, and increases due to gains in the MSUB Foundation’s portfolio, this fund has grown beyond my wildest expectations. The endowment now has enough funds to provide scholarships for two or three students per year.
Although I served on the foundation’s board of trustees for six years, I am not an alumnus of MSUB. I am simply a Billings resident that saw a need to help students who are financially struggling to get an education. I was in college in the 60s and was not confronted with the financial difficulties that students face today.
Throughout the years, I have had the privilege of meeting many of the recipients of the scholarship I established. One student took seven years to complete her degree and then went on to earn her master’s; another arrived in this country not speaking any English; and another was a high school dropout who later earned a GED. They all became honor students. BEST INVESTMENT I HAVE EVER MADE. Their stories have amazed me and inspired me to help more and more students. As a society, we have an obligation to educate our youth so they can become productive citizens of our communities.
I have been so rewarded through this gift. If you can help a student in any way, please do.