Where Are They Now?
Matthew Podolinsky
2009 Graduate
Matthew Podolinsky
I have recently graduated this fall from the University of Montana with a Bachelor's in History. The college adventure was truly amazing and I already miss it. And thanks to Angel Fund Scholarships I was able to accomplish my college career. Assistance is always helpful in this day of ours. And I thank you dearly for your help.
As of now, I am working for Montana Wilderness Association and the Montana Outdoor Heritage Project canvassing on campus in support of Montana's great outdoors and increasing voter turnout. Simultaneously, I am interning for Forward Montana, which is a non-profit group that defends voter rights, fights for equality, among a list of other things. You can check out the organization at forwardmontana.org.
This summer, I am excited to announce that I am once again hired by the Bureau of Land Management as a Wilderness Ranger. I will be conducting Wilderness studies and analyzing land parcels to determine if they have Wilderness characteristics.
Miranda Lee Clark
2010 Graduate
Miranda Lee Clark As a 2010 scholarship recipient, I was on the track to attend MSU Bozeman School of Architecture in the fall 2010. I have since completed the undergraduate degree in fall 2013 (3.5 yrs) through an extra study abroad session to Morocco and The Community Design Center (CDC). I am setup to begin the masters program at MSU this fall 2014. I have recently accepted an internship for this summer working for Eggart Engineering and Construction in Billings, MT. Your scholarship was an excellent opportunity for me to grow as a young woman entering college and the beginning of the professional career that I began dreaming of in sixth grade!
Thank you very much!
Texel Feder
2010 Graduate
Texel Feder
In 2010 I was fortunate to receive a scholarship from The Angel Fund to help with my college expenses at MSU in Bozeman. I would have to say the biggest difference the scholarship made for me that year was in helping delay the necessity of my getting a job as a freshman Presidential Scholar in the Honors College taking 17 and 18 credits. The scholarship enabled me to focus on my studies, to be involved in service work, and to get used to the responsibilities of living on my own. While I started working later during school, that first year was crucial in learning study habits and adjusting to the demands of trying to maintain a 4.0 GPA while involved in other activities like Engineers Without Borders and Amnesty International. I will be graduating summa cum laude in May and was recently selected as one of forty MSU seniors to receive the Award For Excellence for those with an exemplary record of campus and community activities, involvement, and service. I am majoring in Liberal Studies with a minor in Art History and will be attending a graduate program in the future, hopefully in London or Paris, to study the business of art. My goal is to eventually own a contemporary art gallery. I would like to thank The Angel Fund, and Marcia Wall in particular, for the generous contribution you made to my education. The responsibility that comes with knowing others have invested in your future is not taken lightly.
The photo I have attached was taken during the month I spent in Kenya with MSU's Engineers Without Borders helping with water projects.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Angel Fund one last time for the scholarship help you provided me during my college studies. I recently graduated summa cum laude from the Honors College at MSU and was named an outstanding senior in the Liberal Studies Department. I was also recognized this spring with an Award of Excellence, given to the top 1% of seniors at MSU. I tell you this not to brag, but to let you know that your financial help has allowed me the opportunity to excel at my academic studies, as well as to be involved in campus and community volunteer activities. I graduated with a major in Liberal Studies and a minor in Art History and am currently working at a gallery in Bozeman. I am making plans for graduate studies in another year and am working to save towards that goal. Thank you again for your support, your encouragement, and for believing in me.
Stacia Brooke Medvec
2011 Graduate
Stacia Brooke Medvec I finished my freshman year in Bozeman and made it another semester and decided the big university wasn't for me, so I moved home to Helena and now I have finished a year at the Helena College. I got accepted into the nursing program at Helena College this semester, so this is my first semester as a nursing student!!! I graduate with my AAS as an LPN in December!!! I am planning on continuing my education and getting my RN at the tech and will hopefully be done by next December! I am so lucky to have an experience such as this and so grateful for the scholarship to help pay for my dream!
Thank you!
Madeline F. Scherting
2013 Graduate
Madeline F. Scherting My name is Madeline Scherting and I was a 2013 Angel Fund Scholarship recipient. I graduated from Helena High School in 2013 and began my college career at Helena College. I graduated in three semesters with a AS in the Social and Psychological Sciences and a 4.0. After graduation, I attended MSU-N and graduated with a 3.95 in Elementary Education with a K-12 Reading minor. I currently live and work in south-central Tacoma as a 4th grade teacher at Central Avenue Elementary School. I am starting my master's degree this May and will work to earn a M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership and Trauma Informed Practices. Thanks to the generosity of this scholarship fund, there was less of a financial barrier for me in attending college. I was able to graduate with my undergraduate degree with no student loans and am now able to start a graduate program without doubling my debt. I am immensely grateful for the opportunities that this scholarship provided for me in 2013 and the subsequent benefits that it has afforded me today. Thank you!
Destiny Brugman
2014 Graduate
Destiny Brugman
I was lucky enough to receive the Angel Fund Scholarship in 2014, and that really kickstarted my future. After spending some time exploring career options at Montana State University-Bozeman, I settled into a writing major with a minor in psychology, earning my Bachelor of Arts in Spring 2018. In my time at MSU, I developed a passion for writing center work as an undergraduate peer tutor at the MSU Writing Center where I also researched tutoring spaces, our offerings to graduate students, and our online tutoring resources.
In fall 2018, I moved to Bellingham, Washington to pursue a Master of Arts in English. In this time, I’ve taught first-year writing at Western Washington University, worked on curriculum design for online writing classrooms, and researched compassion practices in the writing classroom through particular hospitality models. During the summer of 2019, I was published in an emerging writing center journal titled The Peer Review where I explore theoretical models for welcoming students into online writing sessions.
I will be graduating again in Spring 2020 and would have never imagined being here as a first-generation college student without the help of the Angel Fund Scholarship.
Akemi Lynn Nakagawa
2014 Graduate
I was fortunate enough to be a recipient of the Angel Fund Scholarship in 2014. With the help of this scholarship, I was able to attend a semester of school at Montana State University in Bozeman. I later transferred to the University of Montana and earned a Bachelor's of Social Work with a minor in gerontology in May of 2018. Currently, I am serving in an AmeriCorps Program at Montana Legal Services Association - a private, non-profit law firm that provides free legal services to low-income Montanans. After my second year of service, I plan to attend a master's program that emphasizes geriatric social work. I found my passion for working with older adults while studying at the University of Montana.
Like many college graduates today in the United States, I graduated with a fairly substantial amount of student loan debt. The Angel Fund Scholarship helped reduce my debt, which in turn has allowed me to focus more on my career goals. I am sincerely grateful to have been a scholarship recipient. Thank you for making attending higher education a more attainable goal for students in Helena.
Joseph Pepper Pennington
2016 Graduate
Pepper Pennington
I'm in my final semester at the University of Montana and plan on graduating with a degree in biochemistry and microbiology. My school end goal has shifted slightly. I'm not pursuing medical school at this time, but I've applied to multiple graduate schools in programs such as biochemistry, molecular medicine, and biomedical engineering. I recently came home from an interview for the PEMM program at Dartmouth in New Hampshire which was a ton of fun! … I've recently had my abstract accepted by the national conference for undergraduate research which is hosted in Bozeman this year... I'll be presenting it some time between March 26-28.
I just passed my qualifying exams and working in a research lab with proteins and cancer research at Dartmouth. Only 3 years left before I become Dr. Pepper!
Devyn Wunderwald
2020 Graduate
Matthew Podolinsky
What a blessing it is to not have any student loans! I am so grateful to Angel Fund for helping me get through Helena College with my Associate of Arts degree.
During my second year at Helena College, I got connected with a wonderful community called Helena Chi Alpha Campus Ministries. It was there that I was able to grow in my relationship with Christ and make many lifelong friends.
In March of 2022, I got the opportunity to go on a week-long spring break mission trip to Seattle with a group of students and staff in Helena Chi Alpha. There, we worked with Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, a nonprofit organization that works primarily with those experiencing homelessness in the Seattle area. During that time, I realized the amazing impact that nonprofits can have on a community. I decided that I was going to work for a nonprofit in my own community after I graduated.
After graduating from Helena College in May of 2022 (with no student loans, of course), I applied for a position at Florence Crittenton Family Services as their Community Relations Coordinator. I was thrilled to find out that I got the job! I am so honored to serve such a vulnerable group in our community through Florence Crittenton. I would not be where I am today in my career if it wasn’t for the scholarship that I received from the Angel Fund to attend Helena College.