Barbara Thronson’s bequest to the Park County Community Foundation will provide four scholarships for students graduating from Park County high schools based on enrollment. The scholarship – $500 per successful semester completed – will be provided to each of four students continuing their post-secondary education at two- and/or four-year institutions. A recipient successfully completing a four-year degree program would receive $4,000 (eight semesters) in scholarship proceeds; a recipient successfully completing a two-year degree program (four semesters) would receive $2,000 in scholarship proceeds.
- Two scholarships will be awarded to Park High School graduates
- One scholarship will be awarded to a Gardiner High School graduate
- One scholarship will be awarded to a Shields Valley High School graduate
The grants will continue each semester until the recipient successfully completes his/her two- or four-year academic program. A student who successfully completes a two-year program will be considered for continuance if his/her stated initial goal is a “two-plus-two” academic program (two years at a community college leading to two years in a baccalaureate program).
About Barbara Thronson
Barbara Thronson was a fourth-generation Montana citizen whose grandparents homesteaded in the Bitterroot Valley in 1908. Although she and her husband Gary lived in five different states, Canada and Portugal as the result of his employment with Kaiser International, it was important to them that their children would attend and graduate from Park High School in Livingston. During their time in Park County, they maintained an Angus cattle and quarter-horse ranch in the Paradise Valley.
Barbara was a life-long learner as well as a teacher and administrator. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in special education and pursued doctoral studies at the University of Montana. Most of her career in the classroom, as a principal and superintendent, was spent in rural schools in Montana, California, Idaho, Michigan and Wyoming. She was known nationally for her advocacy in Washington, D.C., for educational issues.