MISSOULA – Taylor Curry of Great Falls is one of 32 top-tier students who will receive a Presidential Leadership Scholarship to attend the University of Montana in Missoula this fall.
Curry graduated from Great Falls High School this spring, and he is the son of Wende Curry.
UM’s Presidential Leadership Scholars are chosen based on leadership, service and academic merit, and their scholarships are renewable for a total of four years. This year’s incoming PLS cohort had an average GPA of 3.92 and an average ACT score of 31.
In addition to joining UM’s Davidson’s Honors College, Curry plans to study French and political science at UM.
“I am pursuing French because my French tutor taught me how important other languages and cultures become when acting as a global citizen,” he said. “Political science ties in the pragmatism of lawmaking and international relations when wanting to promote worldwide change.”
To help bring about that change, Curry intends to attend graduate school or serve as a government official dealing with francophone countries, as well as work toward sustainability.
“The most pressing matter that is integral to the health of our globe is climate change,” he said. “I would like to see comprehensive legislation involving specifics like single-use plastics and carbon emissions come into effect.”
Curry credits his French tutor, Kathy Jackson, for providing him support in his journey.