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Applications will be accepted until Friday, September 30, 2022.

Follow this link to submit a nomination: 2022 Jay Erdie Memorial Scholarship Application Form


Jay Erdie Memorial Scholarship

Dr. John Jay Erdie was a Montana School Superintendent who was well known for his efforts in mentoring promising educators into becoming school administrators. He realized the value of training and retaining quality principals and superintendents.
A Dr. Jay Erdie Memorial Mentor Scholarship in the amount of $1000 will be awarded annually to a deserving educator. The purpose of the scholarship is to “train and mentor” new Montana school administrators.
The scholarship will be awarded to a school administration candidate who plans to begin and/or complete his/her administrative credentials and intends to work in a Montana school district. Once the candidate has secured a position and notified the SAM office, a trained mentor will be provided through SAM’s Mentor Program to assist during his/her first year on the job.
The award is sponsored by School Administrators of Montana, Montana Unified School Trust, and the Erdie Family.
2021 Jay Erdie Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Ms. Julia Maxwell of Ulm Public Schools was selected as the recipient of the Jay Erdie Memorial Mentor Scholarship.  The award is sponsored by SAM, Montana Unified School Trust (MUST), and the Erdie family.

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As the recipient of the award, Ms. Maxwell received a $1000 scholarship to assist in completing her degree in educational leadership.  She will participate in the SAM Leaders Professional Learning Program through which she will work with a highly qualified coach/mentor following her administrative certification and employment as an administrator in a Montana school district.

Ms. Maxwell has six years of experience as an educator, serving as an elementary teacher and Title 1 Math and Reading Specialist.  She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education and K-12 Reading Specialist certification from MSU-Northern and currently teaches history, English, and Spanish at the Ulm School District.  Ms. Maxwell and her husband are active foster parents and have adopted three children from foster care.   In the future she “would like to advocate for children from hard places and represent their interests and unique individual needs within our school districts.”

SAM congratulates Ms. Julia Maxwell for receiving this scholarship to assist in the completion of her administrator certification and wishes her the best as she continues to positively impact the education of Montana’s children.