In 1959, English teacher Claud Dziuk donated $100 as a scholarship in honor of his mother, Claudia E. Dziuk.

In 1959, English teacher Claud Dziuk donated $100 as a scholarship in honor of his mother, Claudia E. Dziuk. This was Montevideo’s first scholarship and first memorial scholarship.

In the spring of 1960, four $100 scholarships were awarded. Over the next few years, the scholarships continued, and in 1964 a second memorial scholarship was added.

In 1971, the first scholarship given by an organization was awarded,  the Kiwanis Scholarship, followed by the first “class” scholarship, awarded in 1975 by the 10-year reunion of the Class of 1964.

The Claud Dziuk Founder Memorial was created in 2000 and renamed in 2006 to the Claud L. Dziuk Founder Memorial.

“It is our hope that as long as there is a scholarship program, there will be a Claud L. Dziuk Founder Memorial Scholarship,” said Tammy Sauder, Coordinator of the Montevideo Scholarship Program.

Since its start in 1959, the Montevideo Scholarship Fund has grown tremendously. This year, $150,000 in scholarships and loans was awarded.

“This could not have happened without the generosity and foresight of many people, former students, clubs, organizations, families and individuals,” said Sauder.

Over the years, scholarships such as the Harold & Alice Rue Memorial Scholarship and the Bertha Bonn Memorial Scholarship have been added, and in addition to the Claud L. Dziuk Founder Memorial Scholarship, are the largest scholarships offered by Montevideo.

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