Former educator leaves land to school, turns into scholarship fund

Thanks to a generous donation by a former educator in the Mott-Regent area, students from Mott-Regent who are studying to be educators, can now apply for some financial relief.

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor

In the will of the late Regina D. Roth, a quarter of land was designated to be sold with the proceeds going towards an education scholarship.

The Robert and Regina D. Roth Scholarship is designated for Mott-Regent graduates, who are studying to be an educator, can apply. Also included in the criteria for the scholarship includes: being a full or part-time student in good academic standing; be worthy, deserving, and of good moral character; and priority will be given to juniors and seniors in college.

The criteria committee decided to put the upperclassmen priority in the list, according to Mott-Regent Superintendent Viola LaFontaine, because freshmen and sophomores are more apt to changing their concentration of studies.

“[People] understand why she wanted it to go to educators,” she said. “She loved being an educator, and she wanted more kids to go into education.”

The criteria committee include of some of those closest to Roth, something LaFontaine said they wanted.

“We wanted people that knew her,” she said.

This will be the first year the scholarship has been offered, and those interested can apply online, or contact LaFontaine at the school.

Deadline for the applications this year will be on June 1, 2017 at 4 p.m. MT. Award winners will be announced on July 11, 2017.

“We do want to give out that scholarship by the July board meeting,” LaFontaine said.

There will be two scholarships available, each worth $2,000.

“[The amount] is just to start with right now,” she said.

The scholarship is renewable each year.

The group intends to put some money into a foundation, and LaFontaine said that amount will most likely increase as interest builds up in their invested programs.

“We’re just so appreciative that we have this,” she said. “This is something so great for the kids, an additional ability to get some funding.”

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