Neil and Evie Ugrin established this endowment in 2003 in memory of Neil's parents, Ed and Ethel. Evie served as a founding director of the Benefis Health System Foundation Board of Directors, and she continues to build this endowment. Her late husband Neil served as legal counsel for Benefis Health System from the time of the merger of Montana Deaconess Medical Center and Columbus Hospital in 1996 until he passed away in 2007. Neil was a principle partner in the local law firm Ugrin, Alexander, Zadick & Higgins and very highly respected throughout the legal community in Montana.
The scholarship is for students who want to obtain and/or advance healthcare education or certification.
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