Helena High School student Holden Robert Sampson received the $1,500 Cleve A. Malmstrom Memorial Scholarship on Thursday from Marcia Wall.
The scholarship was established five years ago in memory of Wall's son, Cleve, who accidentally drowned in June 2014 while fly-fishing on the Missouri River. The scholarship is open to an HHS student who achieved a GPA of at least 3.25, is pursuing a college degree in Montana and participated in track and football all four years of high school.
Holden will be attending Montana State University in Bozeman and pursuing a degree in elementary education. Holden's mother Missy teaches at Helena High School and his father Bob at CR Anderson Middle School.
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“Holden is a young man with natural abilities, there is no doubt about that, but Holden’s successes in the athletic arena, classroom, and life are the byproduct of hard work," teacher Ryan Schulte stated in Holden's letter of recommendation. "Additionally, Holden is a wonderful role model in our school and community and there is no place Holden is more in his element than when he is working, teaching, or helping young children.”
According to Holden, “the most important thing you need to know about me is that my parents and grandparents, along with teachers and coaches have raised me to be a nice human being who is not afraid of hard work or learning from failures.”