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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.
2019 Jay Erdie Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Ms. Jeanine Fillinger of Colstrip Public Schools was selected as the recipient of the Jay Erdie Memorial Mentor Scholarship at the annual Montana Conference of Education Leadership (MCEL) held in Billings on October 16-18, 2019.  The award is sponsored by School Administrators of Montana (SAM), Montana Unified School Trust (MUST), and the Erdie family.  Ms. Fillinger has eleven years of experience as an educator, serving as a teacher and principal.  She currently serves as a K-5 principal at the Colstrip Public School District.  

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