Welcome to Grateful Nation


Grateful Nation Montana was formed for the specific purpose of facilitating college educations for the children of soldiers killed while on active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Working with a combination of public and private resources, Grateful Nation links eligible students with the financial resources and non-monetary support they will need to have a successful college experience.

Grateful Nation currently focuses solely on providing these resources and support to Montana military families. To date, 43 soldiers from Montana have been killed in these conflicts, leaving a total of 38 children behind.

We target both the financial and educational needs of these children. Even with sufficient financial resources in place, the road to a successful college education may not be assured for these students, who face many hurdles growing up without a parent. Participating colleges and universities provide student tutoring and mentoring to eligible students during their high school years so that these students are academically and emotionally prepared to succeed in college.

We also host an Annual Freedom Run in Bigfork, Montana on July 4th. All profits from the race registration go directly to the Grateful Nation Montana scholarship fund.

Grateful Nation has been featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Fox & Friends, NBC Montana and National Public Radio.

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