KALISPELL – On July 27, the Montana Chamber Foundation awarded the Kelly Kuntz
Memorial Scholarship to Montana State University senior Jace Holyoak.
The $2,000 scholarship is in memory of former Foundation board member Kelly
Kuntz, and Holyoak, 23, said he was honored to win the award.
“It’s such a blessing,” Holyoak, a business marketing major said. “I’m so grateful. It
will help me pay off the rest of my school and graduate without debt. The Montana
Chamber Foundation is a great organization and I’m proud of their support of
students like me.”
Holyoak, who grew up in Lolo, is planning on graduating in May 2018. He said he
wants to stay in Montana and dive into the marketing world.
“I’m fascinated with how companies brand themselves and how they can use
branding to increase sales,” he said. “I’ve always liked the communication process
and how people are able to communicate their thoughts and goals.”
Foundation Executive Director Webb Brown said Holyoak stood out in a pool of
“Jace had good grades, great references and a positive attitude,” Brown said. “His
response to our workforce question on the application was spot on.”
The Kuntz scholarship began in 2016 and is awarded annually to continuing college
students, with preference being given to former High School Business Challenge
students, as well as someone pursuing a business degree. The funds, awarded at the
concluding session of the Foundation’s seven-city Economic Update series in
Kalispell, adhere to the objectives of Envision 2026, the ten-year strategic plan of
the Montana Chamber. Those objectives include Workforce Development and
If interested in donating to the scholarship, please visit the Kelly Kuntz Memorial Fund page.