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KALISPELL — The Montana Chamber Foundation announced on Thursday the creation of a fund to enhance Montana’s future women leaders — the Judy Martz “Women in Leadership” grant. The first award will be presented at the 2019 Governors’ Cup Golf Tournament.

The grant (up to $5,000) will be awarded annually thereafter to a woman to enhance her educational, professional or leadership skills. It can be utilized in a variety of ways, including college tuition, a stipend for businesses assistance or training.

“Judy Martz was a model and advocate for women leaders,” said Webb Brown, executive director of the Montana Chamber Foundation. “Judy was a trailblazer when she became Montana’s 22nd governor. We couldn’t think of a better way to recognize her. While Judy is missed deeply by many, we hope this is one way we can continue her legacy.”

Martz was Montana’s first and only female lieutenant governor and governor. She was a business owner and also a member of the Board of Directors of the Montana Chamber of Commerce. As a lieutenant governor, governor and former governor, Martz was a strong supporter of the Montana Chamber Foundation’s Governors’ Cup Golf Tournament. Martz passed away in October 2017.

If you would like to donate to the Judy Martz Women in Leadership Fund, visit More details and the application will be available soon.


Our mission is to educate Montanans about the fundamentals of business operations, business needs and responsibilities and contributions of business to society.
The Foundation promotes and improves the economic development opportunities of the state and its communities by participating in educational projects and research.
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Aug. 3, 2018
Media Contact: Communications Director Alexandria Klapmeier
(C) 406-437-4634 or [email protected]

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