- Associated Press - Friday, November 4, 2016

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Montana State University is taking steps to ensure money donated for scholarships goes to deserving students after about $1 million from donors went unused.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/2ettSmU ) MSU plans to move up priority deadlines for students seeking financial aid and will provide earlier notice of how much aid they’re eligible for. The university is also launching a new software program intended to simplify the scholarship application process.

MSU Alumni Foundation President Chris Murray discussed the changes Wednesday.

He says one reason the $1 million didn’t go to students was because of restrictions placed on certain scholarships. Murray says earlier deadlines will help the foundation work with donors to expand qualifications for awards in cases where the money isn’t getting used.

MSU awarded $13 million in scholarships this year.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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