BUTTE – The cost of a college education is high, but students at Montana Tech in Butte have more opportunities for scholarships than alumni who have broken records for their contributions.
“When I started the foundation, we were around $700,000 in annual scholarship support, and over the past 14 years, it’s grown to $1.9 million,” said Luke Meyer of the Montana Tech University Foundation.
Arthur “Art” Ditto has pledged $1 million over the next two years to endow scholarships in his name for students studying in the mining industry.
Ditto said, “If I can help in any way to make the school more attractive, I think that’s good not only for the school, but for the whole world.”
In the year As a 1964 graduate, Ditto worked his way through school, working as an underground miner at the Steward Mine, then known as the Montana School of Mines.
“I was able to get a tough, dirty job, but it paid relatively well, and school provided me with a source of funds to cover the extra stuff I had to go through,” Ditto said.
He says the Montana Tech Foundation is seeing more students contribute to the school.
“We have so many young students supporting the school while paying off their student loans at the same time, it’s incredible,” Meyer said.
Ditto credits the training he received at Tech for his long and successful career in the mining industry.
“Without the experience I’ve had here and the learning opportunities I’ve had here, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’ve done. And, I think, every graduate here says the same thing,” Ditto said.
Tech is often considered one of the top schools for students who enter high-paying jobs after graduation.