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Mackenzie Hansen

The Montana Woman Foundation
Meet Mackenzie
By Cindy OBoyle

Mackenzie Hansens is a recipient of one of four scholarships awarded for the 2015-2016 academic year by the Montana Woman Foundation.  Mackenzie Hansen was born and raised on a farm in Gildford, Montana (which is located in North Central Montana).   She attended school at North Star, a consolidated school district of four small towns along the Hi-Line (Kremlin, Gildford, Hingham and Rudyard).  

Mackenzie shares, My passion has always been animals.  Being a farm girl, I was fortunate to be surrounded by animals.  I always enjoyed adopting a farm kitten and the ups and downs that came with it.  A farm can be a dangerous place for critters and I learned at an early age that animals could bring joy to life as well as heartbreak.  I have a strong commitment to helping animals and I want to make a difference by pursuing a career in Biology/Pre-Veterinary.  Animals are important to us and I want to be that person that shares your joy when you welcome a new puppy into the family.  I want to be the person that saves your dogs life when it hangs in the balance and every second counts.  I need to be the person who consoles you when you have just lost your best friend.  I believe I will be able to help both the animal and its human on the end of the leash or halter.  I know it will be a challenging yet rewarding career.  It will also be a great way to give back to my community each and every day.

Mackenize believes it is important to be actively involved in her community.  I have been involved in almost everything during my high school career from class government to music, church youth group, FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) HOBY (Hugh OBrien Youth Leadership), and National Honor Society.  I have also enjoyed being active in all the varsity sports our school has to offer such as basketball, volleyball, and track and field.   Mackenzie has received All-Conference honors in volleyball and basketball and track and field.  As well as All-State honors in track and field.  She served as team captain in volleyball and basketball for four years and track and field for two.   

In addition, she has helped in her community with cleaning parks and ditches, raised money for Make a Wish Foundation and Relay for Life, and volunteered as a youth basketball coach and helped with Sunday School/Bible School.

Mackenzie graduated from North Star High School in May with a perfect 4.0 GPA for all four years and was the Valedictorian for her class.  She plans on attending Carroll College in Helena in the fall and pursue a degree in Anthrozoology while taking Pre-Veterinary courses.  After earning her degrees, she plans on becoming a veterinarian, returning to her community and practicing in Montana.

Mackenzie is known as a kind, caring and energetic friend by fellow classmates.  Faculty and community members use words such as dedicated, driven, and hard working to describe this goal oriented leader.  

Pam Renaker of North Star Public Schools has known Mackenzie for five years and shares, Mackenzie is a good team person.  She works well with any group and will accept suggestions for the good of the team.  She is not afraid to be the leader when the need arises.  She can take charge, handle any situation and succeed.  Her leadership is evident both in her activities and in the classroom.  No matter what is asked of her Mackenzie gives 110% every time.  The younger students and her teammates look to her for guidance and support and she does not fail to deliver them.  She has excelled on her own merit and hard work.

Brian Campbell who is the Math Teacher/Athletic Director/Coach at North Star Schools admires Mackenzie as a student, an athlete and a person.  Mackenzie has excelled in all three of those areas.  Her drive is amazing.  She is almost always looking for ways to challenge herself and to further her growth as a student and an athlete.

The Montana Woman Foundation is honored to be able to assist Mackenzie in the pursuit of her dreams.  We are excited to watch Mackenzie on her path to becoming a successful woman in her chosen career.

The Montana Woman Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.  Our foundation is funded primarily by private donation and through collection of membership fees.  Additional revenues are generated through sponsorship of annual fundraising events. All of these activities make it possible to provide a number of annual scholarships to deserving women who have enrolled in Montanas institutes of higher education.

The request for support continues to grow as we receive hundreds of scholarship applications from worthy recipients each year.  If you would like to help enrich the life of a Montana Woman by supporting our scholarship program, please send your check to:

Montana Woman Foundation
1103 S. Main Street
Kalispell, MT  59901

The foundation also offers educational workshops on a variety of topics open to the public which provide a wonderful opportunity for learning, networking, and for promoting a circle of giving.  If you would like to learn more about the Montana Woman Foundation, please contact Montana Woman Magazine at 406-755-5753 or email    Thank YOU for supporting the women in your community.