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POLSON — Black Mountain Software has announced that graduates Minica Casbara from Hamilton High School and Hailey Kellum from Roundup High School were recently selected as the 2016 winners of the company’s $500 higher education scholarship.

Black Mountain Software awards two scholarships to graduating Montana high school seniors who will be attending an accredited institution of higher education, regardless of their field of study. This includes trade schools, technical schools, colleges or universities. The scholarship application requires applicants to answer the following essay question: What role (if any) should technology play in the education of yourself, your siblings, or in the future, your own children?

“Minica and Hailey’s essays had well written and thought out responses to our scholarship essay question. As a result, their essays really stood out in the 197 applications that we received,” said Donna Hislop, Black Mountain Software’s business manager and head of the scholarship award committee.

Minica was very heartfelt when she expressed how important technology was in her future due to a recent diagnosis of a condition that will eventually claim her eyesight: “My condition will continue to worsen and result in eventual blindness; technology is what gives me hope for my future.”

Hailey discussed in her essay the ever-changing tools and techniques in education by addressing the role technology should play.

“Technology is a tool that we use to enhance the teaching and learning experience. From slates and quill pens to iPads and smart phones, technology’s only value lies in its ability to make learning happen,” Hailey wrote.

Black Mountain Software, Inc., a leading provider of fund accounting, payroll and utility billing solutions for local governments and schools, is pleased to support continuing education for young Montanans through the company’s annual scholarship essay competition. With offices in Polson and Helena, the company contributes to the enrichment of people and communities in which we live and work through charitable activities, donations and volunteerism.

For additional information regarding Black Mountain Software scholarships for graduating Montana high school seniors, contact Donna Hislop at

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