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Carroll College Awards $130,000 in Scholarships

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

HELENA – Carroll College recently awarded $130,000 in scholarships to 15 students through the Elsie P. Corette Memorial Scholarship as well as the Roy F. Simperman Math, Science and Nursing Scholarships.

Five students, who intend to pursue medical school upon graduation, were recipients of the 2020-2021 Elsie P. Corette Memorial Scholarship established at Carroll College. The Corette Scholarship is available to Carroll pre-med majors from Montana through the generosity of 1962 Carroll graduate Roy Simperman of Mercer Island, Washington. Simperman is the chairman and chief executive officer of Semaphore Corporation in Seattle. Awards are based on financial need and promise of success in medical school. Since 1973, approximately 193 Corette Scholarships have been conferred, totaling nearly $1,219,000, with a large majority of recipients going on to become medical doctors.

2020-2021 Corette Scholarship recipients are:

  • Katie Huisman, junior, biochemistry major, Great Falls
  • Taylor Leistiko, sophomore, biology major, Missoula
  • Anna Romero, sophomore, biology major, Helena
  • Ray Shipman, sophomore, biochemistry major, Dillon
  • Joshua Turner, junior, health science major, Helena

Carroll College also named five nursing students as the recipients of the 2020-2021 Roy F. Simperman Nursing Scholarship, established by Mr. Roy Simperman also. In addition, five math and science majors have been awarded the Simperman Math and Science Scholarship.

The Roy F. Simperman Math, Science and Nursing Scholarships provide immediate funds to Montana students needing financial assistance who are majoring in math, nursing or science with a minimum 3.5 grade point average. The scholarships are awarded to equalize the cost of attending Carroll College relative to Montana public colleges and universities. In the eleven years that the Simperman Math, Science and Nursing Scholarships have existed at Carroll, $966,500 has been provided to 83 students.

2020-2021 Simperman Math, Science and Nursing Scholarship recipients are:

  • Ashley Braaksma, sophomore, nursing major, Manhatten
  • Allison Buckner, junior, nursing major, Bozeman
  • Christine Connolly, junior, nursing major, Kalispell
  • Cheyenne Damron, junior, nursing major, Glendive
  • Austin Dobrecevich, junior, chemistry major, Choteau
  • Harrison Green, junior, biochemistry major, Belt
  • Benjamin Held, freshman, chemistry major, Great Falls
  • Josh Kraft, junior, nursing major, Billings
  • James Normandeau, freshman, biochemistry major, Ronan
  • Luke Wilson, sophomore, biology major, Missoula

Over the years, the Simperman Math, Science and Nursing Scholarships and the Corette Scholarships have provided over $2,092,868 in aid to deserving students. This year’s average award was over $8,800.

About the Elsie Corette Memorial Scholarship

The Elsie Corette Memorial Scholarship was created at Carroll College through the generosity of Mr. John E. Corette of Butte, Montana, and by his children, in memory of his wife and their mother. Elsie Corette was born in 1907 to Peter and Mary Pauly of Deer Lodge. Peter was a cofounder of the Williams and Pauly ranch, which by the early 1950s stretched from east of Drummond to near the top of McDonald Pass.

In late September of 1930, Elsie went to Missoula to be a teaching instructor in the University of Montana History Department and continue work on her master’s degree in English. Two years later, she married a lawyer, Jack Corette. They moved to Butte, where Jack served as chairman and chief executive officer of Montana Power Company. Mr. Corette also served on the Carroll College board of trustees. In 1971, Elsie died, and Jack proposed the idea of a scholarship trust account at Carroll College for pre-med students who might practice in Montana.

Since Mr. Corette’s death in 1994, this scholarship fund has been generously supported by Roy F. Simperman of Mercer Island, Washington, a graduate of Carroll’s class of 1962, in memory of Mr. Simperman’s deceased wife, Diane, who was the daughter of Jack and Elsie Corette. Diane Simperman served on the Corette Scholarship Committee for many years. Mr. Simperman is the chairman and chief executive officer of Semaphore Corporation.


Carroll College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts and pre-professional college in Montana's capital city of Helena. Carroll College has earned top national and regional awards for its academic programs, professors and extraordinary tuition value. For nine years in a row, Carroll has been ranked as the number one regional college in the West by U.S. News & World Report. www.carroll.edu.