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Emily Pinnow

Emily Pinow

HELENA– – The Montana Chamber Foundation awarded the third annual Kelly Kuntz Memorial Scholarship to Billings Skyview graduate Emily Pinnow. She is majoring in communications, with a business minor, at Whitworth University in Washington.

The $2,000 scholarship is in memory of former Foundation board member, Kelly Kuntz.

“I am very pleased to be awarded the Kelly Kuntz Memorial Scholarship,” Pinnow said. “It will support my ongoing desire to learn and help me discover a career path that not only utilizes my strengths, but will ultimately give back to Montana. It is encouraging to have the assistance of a distinguished organization such as the Montana Chamber of Commerce.”

Pinnow will be recognized at the Foundation’s 13th Annual Economic Update Series presentation in Billings Aug. 7.

With a focus on Envision 2026, the Montana Chamber’s ten-year strategic plan, scholarship applicants were asked to address the biggest obstacle to entrepreneurship in Montana.

An excerpt from Pinnow’s essay read:

‘The biggest obstacle to entrepreneurship in Montana is creating a business that will stand out. Innovation is a vital component to business. The definition of innovate is to make significant changes in something already established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products. Using innovative approaches to marketing, staging, customer service, and signage will help a business shine out in the community. A business will thrive when they are memorable.’

“Submissions continue to grow each year, making this a difficult decision,” said Webb Scott Brown, executive director of the Montana Chamber Foundation. “But among some very strong applicants, Emily stood out. From her thoughtful essay on the biggest obstacle facing entrepreneurs in Montana to a reference describing her as ‘one of the most focused, hard-working, intelligent, kind and generous individuals I have had the honor of working with in my three decades in the workforce’, the review committee felt Emily would represent the Foundation well. Emily’s character exemplifies that of Kelly’s and we are honored to award this scholarship to her.”

The Kuntz scholarship began in 2016 and is awarded annually to continuing college students, with preference being given to former Montana High School Business Challenge students, as well as someone pursuing a business degree.

For more information, and/or to make a contribution to the Kuntz Fund, go to: .


Our mission is to educate Montanans about the fundamentals of business operations, business needs and responsibilities and contributions of business to society.
The Foundation promotes and improves the economic development opportunities of the state and its communities by participating in educational projects and research.
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Aug 1, 2018
Media Contact: Communications Director Alexandria Klapmeier (KLAP-MEYER)
(C) 406-437-4634 or [email protected]

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