Determination and work ethic lead Frissell to Truman Fellowship

MISSOULA — University of Montana student-athlete Beatrix Frissell has a schedule that leaves her with barely any free time. But this hard work and dedication to sport and school recently won her one of the most coveted scholarships in the country as she pursues her career after college.

In mid-April, Frissell learned the news of his award unexpectedly.

“I had received an email, it was a random Tuesday morning from my counselor, and she asked me to stop for 15 minutes and I had no idea and I just assumed that it was probably bad news,” Frissell recalled.

But it was anything but, as Frissell finally made it to the office of UM President Seth Bodnar, where he broke the good news, that Frissell was one of 58 winners out of more than 700 contestants up for grabs. the prestigious Truman Fellowship.

This is a graduate scholarship given to those who wish to pursue a career in public service, something Frissell has always wanted to do.

“A lot of things that I do, I put in the work because I love it and because I want to do it and I don’t necessarily expect to get anything out of it,” Frissell said. “It’s because I love it and care about the people I stand up for, but having that feeling of knowing what I’ve done has paid off and all the hard work I’ve put in has paid off. fruit significantly was truly amazing.”

The Truman Foundation also opens the door for Frissell to study in an environmental internship in Washington DC after graduation.

Frissell, a junior with a double major in political science and environmental science and sustainability, navigated the lengthy application process during her fall semester.

But to add to that, she’s a general student for ASUM in college, and also an advocate for gender equity and transgender athletes.

And she did it all while juggling a Division I sport for the Grizzlies in cross country and track and field.

“I tend to stay pretty busy,” Frissell said. “Basically, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. often.”

This work as an athlete provided many life lessons for Frissell, which led to this honor.

“Running plays a very big part of it,” Frissell said. “I think it’s shaped a lot of who I am. I’ve learned to take feedback. I know how to work hard. I’m a distance runner, 5K, 10K, and so really work hard in the long term is something that I know pays off even outside of racing.”

A native of Polson, Frissell also wants to be a role model for those coming from small town Montana looking to achieve similar milestones.

“That’s probably the biggest part of it all,” Frissell said. “I think hearing the news and knowing that I’m from a small town in Montana and hopefully inspiring other people to have their own confidence in the things they do. I never imagined that I would have been a Truman Scholar. Really, just knowing that you are capable and putting in the work and putting yourself forward is something that I think is really important. Even us kids small towns in Montana, are very capable.