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Foundation with Yellowstone National Park roots gives $4 million endowment to MSU

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BOZEMAN – Montana State University announced Oct. 20 that The Haynes Foundation has established a $4 million endowment with the Montana State University Alumni Foundation. The endowment will be used to provide scholarships to undergraduate students who have graduated from a Montana high school.

The Haynes Foundation is a charitable foundation founded by Jack Ellis Haynes and Isabel May Haynes in 1958. Since its inception, its goal has been to assist in providing scholarships to deserving Montana students, according to the Haynes Foundation.

Jack and Isabel Haynes owned and operated The Haynes Picture Shop in Yellowstone National Park, which was a continuation of a photo shop originally started by Jack Haynes’ father, Frank J. Haynes, in 1884. The Haynes’ family photographs, post cards, guidebooks and souvenirs opened the wonder of Yellowstone National Park to generations worldwide, The Haynes Foundation noted.

The establishment of the endowment demonstrates the more than 50-year commitment of The Haynes Foundation to promoting higher education in the state of Montana and helping to prepare MSU students for a lifetime of success, according to the foundation.

“Montana and Yellowstone National Park were an integral part of the Haynes family history, and Jack and Isabel Haynes demonstrated a strong work ethic, entrepreneurship and commitment to continuing a successful business, which enabled them to establish The Haynes Foundation,” said Chris Murray, president and CEO of the MSU Alumni Foundation. “The endowment will benefit students for many generations to come and continue to ensure that the goals of The Haynes Foundation will continue to be fulfilled in perpetuity.”

For more information on the scholarship and criteria, interested students and their families may contact Brandi Payne in the MSU Office of Financial Aid Services at

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