Groups and Engagement


The University of Montana Office of Alumni Relations and Alumni Association presents several recognitions and awards throughout the year. These awards include the Community Service Award, which is presented to alumni and friends of UM from Montana and neighboring states for their outstanding service and commitment to their respective communities and to the University itself. The Montana Alumni Award is presented during UM's Charter Day celebration to a former UM student for their service and dedication to the University of Montana. Each Homecoming, UMAA honors outstanding alumni with Distinguished Alumni Awards. Recipients of the award are individuals who have distinguished themselves in a particular field and who have brought honor to the University, the state, or the nation. UMAA serves not only current alumni but future alumni as well. The UMAA Legacy Scholarship, given to as many as six students annually, is awarded to individuals who represent a continuation of the UM tradition. A new award has been introduced by UMAA’s Board of Directors, the Grizzly of the Last Decade Award. This award honors outstanding alumni who have graduated within the past decade.

Alumni Chapters

UMAA-recognized chapters offer you a network of University of Montana friends and alumni across the United States with plans to extend beyond the 10 locations currently identified. Chapters provide local alumni opportunities to connect through programming, social activities, and networking opportunities that build professional connections within the UM Family.

Travel Program

The University of Montana Alumni Association is proud to sponsor a wide variety of extraordinary travel experiences. These unique trips combine cultural sightseeing with lifelong learning opportunities - often delivered by experts in the region. UMAA has partnered with Go Next Travel and  Adventure-Life to take you to destinations ranging from the ruins of Machu Picchu to the Mediterranean coast. Join us, as well as alumni from other colleges and universities, on these delightful adventures.

Constituency Groups

The University of Montana Office of Alumni Relations and Alumni Association works closely with specific groups of alumni and friends to help keep members informed by posting newsletters, providing forms, and sending emails. Constituency groups include groups like the UM Alumni Band, the American Indian Alumni Group, the Grizzly "M" Club, the Greek Task Force, and alumni from Montana's sister state, Kumamoto, Japan.