For a child, every new encounter is an opportunity to learn and engage with the world. Museum of the Rockies programs take children’s insatiable curiosity and use it to educate them in an interactive manner. Thanks to the Learn MOR Scholarship Fund, established in 2009 by Allan and Anna Lee Roush, the Museum awards scholarships to deserving children for all types of programming.
Allan and Anna Lee Roush, long time supporters of Museum of the Rockies and members of the MOR family for over 30 years, believed strongly in the educational mission of the Museum. Providing access to museum programming for all children is something the entire Roush family values. Today, MOR honors the long time support, years of volunteer service, and incredible champions of education these two individuals were by naming our scholarship fund after them.
Anna Lee Roush began volunteering at the Museum of the Rockies in 1983, helping found the Volunteer Department as the Museum was still growing within the community. Anna Lee describes the early years at the Museum with her classic optimism as, "What an adventure! First we all rotated at the front door, worked in the store and security, and we did the housekeeping. We also answered the phone at an antique legislature desk. That alone was interesting!"
Anna Lee's dedication to the Museum was extraordinarily far reaching. She welcomed visitors locally and internationally to all of our Exhibit Openings over the past 31 years, put in extra hours helping prepare the 1890’s Tinsley Homestead 25 years ago, and continues to send out Membership cards and welcome letters to our members at the ripe-age of 92 years old. Over the years Anna Lee has been closely linked to our Membership Program and helped it grow to reach 6,500 households and over 10,000 individuals, all welcomed individually by her.
Her son, Bob Roush describes Anna Lee as; “I think Mom is a natural when it comes to museum work because she possesses such a strong desire and ability to engage in conversation with people, especially visitors, whether they be acquaintances or strangers, young or old. Mom seems tailor-made to play a role in helping connect collections, exhibits, and sponsored activities, to people. Mom is especially proud of what MOR does to educate and enrich the lives of children.”
In 2009 Anna Lee’s husband of 65 years passed away and to honor his memory Anna Lee set up the Allan & Anna Lee Roush Learn MOR Scholarship Fund at the Museum which provides financial scholarships for families in the Gallatin Valley to attend MOR Summer Camps. Engaging Montana with an educational museum and helping families in need make it here has been a long time goal of Anne Lee’s and with almost 10,000 hours of service to the Museum she has been one of the greatest contributors of outreach. Anna Lee Roush passed away in 2015.
Today, Allan & Anna Lee's dedication to quality educational experiences is remembered through continued scholarships to families of all backgrounds attending MOR programming.
Help send a child to camp, participate in a home school program and more, by donating to the Allan & Anna Lee Learn MOR Scholarship Fund.