Lillian Knudson-Johnson Scholarship

Lillian was born in Great Falls on March 17, 1914. She was raised in Great Falls and graduated from Great Falls High School and Great Falls Commercial College.

Lillian was a secretary and Office Manager for the Great Falls Transportation Co. for 12 years. She was selected in 1972 as the first women loan officer for Great Falls banks and later Assistant Vice President and Assistant Manager of the Consumer Loan Department until her retirement in 1982.

She married Kermit Knudson in 1960. Kermit passed away in 1985 and in 2002, her best and oldest friend Evelyn Johnson passed away. Lillian and Evelyn’s husband, Albin Johnson, continued their friendship and on August 28, 2004, were married.

Lillian enjoyed sewing, flower arranging, gardening, ceramics, photography, travelling, camping, and visiting. She loved much, laughed easily, worked hard, gave freely, and through it all, kept a twinkle in her eye.

Lillian was very supportive of youth and higher education. Lillian passed away Aug. 18, 2007, from the West Nile Virus. Upon her death, it was decided by her husband Al and the Eastern Star Chapter to create a fund to encourage Great Falls graduates to continue with their education.

Scholarship Requirements:
1. Must exhibit reasonable citizenship, diligence, and hard work.
2. Must be a GFH or CMR graduate.
3. Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher.
4. Must submit two letters of recommendation (by non-family members) outlining the student’s character.

Additional Information:
This scholarship alternates between CMR and GFH.

Donate A One Time Or Ongoing Scholarship For High School Graduates

Setting up an educational scholarship fund can be a meaningful way to give back to your community or to honor a loved one. There are a number of things to consider when planning a scholarship. Please contact the Foundation for assistance, we are happy to help you. Contact Stephanie Schnider at or call 406-268-6021.