By Kay Hoffer
When Frank Sir, 93, died in 2011 he made it clear he wanted to give back to his community. Raised on the family homestead north of Terry, in the Lindsay area, Sir and four of his five siblings continued to call the family farm home throughout their lives. In his later years, Sir, who remained single, moved to Glendive.
The Frank Sir Estate has donated $320,000 to area schools, hospitals and community organizations, according to the estate’s trustee Jim Swanson.
Terry Public Schools, one of the beneficiaries of the Frank Sir Estate, has received $100,000, which is to be used for scholarship awards for Terry students interested in entering any medical field.
“It’s a very generous donation,” said Terry Schools Superintendent Casey Klasna.
Graduates of the class of 2014 will be the first to be given the opportunity to receive scholarship money from the Frank Sir Estate. Klasna said two students have already applied. Awards will be announced at the school’s awards ceremony in May.
The amount of the scholarships awarded will be based on the interest earned and not the original $100,000 donated. There may be an award of one or two scholarships annually.
The scholarship can be used for students entering a medical or veterinary profession. It is open not only to high school seniors, but any graduate of Terry High School.
Other beneficiaries of the Frank Sir Estate include, Circle High School with a $100,000 scholarship and Dawson County High School with a $75,000 scholarship.
“He wanted to help kids,” Swanson said of his friend.
The Prairie Community Hospital Foundation, the McCone County Health Center and the Evelyn Cameron Heritage Inc., have also received donations from the Frank Sir Estate.
Published April 16, 2014