2021 25 Under 25 Awards

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Nominations for 2021 25 Under 25 Awardees are now open!

Each year, Forward Montana Foundation highlights 25 Montanans under the age of 25 that are shaping Montana through their work, their vision, and their perseverance. This weekend is hosted in honor of the legacy of Carol and Pat Williams. The Williams Effect (TWE) weekend is meant to celebrate the Williams’ years of public service mirroring the efforts they took to lift up the voices, accomplishments, and experiences of young people in Montana. 

During this annual event, FMF honors 25 young Montanans across the state who are working within their communities to make our state a better, more equitable place. Past recipients of 25U25 have gone on to work in nonprofit fields, run for office, work on political campaigns, and change the dang world!

We invite you to nominate a young Montanan who is working to move our state toward a brighter future for all– or to apply yourself! All nominees must reside in Montana and be 25 years old or younger on September 17th, 2021.

Click here for the nomination form! Nominations will be open until August 6th.


If for any reason you would prefer to answer the application questions verbally, please contact Izzy at izzy@forwardmontana.org and we will arrange a phone or video call. Please note that previous 25 Under 25 awardees will not be considered.

A group of independent Montanans from across the state will choose the award recipients based on the following criteria:

—> Belief in Montana: They love Montana, but they also understand that it will take all of our collective talents to make it an even better place. They are constantly trying to make themselves better. They are diligent about sharing their passions and building power with their friends and neighbors.

—> Caring a lot: Whether it’s about one issue or a thousand issues, they care a lot. They are dedicated to making their community a better place and are proud of the impact they’ve made on their community.

—> FMT attitude: Though they don’t take themselves too seriously, they understand that change takes hard work. When it comes to the issues they stand for they won’t take no for an answer. They work hard to find creative solutions and aren’t afraid to make mistakes.


This year, the ceremony will be held at the Anderson Pavilion in Bozeman on September 17th, followed by a celebratory block party with entertainment, refreshments, and plenty of fun! The 25 Under 25 Awards will kick off the Montana Youth Organizing Summit’s Weekend of Action.