Heisler’s Generous Gift To GF Central High

Local Business Owners and Philanthropists Tom and Mary Jane Heisler Give $250,000 to Launch New Scholarship Endowment


Jan. 24, 2022

Great Falls Central Catholic High School announces that alumnus Tom Heisler (’61) and his wife, Mary Jane, have donated $250,000 to the Catholic Foundation of Eastern Montana to launch the new Tom and Mary Jane Heisler Family Scholarship Endowment.

Heisler graduated in 1961 from Great Falls Central Catholic High School. He met his future wife, Mary Jane, while a student there, and several of his siblings attended Central as well. Tom and Mary Jane have owned several different businesses in Great Falls over the last 52 years and attribute much of their success to the education and support they received as students at Central. Even though, as Tom says, he was “not the best-behaved kid in school,” his teachers and coaches didn’t just tolerate him; they cared about him, took an active interest in him, and looked out for his future.

The Heislers invite others—especially those who had the good fortune of attending Central—to join them in supporting this endowment. The goal is to enable students whose families would otherwise be unable to afford the tuition to secure an excellent Catholic education for their high schoolers. Tom notes that “a Catholic education is one of the most thoughtful things you can do for young people.”

For more information, please contact Wes Ross, Advancement Director for Great Falls Central Catholic High School, at wross@greatfallscentral.org or (406) 216-3344 ext. 104.


The Catholic Foundation of Eastern Montana is an independent board-governed nonprofit which manages the 125+ permanent endowments that benefit Catholic parishes, schools, ministries, and other entities in Eastern Montana. For more information about the Foundation, contact Judy Held at 406-315-1765 or visit www.catholicfoundationmt.org.

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