COVID-19 and Scholarships

  • Please be aware that as a result of COVID 19 responses, many scholarships have been extended. Check the individual scholarship sites for updated information on due dates. 

No Deadlines

    • Alert Magazine:  This $500 scholarship requires a student to write a 650-800 word essay on drug and/or alcohol abuse and how to deal with this problem.  Students are required to have gpa of 2.5 or better, submit a transcript and recent photo and plan to attend college after graduation.
    • Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship:  Students planning to enroll at a community or two-year college, planning to pursue a degree in a career or technical program (must be AACC colleges), demonstrate critical financial need (FAFSA), and a U.S. citizen could be eligible for scholarships up to $2,500.
    • Short Animation Contest: This contest has a prize of $1,000. All you have to do is make a fun holiday themed animation that goes with audio from the song provided. You need to use a Santa or snowman in your scene, and you need to use at least ten seconds from the provided song.  Contests have rotating deadlines based on the holiday theme presented.
    • Varsity Tutor's Monthly College Scholarships:  Varsity Tutor holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students write a short essay in response to a monthly prompt. The submitted essays are reviewed by University Tutor staff at the end of the month and one winner is chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship.
    • Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE): Through WUE students in Western states may enroll in participating two-year and four-year public college programs at a reduced tuition level -150% of the institution's regular resident tuition. Find out what programs and schools participate in the program by visiting the website.  Each college/university may have set deadlines.

September Scholarship Deadlines

    • The Gates Scholarship:  The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. Starting in 2018, the scholarship will be awarded to 300 student leaders each year, with the intent of helping outstanding minority students who come from low-income backgrounds realize their maximum potential. Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

October Scholarship Deadlines

    • Coca-Cola Scholars: Scholars with a minimum of 3.0 could be awarded scholarships between $1000-$150.
    • Create Real Impact Contest: Students must create original work showcasing their idea for a solution or strategy to fix the very real problem of reckless and distracted driving. Applicants can be between the ages of 14-22 years old. Prizes range from $500-$1500.
    • P.E.O. Star Scholarship:  This scholarship is a non-renewable $2500 scholarship for a graduating high school senior woman that must be used in the academic year following graduation. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 gpa and exhibit excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, community service and potential for future success. Applications are available in the Counseling Center and need to be returned to Katie Boynton at Hellgate (Preliminary Application is due June prior), Miranda Panion at Big Sky, Aaron Shattuck at Sentinel, or Shawn Holmes at Seeley HS by the deadline date.
    • Heisman High School Scholarship: Students must have a 3.0 grade point average, particpate in a school sport during 9th, 10th and 11th grades. And the student must be a leader in the school and in the community.
    • Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards: Student must be a graduating senior with a 3.0 gpa or higher, of hispanic heritage, and be able to attend a regional awards ceremony if selected.  Please see the link for more information.
    • Horatio Alger Montana Undergraduate Scholarship: Sponsored by the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation. 50 $7,000 scholarships will be awarded to seniors demonstrating financial need, school and community involvement, and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. Student's must plan to attend the University of Montana or Montana State University or any of their affiliate schools with a commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor's degree. An online Certification Form by school counselor is required. An email will be sent to your counselor once the academic section of the application is complete.
    • Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Foundation: This scholarship is for high acheiving students who are applying to top colleges and are in financial need.  
    • La Jolla Mom Communications Scholarship Amount: $500 awarded to one recipient; Application Deadline: October 14, 2022; Announcement Date: October 28, 2022; Recurring: Bi-annual; Eligibility:Be a high school senior or graduate, or current college undergraduate or graduate student. Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate communications or related field degree program at an accredited college in the United States OR a graduating high school senior who has plans to study communications or related fields. Be a US Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident. Proof of acceptance to his or her college or university or a college transcript.
    • Scholarship for Future Female Entrepreneurs : $2,500 awarded to one recipient.Application Deadline: September 30, 2022 Announcement Date: October 14, 2022 Recurring: Annual; Eligibility: Self-identify as female.Be a high school senior or graduate, or current college undergraduate or graduate student.Planning to enroll in a full-time undergraduate study at a US accredited college or university for the upcoming academic year. Be a US Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident.
    • US Senate Youth Scholarship: Students must be juniors and seniors and in student government.This is a $10,000 scholarship that includes a one-week, all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March. 
    • VFW Voice of Democracy Essay Contest: Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foriegn Wars' (VFW) premier scholarship program.  Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives.  Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme.  This year's theme is, What Makes America Great.
    • Western Aerospace Scholars Program: JUNIORS.  For Montana Residents Only. This is a two part program for students interested in STEM a career in aerospace.
    • YoungARTS: This is competition for various awards in various performance and artistic categories. Please explore online the various opportunities and for registration purposes. 

November Scholarship Deadlines

    • Elks Most Valuable Student Award: Missoula Hell Gate Lodge #383 and the National Elks Foundation work together to award students scholarships. The national organization will award 500 scholarships of various amounts to students who are eligible for the MVS award. Due: November 15, 2020.
    • John M. Belk ScholarshipThis award goes to students who demonstrate academic excellence and enthusiasm, integrity, and leadership ability and potential. It is a 4 year scholarship covering tuition, fees, room and board. Materials are due November 1, 2019. Nominees must complete an application. 
    • National Honors Society Scholarship:  To be eligible to apply, a student must be a current high school senior and a member in good standing of an active NHS chapter. Eligible members must create an account to access the scholarship information. A NHS advisor must verify student membership.
    • Prudential Spirit of Community:  This award is open to students in grades 5-12 who have completed significant community service  over the past year. It must be certified by the school principal or the head of a community service group (YMCA, American Red Cross, Girl Scout council, 4-H group or HandsOn Network Affiliate.) Go to the Certification page to review and deliver instructions to your certifier.  In each state, the top middle level and high school applicant will receive $1,000 and an expense paid trip to Washington, DC.  National honorees will receive additional awards.
    • Schoolhouse Connection Youth Scholarship Program: Provides scholarships and support to youth who have experienced homelessness to ensure their completion of a post-secondary education program.  10 $2,000 scholarships will be offered.
    • Seattle University - Sullivan Leadership Award: This full scholarship covers tuition, room and board for each of four years of the undergraduate study at Seattle University. This award seeks students with diverse leadership styles and personal backgrounds.
    • Stokes Educational Scholarship:  Pathway to a career at the National Security Agency. The program is open to high school seniors, particularly minority students,  planning to major in computer science or computer/electrical engineering. Scholarship winners receive up to $30,000 in tuition and fees per year and work during the summer at NSA's main headquarters in Fort Meade, MD. Eligibility: Graduating senior and US citizen eligible for security clearance, 3.0 gpa, min. SAT score of 1600 (Critical Reading & Math and 500 Writing) or ACT Composite score of 25. 
    • University of Montana - Montana Resident Entering Student Scholarship:  The application for admission to the University of Montana will also be the application for a UM General Scholarship.

December Scholarship Deadlines

    • Carroll College Montana Advantage Award:  New First Year students that are from Montana (graduated from a Montana high school) and have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by December 1 will be eligible for an additional $2,000-$11,00 Montana Advantage Award. Receipt of athletic scholarships will reduce or may cancel this award.
    • Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizens Award:  This contest is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. The program is open to all senior class students enrolled in accredited public or private secondary schools that are in good standing with their state boards of education.A cash award is presented to the top candidates each year at our annual February tea. Applications are available in the Counseling Center and need to be returned to Katie Boynton at Hellgate, Heather Williams at Big Sky, Senior Counselor at Sentinel, or Shawn Holmes at Seeley HS by the deadline date.
    • Montana State University - Bozeman Presidential Scholarship: Applicants must also apply for admission to MSU as entering freshmen; should have a cumulative GPA of 3.7. This is a full tuition waiver scholarship and is renewable for four years.  The Presidential Scholarship application also serves as students' application for the Honors College at MSU.
    • Montana Tech Scholarship Program: Montana Tech will award over $1.4 million in New/Transfer Scholarships to Montana students. Average scholarship a new Montana student receives is $3,500. 80% of Montana students receive some form of financial aid and/or scholarships. There is a general scholarship application that considers students for all scholarships for which they qualify. 

January Scholarship Deadlines

    • Elks National Foundation-Legacy Scholarship Fund:  The Hell Gate Elks Lodge#383 Legacy Scholarship. Awards are based on knowledge, charity, community service, and integrity.  An ACT or SAT must be taken by December 31st.  If students have a parent and an grandparent in Elks, students should apply through his/her parent's Elks Lodge.
    • Montana Jaycee Foundation Scholarship: Each year, the U.S. Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Foundation grants $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education at accredited post-secondary colleges, universities or vocational schools. The number of grants awarded annually is at the discretion of the Foundation and must be used for educational expenses in the first year of full-time study. Checks awarded will be made out in the name of the recipient and the educational institution of the recipient’s choice.
    • Montana State University - Billings Chancellor's Excellence Award:  This is MSU Billings' most prestigious scholarship, recognizing academic achievement as well as leadership qualities. Students selected as Chancellor’s Excellence Awards will be awarded $4,000 per year for four years ($16,000 total).
    • Native American Scholarships: several due in January.
    • Pride Foundation:   Applicants must be a resident of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington but may study elsewhere. Applicants must be pursuing post-secondary education which includes community college, four year public or private college or university, certificate programs, vocational/technical/trade programs,etc.  Preference is given to students who are self-identified LGBTQ, members of LGBTQ families, or straight allies who have been strongly supportive of the LGBTQ community. All scholarships emphasize demonstrated commitment to equality and civil rights for all people. One application for over 50 types of scholarships.
    • Reach Higher Montana Scholarships:  Student's have the chance to earn a $1,000 scholarship if they are Montana residents who graduated from a Montana High School, attend school at least half time and have a 2.5 or better GPA.
    • Ron Brown Scholar Program:  This program seeks to identify students who will make significant contributions to society.  Applicants must excel academically, show exceptional leadership potential and make an impact on their communities through service to others.  To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, Black/African American and current high school seniors at time of application.
    • University of Montana WesternThese scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit; however, financial need is a requirement for some scholarships. Applicants will be considered for all available scholarships for which they qualify.
    • University of Providence Scholarships: The University of Providence is committed to providing an affordable, private college experience of exceptional value.  A variety of scholarships recognizing academic achievement and talent are available.
    • Youth Serve Montana Scholarship:  The Governor’s Office of Community Service and Montana Campus Compact are again partnering to offer the Youth Serve Montana Scholarship to as many as 83 Montana high school seniors. This scholarship was created to promote volunteerism among high school students, to encourage young leaders to further their learning, and to provide tuition assistance for Montanan students who wish to attend college in state. Students who apply and qualify may receive $1,200 toward continued education at any of Montana Campus Compact’s member institutions.  Qualifying students must have completed 100 hours of volunteer service in their community within the past 12 months. Students should submit their application directly to the Governor’s Office of Community Service. The application must be validated by the student’s high school counselor, principal, or superintendent. Applications, proof of volunteer service, and proof of acceptance to a Montana post-secondary institution must also be submitted.
    • Zach Anderson Memorial Scholarship - This $1000 scholarship is open to both male and female graduating seniors who have wrestled in high school.

     

February Scholarship Deadlines

    • Better Business Bureau Northwest Students of Integrity:  BBB Foundation offers the Students of Integrity Scholarship to recognize high school juniors and seniors who personify and communicate ethics in the real world, as demonstrated through community service, personal integrity, and academic accomplishments. A scholarship of $10,000 will be awarded to the winning application submitted by students residing in Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Washington, or Western Wyoming. High school juniors and seniors from across the Northwest are encouraged to apply by creating a 90-second video that demonstrates how BBB helps people become smart consumers. 
    • Bold Scholarship: $1,000.00 Scholarship for students who are first generation to attend college. And for anyone who has had a perspective shift in their life.
    • Hispanic Scholarship Opportunities: As an HSF Scholar, you will have access to HSF’s invaluable Scholar Support Services and be eligible to receive a scholarship, depending on available funds. Every year, HSF selects ~10,000 outstanding students as HSF Scholars from a broad and talented pool of applicants. HSF Scholars have access to a full range of invaluable Scholar Support Services, including career services, mentorship, leadership development, knowledge building, and wellness training
    • Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship:  Through its Education and Leadership Development Program, the Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships of up to $24,000/four years to minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited 4-year college or university of their choice.To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21.
    • Missoula Education Foundation:  A total of $1000 is awarded to 3 MCPS seniors.  $500 will be given to students who are planning to attend a Montana University school in the fall (that's any public college or university in MT).  An additional $500 will be awarded to these recipients upon the successful completion of their first semester in a Montana university.  Awards are earned on the basis of need and 2 letters of recommendation from current teachers demonstrating student's perseverance in overcoming obstacles to achieve high school graduation, along with high school courses and GPA.
    • Missoula Firefighters Local 271 Benevolent Association Scholarship There are 3 possible $750 scholarships awarded through this organization.  Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA and be one of the following: be a natural or legally adopted child of a current Missoula Fire Department Employee, be a natural or legally adopted child of a current full-time Missoula City Employee, or be a natural or legally adopted child of a parent who is currently a member in good standing of a labor union (applicant must be a MCPS student). 
    • Montana Destination Imagination Scholarship: 
      • Requirements for this $500 scholarship:
        • The applicant must have participated on a Destination Imagination team for a minimum of two years, the applicant must be a senior in a Montana high school or have graduated from a Montana High School and planning on or currently attending a two or four-year college or trade school in or out of state, and Post High School applicants should be actively continuing his or her involvement in Destination Imagination in some capacity –
          either as a team member or as a volunteer.
    • Montana State University - Billings Scholarships: Incoming freshmen and new transfer students must apply for admission before completing the scholarship application. Once the Office of Admissions & Records receives your application, a letter with your MSUB student id number will be sent to you. Please include your MSUB student id on your scholarship application.
    • Montana State University-Northern New Student Scholarship:  At Montana State University-Northern, we strive to serve as a resource for all Montana students. 
    • Montana Tech's CodeMontana Scholarship:  Twenty $4000 scholarships to study computer science and/or software engineering at Montana Tech will be awarded to students completing the first six modules in the CodeHS online curriculum. Montana high school students can access the curriculum for free by joining the CodeMontana Program. High school students outside of Montana are eligible for the scholarship, but need to join CodeHS as an individual (use course code EEC67) if their high school is not using the CodeHS curriculum. If a student is taking an Advanced Placement(AP) Computer Science course in their high school and scores a 4 or 5 on the AP Computer Science exam, we will accept that as a substitute for completing the CodeMontana curriculum.
    • Montana Women Foundation Scholarship:   The scholarship is designed to provide assistance for the success of Montana women of all ages.  It is the goal of the Foundation to encourage these women to then give back to their communities by heloing fellow Montana women in need, no matter their social, economic or cultural differences.  The Foundation promotes positive feedback and a circle of giving.  Applicant must attend a college/university in Montana.  The scholarship is a "sliding scale" scholarship based on criteria described in the scholarship guidlines.  Please see your school counselor for the application.
    • MSU-Bozeman Montana Premier Scholarship:   Apply early! MSU strives to provide awards to qualified applicants, however, resources are limited. These scholarships will only be available for a limited time. 
    • Rocky Mountain College Rocky offers a variety of scholarships to students who have demonstrated academic excellence or talent in a specific area. To be considered for RMC scholarships, a student must complete the Rocky Mountain College application for admission and financial aid. Scholarships are renewable for four years, based on satisfactory academic progress. The average financial aid award package is $24,000 (this average includes scholarships, grants, work study, and student loans).
    • The A.C.E. (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) Award:  This award recognizes high school students who have had to overcome great physical, emotional, or social obstacles and are now eligible for high school graduation. This is a positive program with two key objectives. First, it helps encourage students to overcome their hardships and get back on track toward a high school diploma. Second, the award recognized those students who are often overlooked for their accomplishments. This special recognition serves as a powerful example to all students that hard work and perseverance really do pay.  Please see your counselor for a possible nomination.

March Scholarship Deadlines

    • Blackfoot Scholarship: This scholarship is designed for post secondary students served by Blackfoot Telephone at their parent's or their own principal residence. 
    • Bonner Development Group Scholarship:  Two scholarships at $2,500 each will be awarded annually; one award to a university bound student, one award to a Missoula College (or technical school) bound students. Applicants must have graduated/promoted from 8th grade at Bonner Elementary School District #14.  
    • Community Healthcare Scholarship website Last year applicants were awarded two $2,500 Premier Scholarships, 27 $1,000 scholarships and 16 $500 scholarships. These scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a health care career.  Minimum g.p.a. ranges from 3.0 to 3.6 depending on program of interest. Winners will be selected based on academics, gpa, SAT/ACT scores, activities/leadership and letters of recommendation.
    • Farmers State Bank:  One $2,500 renewable scholarship (up to $10,000) is offered to a graduating MCPS senior who plans to enroll full-time at an accredited 2 or 4- year college or vocational technical school.  Scholarship awards are based on potential to succeed, leadership, school and community activities, honors, financial need and work experience. A minimum of 2.0 GPA is required.
    • Horatio Alger Montana Scholarship:  The Montana Scholarship is awarded to 50 high school seniors.  The generous scholarship is made possible through the generosity of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation. Students must pursue a bachelor's degree at the University of Montana or Montana State University system schools. 
    • Horatio Alger - State Scholarship - JUNIORS  Scholarships valued at $10,000 each, State scholarships are awarded to eligible students in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. The program specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. The scholarships are funded by Horatio Alger Members who, like the Scholars, have experienced challenges but ultimately overcame them to become successful business and civic leaders. To be eligible to apply for a Horatio Alger State Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria, undergraduate application is available from December – March 15.
      • Be enrolled full time as a high school junior in the United States
      • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
      • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
      • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
      • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
      • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
      • Be a United States citizen

      The undergraduate application is available from December – March 15.

    • Horatio Alger - National Scholarship - JUNIORS 106 scholarships at $25,000 each. As one of the nation’s largest college financial aid programs in the country, the Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program is one of the major scholarship programs nationally that specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. The scholarships are funded by Horatio Alger Members who, like the Scholars, have experienced challenges but ultimately overcame them to become successful business and civic leaders. The National Scholarship is awarded to eligible students in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. National Scholars receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., during the spring of their senior year to participate in the National Scholars Conference.  Recipients must attend the National Scholars Conference to receive the award. To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
      • Be enrolled full time as a high school junior in the United States
      • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
      • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
      • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
      • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
      • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
      • Be a United States citizen

      The undergraduate application will be available from December – March 15.

    • Intertribal Timber Council-Truman Picard Scholarship Program:  A $1,500 scholarship is available for Native American students pursuing higher education in Natural Resources.
    • JESEC "Back on Track" $3000 Scholarship:  The Missoula Job Service Employers’ Council (JSEC) is pleased to award a $3000 scholarship to a student who intends to pursue post-secondary education or training during the 2022-2023 academic year. The selected applicant will have shown personal initiative in accomplishing school and/or employment responsibilities and will have demonstrated the ability to plan and organize for their future. For more information on the scholarship criteria and application process, please download the application. The application deadline is March 18, 2022, and all qualified students are encouraged to apply.  For an application, email dgass@mt.gov.
    • Kids Chance of Montana Scholarship:  Applicant must be between the ages of 16-26 years of age, have a high school diploma, GED, HiSet, or be a high school student in good standing (who will graduate in the current academic year), be a dependent of a parent or guardian who sustained a serious work-related injury or fatality. Proceeds must be used for tuition, fees, room and board, books and required supplies. Proceeds will be paid directly to the educational institution. Scholarship awards are contingent on availability of fund and may be renewed.
    • MFPE Scholarship: Montana Federation of Public Employees Association Scholarship. The student or the parent/guardian must be a member of the MFPE.
    • Missoula Community Foundation Scholarships: The Missoula Community Foundation (MslaCF) Scholarship Program is designed to provide assistance to students from Missoula-area high schools to attend post-secondary schools. Ideal candidates have clear financial need, and show signs of determination, perseverance, and commitment to furthering their education. Students applying for these scholarships must attend a higher-education institution in Montana OR a WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange) school. List of WUE schools

      One student from each of the following schools will be awarded a scholarship: Sentinel High School, Big Sky High School, Frenchtown High School, Hellgate High School, and Seeley-Swan High School (Willard students are also encouraged to apply). Applicants have a chance to submit their responses in written, audio, or video formats. 

      • MslaCF General Scholarship - A total of five, $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. 
      • MslaCF Diversity Scholarship - This scholarship of $1,000 will benefit one student that identifies with an underrepresented ethnic group and attends a Missoula-area high school. Applicants who are not chosen for the Diversity Scholarship will automatically be entered into the MslaCF General Scholarship pool based on their high school.
    • Missoula Masonic Lodge Application: This scholarship is given to MCPS graduating seniors. The award is up to $1,500.00 in unrestricted funds. Depending upon funds available, up to 9 scholarships are given each year. This scholarship is open to students planning to pursue post-secondary schooling. Goals, academics, leadership, activities and service considered. 
    • Missoula Pediatric Dentistry: Missoula Pediatric Dentistry is pleased to award one scholarship to one of our High School Seniors. Must be a patient of record for at least 5 years, have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0, be enrolling in a secondary educational program i.e. University, Trade School, Apprenticeship, etc., 2 letters of recommendation from a teacher, coach, employer or religious leader, Must be a High School Senior-only one scholarship per applicant will be awarded.
    • Montana Clerk & Recorders Scholarship:  A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior attending an in-state school who is planning a career in  Accounting, Business Administration, Political Science, Secretarial or Government related. Applications must include a copy of the transcript. 
    • Montana Community Foundation:  Qualifications vary widely resulting in scholarship eligibility for a diverse range of students. For most scholarships, students can begin applying online January 1. Scholarship awards generally range between $500 and $5,000, some of which are renewable for multiple years.
    • Montana Farmer's Union:  A $500 scholarship is available to students whose families are current  MT Farmer's Union members who are planning to attend a university, community college or college of technology in or out of state.  Awards are based on scholastic achievement as well as school and community involvement.
    • Montana Food Distributors Association Scholarship:  Applicant must demonstrate academic achievement, as evidenced by most recent high school or college transcript and demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to those applicants who are associated with the food industry either by employment or family relationship. Call 406-449-6394 or email bigskypower@msn.com
    • Montana State Golf Association Scholarship: Since the MSGA awards these scholarships, only applicants with an established MSGA Handicap Index will be considered. (aka MSGA Membership). This handicap index is free to all Junior players (under age 19). 
    • Montana University System Honor Scholarship:  Students from each high school will be ranked in GPA order. The individual(s) with the highest GPA will be awarded 30 points, the next highest will be given 29, and so forth, until all students with at least a 3.4 GPA are ranked. Once the GPA score has been determined, this score will be added to the student’s ACT or SAT* score, whichever is higher, to create a composite score. The students with the highest composite scores in the  state will be offered the MUS Honor Scholarship. SAT scores are converted to equivalent ACT scores. Applicants must complete the Rigorous Core Fact Sheet to be eligible.
    • Northern International Livestock Exposition Scholarship - has awarded scholarships to deserving FFA and 4-H students that have been actively involved in their respective programs and communities, excelled in the classroom, and participated in NILE events.  cholarship applications and guidelines can be found at www.thenile.org, or by contacting the NILE Office at (406) 256-2495. Applications must be submitted to the NILE Office by March 2, 2021 by 4 p.m. (postmarked March 2nd will not be accepted).
    • Odd Fellows & Rebekah Lodge:  Offered to graduating high school seniors with a 3.0 or less planning to attend a university, community college, technical school or beauty school in Montana.  Financial need, future plans and family information is considered.
    • Paul O'Leary Memorial - Idaho/Montana Welding Section Scholarship:  This scholarship honors Paul O’Leary’s dedication to hard work, academics, welding, and his love for Montana. To be considered for this scholarship one must provide evidence of a strong work background, hands-on welding experience, academic excellence, and a residency or college tie to Montana. (This can be found under Idaho -Montana Paul O'Leary Memorial).
    • Target Range Education Association College Scholarship:  The Target Range Education Association would like to award a $1,000.00 scholarship to a graduate/former student of Target Range School in Missoula, MT. 
    • Titan Machinery Service Technician Sponsorship Program:  Titan Machinery dealerships are working with schools in their area that offer a two-year Associates in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Diesel Technology to engage students in our STS program. Sponsorship is also available to students in Precision Ag/GPS Product Specialist AAS degree programs. Sponsored students will work part time at a Titan Machinery store while going to school, and have an opportunity for full time employment as a Service Technician upon graduation.

April Scholarship Deadlines

    • American Indian Education Foundation:  Scholarship is open to documented tribally enrolled students. Academics, participation in school activities and service are considered.
    • Black Mountain Software Scholarship This scholarship in the amount of $1000 is available to all interested graduating Montana high school seniors who will be attending an accredited institution of higher education after graduation. The application must have: all spaces on the application form completed, including signatures, a written essay of 500 words or less attached in the proper format and proof of enrollment from the institution of higher education. If a proof of enrollment is not available at the time of application, the winning applicant must provide it to Black Mountain Software prior to the presentation of the scholarship payment. 
    • Cancer Unwrapped Tean Writing Contest:  This is open to grades 9-12 for students to share thier stories about cancer in a personal essay.  The 500-2,000 word essay can be about their own experienceof a personal diagnosis or about their diagnosis of a loved one, schoolmate or friend.  Scholarship is $500.
    • Elgin Filkins/Hamilton Lions Club Memorial:  The Hamilton Lions club is offering a $500 scholarship to a Ravalli or Missoula County graduating senior or high school equivalency "G.E.D." graduate of Native American descent who has been accepted to attend an accredited post secondary school. Applications should be submitted to senior counselors. 
    • Horatio Alger Career & Technical Education Scholarship: Scholarships are awarded to eligible students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives who wish to pursue a career or technical education at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the US. The scholarships are funded by the Horatio Alger Association and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation.  The scholarship has a value of up to $2,500.
    • Instapot Life Zest Scholarship: Any senior who loves to cook can apply for this $925.00 scholarship.
    • Missoula Education Foundation: These scholarships are for student who were once at risk graduating, but have perservered and are planning on attending a Montana two or four year school.
    • Missoula Federal Credit Union Scholarship:  This scholarship is available to members of the  Missoula Federal Credit Union. Applicants must be graduating seniors of high schools in the Credit Union’s field of membership. Six scholarships in the amount of $1,000 and one scholarship in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded in memory of William R. “Lefty” Campbell.
    • Montana Contractor's Assoc. Presidential Scholarship:  Parent or guardian must be an employee of a member company of the Montana Contractor's Association or be employed by the Montana Contractor's Association and the applicant must attend any post-secondary school. Scholarships will be awarded in consideration of the scholastic record and ability, outside activities, record of self-help and on the content and appearance of the application.
    • Montana Coroners' Association Scholarship- a $500.00 scholarship to be awarded for the fall semester of the year 2022 to a graduating High School senior majoring in a Criminal Justice or Health Science field. Recipients will be selected on the basis of need and academic ability as well as career goals. 
    • Montana PTA Scholarships:  This scholarship Program offers financial assistance to students entering or currently attending a Montana college or university in a child-related field of study. Annually two $1,000 scholarships are awarded: one to a graduating high school senior and one to a current college student. 
    • Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Scholarship:  The Montana Sheriff's and Peace Officer Association announces the availability of two $750 scholarships to be awarded for the fall semester to a graduating high school senior who is seeking a career in local law enforcement. Recipients will be selected based on need and academic ability as well as career goals.
    • Pointe Pest Control Scholarship: This scholarship is judged primarily on need basis, but does not exclude achievement standards. This scholarship is a one time scholarship worth $750. It will be awarded May 30, 2022. The scholarship must be submitted, in full, by April 29, 2022. Applications for scholarship can be submitted by any high school senior or college freshman from the state of Montana. A student aid report showing income status of your household must be attached for application to be considered. Must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0. A transcript must be attached with counselor or school representative signature for application to be considered. Although not required, applicants are encouraged to submit recommendation letters and/or resumes to substantiate their application.
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    • Skagit Farmer's Supply Scholarship:  We understand the important contribution that individuals with an education in agriculture or an agricultural-related field, make to our area. To ensure a healthy agricultural community we work to encourage young people, our future leaders, to pursue their higher education in this important area. It is through this philosophy that our scholarship program is fostered. The application is due April 1 of every year, and the scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college students.
    • Stanley Moore National Scholarship:  This scholarship is open to Farmers Union members and their children. Any high school senior, college student or non-traditional student seeking funding to attend a two-four year accredited college, university or technical school for any area of study may apply.  Applicants will need to include: an academic transcript, social and community activities and an essay or oral speech (video), Typically, several scholarships are awarded to be used for tuition and books. 
    • Western Dakota Tech, Build Dakota Scholarship: Students wanting to earn a full-ride scholarship in one of the following programs at Western Dakota Tech (several locations in South Dakota) can apply at any time. Eligible degree options include: Computer-Aided Drafting, Electrical Trades, Environmental Engineering Tech, HVAC/R, Practical Nursing, Precision Machining Technology, Transportation Tech- Light or Heavy Duty, or Welding and Fabrication.
    • UM Helena College Peter Nelson Trades Scholarship:
      • Open to students planning to major in:    
        • Automotive Technology
        • Metals Technology
        • Aviation Maintenance Technology
        • Welding Technology
        • Construction Technology
        • Fire & Rescue
        • Diesel Technology
        • Interior Space Planning & Design
        • Machine Tool Technology
    • William J. (W.J.) Gallagher Missoula College Scholarship:  Who can apply? NEW students that have been fully admitted to UM Missoula College. Students will need their UM Net ID and password. Where to apply? Visit UM Financial Aid Office website at www.umt.edu/finaid then click on UM Scholarship Portal button (in maroon).When to apply? The deadline to be considered for the W.J. Gallagher Missoula College Scholarship is April 13, 2019. The actual amount of the scholarship is undetermined at this time, but is typically a significant award and may be used to defray tuition, fees and other expenses for the 2018-2019 academic year. This does not include summer semester, nor is this scholarship renewable.  Eligibility Requirements: Must be admitted to the Missoula College (includes Bitterroot College) for autumn 2018, Must have a cumulative high school GPA of a 2.00 or greater, Must be enrolled in a degree or certificate seeking program, Must be planning to register as a full-time student for autumn 2018, Must provide (1) *letter of reference that can be from a high school teacher, guidance counselor, coach, an administrator or employer. 

May Scholarship Deadlines

    • Big Sky State Games Character Counts! Scholarship:  This scholarship is open to current high school juniors who have participated in the Big Sky State Games.    It is based on the "Six Pillars of Character": trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
    • Hayden Messerman Memorial Scholarship:  The family of Hayden Messerman has established the Hayden Messerman Memorial Scholarship in his memory.  Hayden was a musician, science lover and an MCPS graduate.  Each year a $500 award will be given to a graduating senior from Missoula County Public Schools.
    • Martin & Dale Briggeman Memorial Scholarship- This is for seniors who graduated from Bonner Middle School for one MCPS student.  Special award ceremony takes place at Bonner's 8th grade promotion celebration.
    • Missoula Building Industry Association Scholarships ranging from $1500-$500. Due on June 15, 2020. See your counselor for applications. Requires 3 letters of recommendation, transcript, and a list of plans, community service, work experiences, activities, awards, anticipated budget, and financial aid/ scholarships you expect to receive.
    • Missoula Professional Business Referrals GroupThe students eligible for assistance must be graduating high school seniors who reside in Missoula or Ravalli County, are enrolled in high school, and intend to continue their education at a higher level, be it a post secondary, trade or technical school apprenticeship. Consideration will be given based on academic achievement and a cumulative 2.5 gpa or higher, participation in extracurricular activities and work experience throughout their high school career. One time $500 payment. Due May 22. Click here for an application. 
    • Missoula Rotary Club Scholarship: If you are interested in applying for a $1500 scholarship, please contact your school counselor.  Students are nominated through their school for this opportunity. Due May 11.  The candidate must submit an essay not to exceed 1000 words on the following topic.  " The Rotary 4 Way Test is an ethical test that helps Rotarians understand the correct course of action in business and personal relationships.  Please research the Rotarian 4 Way Test and explain how this will be helpful in your business life as you work not only for yourself but help to build a better community."    
    • Morehouse Hoops Collective Scholarship: $500 for a Montana senior, who has played high school basketball for 4 years and planning to attend a 2- or 4-year post-secondary school.  You need NOT be playing college basketball.
    • Odd Fellow and Rebekah's Scholarship: Applicants must be a senior with a 3.0 or less.  Seniors must attend a two year school, or Trade School or four year college in Montana.
    • PMI Montana Chapter Scholarship:  Applicants must be enrolled in or applying to a project management degree program or a related field benefiting from project management.
    • Rhino Roofing Scholarships: Offering four $1000.00 scholarships to seniors with a 3.0 or higher who are interested in a career in the trades.
    • Treachy  Scholarship: Offering scholarships for freshmen and sophomores attending a Montana College.
    • Society of Women Engineers:  Female students planning to pursue an engineering degree from an ABET-accredited program can apply for a scholarship with this organization. The amount of the scholarship varies.  Application open March 1-May 1 for incoming college Freshmen.

June Scholarship Deadlines

    • Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship:  The $1,000 scholarships is for seniors planning to pursue an animation related field at an accredited post-secondary school or college. 
    • Aspiring Business Professional Scholarship:  The $1,000 scholarship is for seniors planning to pursue a business related field of study in an accredited post-secondary school or college.
    • Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship:  The $1,000 scholarship is limited to high school seniors in the US pursuing a fashion related degree program at an accredited post-secondary school or college.
    • Athnet Sports Recruiting Scholarship:  $1,000 scholarship to a current or future college student who plays, or has played high school or college sports.  Students will submit an essay about the lessons they learned through sport that have positively impacted them.
    • BBG Youth Volunteer Scholarship: BBG Communications provides this $500 scholarship to students who demonstrate a passion for volunteering while maintaining a high level of academic achievement. Over the past two years the applicant must have completed at least 50 hours of volunteer work while maintaining at least a 3.5 GPA.
    • Big Sun Scholarship:  Any senior participating in a high school sport, planning to attend a post-secondary institute may apply for this $500 scholarship.
    • Evaro Community Center: Any senior living in the Evaro area planning on some post-secondary education or training.  See link for more deatils of residence area.  $250
    • Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholarship:  To be eligible, applicants must: have completed high school or plan to complete high school by Spring 2019 with plans to enroll at a non-profit post-secondary institution by fall 2019, exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit post secondary institution in the US, demonstrate critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA, demonstrate perseverance in overcoming adversity, be involved in community service activities, be 30 years or younger and be a US citizen.
    • Huggable Supermom Scholarship - This $1000 scholarship focuses on supporting single moms, children of single moms, or people whose lives have been impacted in positive ways by single moms. Put simply, the Huggable Supermom Scholarship is a student scholarship designed to support single mothers and those who support them and benefit from their love.
    • Little Bundle Superdad Scholarship - Our goal with the Little Bundle Superdad Scholarship is to make things a little easier for single dads and their loved ones. Twice a year, we’re giving one high school winner and one college winner help with tuition, in the form of a $1,000 high school award and a $2,000 college award. Each winner will also be entitled to a year of free organic baby formula from Little Bundle, which can be redeemed right away, deferred for later use, or donated to a friend or loved one.
    • National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Scholarship:
      • Students' applications will be evaluated on:
        • Demonstrated commitment to education during the experience of homelessness;
        • Academic achievement and accomplishments;
        • Potential impact of the scholarship for the student’s educational career;
        • Discussion of how the scholarship money would be used;
        • Statement of goals and career interests; and
        • Grammar and use of language.
    • Samsung American Legion Scholarship:  This scholarship is available for high school juniors who participate in the current session of Boys State or Girls State and are direct descendants (or legally adopted children) of wartime veterans eligible for American Legion membership. The Samsung scholarship awards up to $20,000 for undergraduate studies (e.g.,room and board, tuition and books), and each applicant is selected according to his or her involvement in school and community activities, academic record and financial need.
    • The Aspiring Nurse Scholarship:  We will award a $1,000 scholarship to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates: 1. a track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics and 2. a passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare.
    • Universal Athletic Service Scholarship:  $500.00 to a male and female with at least a 3.0 gpa to be used at a Montana college or university.
    • Women of AT&T Colorado Chapter STEM Scholarship: Scholarship awards shall be given to females who are graduating High School in 2021 or a College Freshman as of Fall 2021; have a 3.0 GPA Minimum on a scale of 4.0; attended high school in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, or Wyoming; enrolled or planning to enroll in and pursue education one of the following areas: Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) at an accredited college, university or vocational school. See your counselor for the application.

July Scholarship Deadlines

    • College Sports Scholarships:  Sports is more than wins and losses and while we are committed to helping athletes find opportunities to play sports at the college level, we believe the most important thing is getting a college education. As an organization we are proud to award a $1,000 scholarship to a college student who best represents a true leader in sports and life. We encourage all current or future college students who competed in a sport at the high school level to apply for the College Sports Recruiting Scholarship.
    • ERCA Community Contribution Scholarship Program:  This is open to all High School students who have recognized a need or problem in their community and have determined a way to address the issue. The program looks for a project is the student’s original idea that addresses a specific and pressing need in the student’s community, a student who believes that change starts locally and is passionate about making that change happen, and a true leader who uses his/her unique talents to nurture the project.
    • Foster Care Education and Training Vouchers:  Montana foster care youth are eligible to receive up to $5,000 a year to help cover the cost of attending a postsecondary institution through the Foster Care Education and Training Voucher (ETV) program.
      • Who qualifies?
        • Students who have “aged out” of the foster care system.
        • Students who are in foster care.
        • Students adopted from foster care or appointed a guardian after the age of 16.
        • Students who are, or have been, under tribal court jurisdiction and meet the above eligibility criteria.
    • https://www.wisegeek.com/lgbtq-awareness-scholarship.htm: $500.00 scholarship. This scholarship is to help meet the dreams and aspirations of LGBTQ students.

August Scholarship Deadlines


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