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.
    • 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), Aine Franczyk at Big Sky, Aaron Shattuck at Sentinel, or Shawn Holmes at Seeley HS by the deadline date.
    • 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.
    • US Bank Scholarship:  Any high school senior planning to attend full-time at a 2- or 4-year accredited college or university can apply for a $500 scholarship.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. 
    • Wendy's High School Heisman Award: This award is open to scholar/athletes with outstanding athletic accomplishments, community leadership, and involvement in various extracurricular activities.  Applicants must have at least a 3.0 gpa. 
    • 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. 
    • Fisher & Talwar General Scholarship:  $1,000 scholarship open to students enrolled or accepted into a US college or University, is a US citizen, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
    • Global Citizen Awards:   EF’s Global Citizen Scholarship gives you the opportunity to bring your innovative ideas to life, both abroad and at home. Recipients will earn a free trip to our technology-focused Global Leadership Summit in Berlin, Germany next July, where they’ll collaborate with other young, passionate leaders to design solutions for our evolving technological landscape, and even compete to have those solutions featured in Stockholm’s Nobel Museum. High school students can apply for the scholarship on the EF Tours Facebook Page.
    • 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.
    • VFW - Voice of Democracy:  The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12 who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories. Students can win college scholarships up to $30,000. Essay and audio required.  Contact the local VFW representative for questions and submissions: Jack Reneau, VFW Post 209, 245 W. Main St., Missoula, MT 59802, cell 719-661-3711.
    • Washington University in St. Louis-Danforth Scholars Program:  Seniors planning to attend this university should ask someone that has "substantive knowledge of the student's accomplishments and goals' to nominate them online.  The selection committee is looking for individuals with great academics, community service, high moral character, leadership, and personal achievements. After being nominated, students will be sent application material.
    • Montana State University - Bozeman Presidential Scholarship: Applicants must also apply for admission to MSU as entering freshmen; have a cumulative GPA of 3.75 and a composite score of 30 on the ACT or 2000 on the SAT. This is a full tuition waiver scholarship and is renewable for four year.  The Presidential Scholarship application also serves as students' application for the Honors College at MSU.

December Scholarship Deadlines

    • AXA Achievement Scholarship:  Applicants typically show achievement in and outside the classroom through their jobs, sports or other extracurricular activities. Scholarships range from $10,000 to $25,000.
    • ACT Student Champion Scholarship: ACT Student Champions receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship, certificate, plaque, and state-level recognition.  Students in the graduating class of 2018 who have taken the ACT and who fit the following criteria can apply:
      • A student who has overcome challenges and can articulate education and career actions.
      • Students must have a composite ACT score of a 22 on a single test date or a 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale.
      • Preference will be given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students.
      Boston University - Trustee Scholars Program:  If you are interested in applying for this highly competitive scholarship. Full tuition and fees scholarship to Boston University- renewable.
    • Burger King Scholars Program:  Scholarships and grants range from $1,000 to $50,000 and are intended to help offset the cost of attending college or vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected based on grade point average, work experience, extracurricular activities, and community service.
    • 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, 2016 will be eligible for an additional $2,000 Montana Advantage Award. Receipt of athletic scholarships will reduce or may cancel this award.Crosslites Scholarship: 
    • CrossLites Scholarship Contest is open to High School, College and Graduate School students, as well as, international students attending international Universities. As the applicant, you will write a reflective essay (400 - 600 words) based on one of Dr. Parker’s quotes or messages. You will be competing against students of their level, thus 9th-12th graders will be competing for a chance to win 1st, 2nd or 3rd place.  There is no minimum requirements - all are welcome to apply.
    • 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.
    • Imagine American Foundation:  Students are eligible for this $1000 scholarship if they have a 2.5 GPA, financial need, volunteer during their senior year, and plan to attend one of the many colleges listed on the website.
    • MIT Inspire:  This research contest is designed for High School students, grades 9-12, to submit a research project in a variety of subject areas and is created by MIT students.  Students will submit a research proposal and may be selected to present material in a presentation in April.  Prizes range from Cash awards and certificates.  Applicants to NOT need to be planning to attend MIT to participate.
    • NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award: If you are a senior in high school and you operate your own small business you may be eligible for the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award.
    • Presidential Leadership Scholarship for Davidson Honors College:  Presidential Scholars are chosen solely on academic merit with scholarships being renewable for a total of four years. Approximately 25 PLS awards are made each year to incoming freshman. Resident students receive a full tuition waiver.  All PLS recipients also receive a stipend of $7,500 for the Gold Level or $5,000 for the Silver Level. All DHC Application Forms completed and submitted to the Davidson Honors College by December 2 will be considered for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship.
    • Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships: This scholarship recognize students who are driving awareness and mobilizing youth to be catalysts for innovative models and solutions to eliminate hunger in America. Applicants must have demonstrated ongoing commitment to their community by performing unpaid volunteer services impacting hunger in the United States within the last 12 months. Additional consideration is given to students working to fight childhood hunger. Students between the ages of five and 25 are eligible to apply. The winners receive a $5,000 scholarship, as well as a $5,000 grant made in their name to the hunger-related charity of their choice in their local community. In addition, regional honorees receive a $1,000 grant made in their name to the hunger-related charity of their choice. Applications may be submitted online from October 5 through December 5, 2016.  Jan Moore, National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE), Helpline: 800-308-2145

January Scholarship Deadlines

    • America Legion Oratorical Contest:  Students in grades 9-12 are invited to participate in contest with an eight-ten minute prepared speech on some aspect of the Constitution of the United States with emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to our government.  List of topics available online.  Students from Hellgate, contact Dan Gallagher, Missoula Post 101 at 240-4471, Sentinel students call Ruthie Smith, Missoula Post 27 at 543-7391, and Big Sky students call Elmer Palmer at Lolo Post 135 at 273-0077.
    • College Raptor Scholarship:  To help students take a thoughtful approach to the college decision process and pay for college, College Raptor is awarding a $2,500 scholarship.
    • Coolidge Scholarship for America: The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans on enrolling in college in the fall of 2018 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (unfortunately current high school seniors are not eligible to apply). 
    • John F. Kennedy - Profile in Courage Essay Contest:  Students in Grades 9-12 can enter their essay for a chance to win $500 - $10,000 and a trip to Boston.  Students will need to have a nominating teacher, past or present, that serves as support for reviewing students' essay topics.  Teachers may also win up to $500 grants for this.  Complete details are available on the website.
    • Missoula Electric Cooperative: Open to active members of the Missoula Electric Cooperative or their dependents.  Scholarships ($1,000) may be used at an accredited Montana university, community college, or vocational school.
    • Montana Jaycee Foundation Scholarship: $1,000 annual scholarship for graduating Montana High School Seniors.
    • 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).
    • 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. 
    • 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 request application procedures from their NHS adviser. NHS advisers may log in to get instructions and download the materials to distribute to members and the principal.  
      • 475 National semifinalists - $2,850 scholarship
      • 24 national finalists - $5,150 scholarship
      • 1 national winner - $22,650 scholarship
    • National Multiple Sclerosis Society:  Scholarships are open to high school seniors or graduates who have not yet attended college and who are living with MS or have a parent with MS. Applicants must plan to enroll in at least six credit hours per semester in course work leading to a degree, license, or certificate.
    • National Wild Turkey Federation's Dr. James Earl Kennamer Academic Scholarship: This scholarship is one way the NWTF is working to assist students with a strong hunting ethic and dedication to conservation.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or higher GPA, hold a NWTF membership, and be involved in student activities.  To see all of the requirements/application - click on the link.  
    • Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Scholarship:
      • STEP 1: Contact SGT McConnell to see about qualifications. He can be reached at 549-7516.
      • STEP 2: Apply (SGT McConnell WILL HELP GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS) attached is a step by step guide for students who would like to get the process started.
    • 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.
    • Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship Program: To apply for a RMHC National Scholarship, students must be a high school senior, be eligible to attend a two- or four-year college or university with a full course of study, reside in a participating local Chapter's geographic area and have a minimum gpa of 2.7.
    • 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 Western - New Student Scholarships: These 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 S-STEM Scholarship:  Are you or do you know a Montana high school senior who dreams of a career as a biologist, a chemist, or a mathematician? Someone interested in astrobiology, the chemical basis of life, or secret codes? The National Science Foundation and the University of Providence are partnering to provide 4-year S-STEM scholarships to a select group of biology, chemistry, and mathematics majors beginning Fall term 2018. In addition to scholarship support, these students will be invited to participate in undergraduate research projects, summer internships at national laboratories (e.g., NASA, DOE, NIH, NSA) and professional conferences.
    • 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.
    • Youth Foundation Grants: High school seniors, who are United States citizens, seeking higher education at accredited four-year United States colleges or universities are able to apply. Applicants must show a 3.5+ or better grade average and should document financial need. In addition, the Foundation strongly encourages extra-curricular and community activities on the part of its applicants demonstrating a strong desire to help others.
    • 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 100 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 $1,000 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.) 

     

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. 
    • 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.
    • Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation Scholarships:  Numerous scholarships are available. Applicants generally need a minimum 3.0 GPA. Specific criteria is set by the donor and may include: Character, Leadership, Service, Financial Need and Scholastic Ability. Applications are available online by selecting "Montana" from the drop-down menu.
    • Intertribal Timber Council-Truman Picard Scholarship Program:  A $1,500 scholarship is available for Native American students pursuing higher education in Natural Resources.
    • 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 $500 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). Email mfbascholarship@gmail.com for questions or see your school counselor for an application.
    • 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. 
    • National Commission for Cooperative Education:  To qualify for this scholarship students must have a 3.5 gpa or better, apply and be accepted for the 2017-2018 academic year at one of the WACE Partner institutions. Early applications are highly encouraged. 
    • 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).
    • Scholarship for Native American Students:  There are several scholarships on this page for Native American students with a starting deadline of February 1st.
    • Wells Fargo Academic Leadership Program:  This highly competitive program will award full scholarships to 20 Pell-eligible high school seniors. The program offers a renewable scholarship and year-round leadership development opportunities. Qualified students must be referred to apply. If you refer a student, please advise them that the application deadline is February 28, 2018. To apply, students must be: A high school senior, Pell-eligible, a US citizen, national, or permanent resident, and in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).  Additionally, students must submit either an SAT or ACT score.  Selected Wells Fargo Fellows must enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university. Failure to enroll in the fall of 2018 will lead to forfeiture of the scholarship. 
       

March Scholarship Deadlines

    • Annual Writing Contest on Ayn Rand:  The winning applicant will be judged on both style and content. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Atlas Shrugged.
    • Back on Track, Missoula Job Service:  The Missoula Job Service Employers' Council (JSEC) is offering the Back on Track Scholarship open to Missoula area high school seniors.  A $3,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who is facing obstacles or challenges in the pursuit of post secondary education or training. The selected applicant will have shown personal initiative in accomplishing school and/or employment responsibilities as well as demonstrated the ability to plan and organize for the future. Minimum of a 2.0 GPA.
    • Blackfoot Telephone Coop Scholarship:  This scholarship is designed for post secondary students served by Blackfoot Telephone at their parent's or their own principal residence. 
    • 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.
    • Foundation for Rural Service:  Students must be sponsored by a current NTCA - Rural Broadband Association Member. Students who are majoring in math, science, engineering, or medicine are given preference for some of the scholarships, which range between $1,500-$7,000.
    • Healthcare Scholarship:  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.
    • 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. 
    • 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.
    • Microsoft Disability Scholarship:  This scholarship enables high school students with disabilities to go to college and target a career in the technology industry. In addition, we hope to contribute to increasing the pool of persons living with a disability enrolling in higher education and, in the long term, decrease the unemployment bias for this demographic.  This scholarship will be awarded to promising high school seniors who plan to attend a vocational or academic college and have a financial need. The amount of this renewable scholarship to be awarded is $5,000 per year, up to $20,000. The scholarship is paid through the Seattle Foundation on behalf of the disAbility Employee Resource Group (ERG) at Microsoft to the recipient’s school’s Financial Aid Office.
    • Missoula Masonic Lodge #13:  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. Due March 16th. 
    • 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 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.
    • 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).
    • SAE Engineering Scholarships:  Various scholarships awarded. Students must provide SAT or ACT scores, transcript, biographical questionnaire and show leadership and financial need.
    • 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.
    • 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.*
    • 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. This is due March 16th, 2018.

April Scholarship Deadlines

    • Altrusa International of Missoula:  A $1,500 scholarship is available for graduating seniors planning to attend school in Montana. Activities, community service and financial need are considered.  A transcript and three letters of recommendation are required (only ONE from school staff ).
    • 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 $500 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. 
    • Five Valleys Chorus- Sweet Adelines International Music Scholarship:  $500 Scholarship for Montana Residents who are currently students graduating high school and have been enrolled in a formal music program for at least 2 years.
    • Missoula Area Central Labor Council:  Several scholarships are offered to students planning to attend school in Montana. The student or one parent must belong to a union that is affiliated with the AFL-CIO or the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. MECLC Application
    • Holocaust Remembrance Project Essay Contest:  Applicants should submit essays about the Holocaust and entry forms. Every essay must include works cited, a reference page or a bibliography. First place winners will receive free trips to Washington, DC. 
    • Missoula Area Secular Society 2018 Scholarships:   Two $800 college scholarships are available for the 2018-19 school year to graduating high school seniors and enrolled college students from Missoula county. Each scholarship will be awarded based on how well the essay written addresses one of two topics: 1) Critical Thinking - in 500-750 words describe how critical thinking skills benefit your every day life and academic activities. 2) Secular Government - in 500-750 words describe why it is important to you that there is a clear differentiation between church and state. The authors of the two winning essays will notified by the end of May 2018. 
    • Missoula Community Foundation Scholarships:  The Missoula Community Foundation Scholarship Program is designed to provide assistance to students from Missoula-area high schools to attend post-secondary schools in Montana. A total of five, $1000 scholarships will be awarded to students from the following places: Big Sky, Frenchtown, Hellgate, Seeley-Swan, Sentinel and Willard. Winners will be selected based on Community Involvement, Aptitude, Character, Academic Interest and Financial Need. Applications will be reviewed by our Board of Directors for final approval. Scholarship funds will be disbursed directly to the post-secondary institution. Students will be required to submit proof of registration. 
    • 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 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.
    • Nordmeier/Tofoya Scholarship:  Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), in partnership with the Bureau of Reclamation and Risk Management Agency, is seeking applicants for this scholarship which was established in honor of two WAPA employees, Bob Nordmeier and Monday Tofoya, who died along with four other employees in a plane crash in Billings.  Because Bob Monday were extensively involved in helping people with permanent disabilities, a $1,000 and a $500 scholarship will be awarded to individuals having a permanent disability.  Applicants must attend a Montana College or Technical School and financial need will be considered.
    • Run Wild Scholarship:  Run Wild Missoula has created a fund to award a scholarship to one male and one female from Missoula and the surrounding area who are completing their senior year of high school and moving on to the collegiate level.  For those of you not familiar with Run Wild Missoula, we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit running club whose mission is to promote and support running and walking for people of all ages and abilities. We accomplish this by organizing a mix of races throughout the year, including our signature event, the Missoula Marathon. We also conduct group runs, training classes and social events and are committed to giving back to our community in meaningful ways. Many of our club members are engaged in high school athletics (especially cross country and track & field) as volunteers, event directors and coaches.  Each recipient will receive a $500 cash scholarship to be used at their discretion for their first year college expenses.
    • 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. 
    • Student View Scholarship Program:  The Student-View Scholarship is based on a random drawing.  Over $10,500 worth of scholarships are available to graduating seniors planning to attend a four-year college, community/junior college or career school.
    • 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
    • University of Montana Shallenberger Scholarship:  The Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Montana, will award a scholarship in honor of the late professor G.D. Shallenberger, professor of physics at the University of Montana from 1923 to 1960. Former students, relatives and friends of Professor Shallenberger have provided the funds for the scholarship.  This is for students interested in pursuing a degree in Physics or Astronomy.
    • Walmart Dependent Scholarships:  Must be the dependent of an associate (employee) of any division of Walmart who has been actively employed with Walmart for at least six consecutive months.  The applicant must also demonstrate financial need.
    • 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.
    • Divorce Matters Scholarship:  This scholarship is available high school seniors and current college students who have either had parents go through a divorce or who have gone through a divorce themselves.  Divorce Matters understands how difficult it can be to pay for college after being involved in a divorce and want to help someone afford a better education. $2,500 (One-time award). Application due May 31, 2018  Must be attending a 4-yr college/university or 2-yr community college for Fall 2018. Incomplete or Late Applications will not be accepted.
    • Evaro Community Senior Scholarship:  The Evaro Community Center is offering at least a $400 scholarship to an Evaro area graduating senior.   The boundaries of the Evaro area are north on Highway 93 to Milepost 13 and south to the bottom of Evaro Hill, to Marent Gulch, including Indreland Road east of the railroad tracks. 
    • Les Irish Memorial Scholarship Program:  Northwestern Scholastic Insurers and the Montana High School Association sponsor a scholarship award of $500 to students pursuing a degree in education. One male and one female student will be awarded the scholarship on an annual basis. Scholarship, leadership, and service to school and community are considered.
    • Martin & Dale Briggeman Scholarship:  This $100 scholarship is for a senior that also completed 8th grade at Bonner School.  Please read the scholarship for more details.
    • Missoula Building Industry Association Scholarships ranging from $1500-$500. Due on May 21, 2018. 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 22nd .Click here for an application. 
    • Missoula Pediatric Dentistry Scholarship:  Applicants must be a high school senior and a patient of record at Missoula Pediatric Dentistry for a minimum of 5 years and plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university or vocational-technical school.
    • Montana Coroner's Association:  This $500 scholarship is available for students planning to enroll in a Criminal Justice or Health Science program of study at a Montana college or university.
    • 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.
    • The 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.
    • Victims into Survivors Scholarship:  This scholarship will be given to an individual that has been sexually abused. All information will be keep confidential between applicant and donor, Madison Louvar. Qualifications are a 2.5 or higher GPA., demonstration of an effort to continue to be in school, continue to be kind to people, and continue to persevere as detailed on the application. Applicant must plan on going to a two or four year college. For the application please see your counselor.

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.
    • Women of AT&T Scholarship: The $1,000 Scholarship cholarship awards shall be given to females who are graduating high school in 2019 or a Freshman in College as of Fall 2019 and pursuing education in the science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) field at an accredited college, university or career school.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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.

August Scholarship Deadlines

    • ABODO:  Seniors can write an essay about what they are excited about his or her hometown (that's Missoula) and how that will be a part of your college life and experience.  Scholarship is $500.
    • Aspiring Nurse Scholarship:  Nursing Schools Almanac is proud to announce our fourth annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship.  A $1,000 scholarship to a future nurse in the high school graduating class of 2018. The winner will best demonstrate:  A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics courses and a passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare. Missoula College of University of Montana Registered Nursing Program qualifies.  Open to all U.S. high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Applicants must be in good academic standing and on track to graduate from high school at the conclusion of the 2017-18 academic year. Important dates August 31, 2018: Submission deadline for scholarship applications is 11:59pm Pacific Time. We recommend composing the 500-word essay in your favorite word processor and then pasting the finished product into the form.
    • Christensen & Hymas General Scholarship:  A $1,000 scholarship open to students with a cumulative 3.5 GPA, enrolled or accepted to a US college or university.
    • Hansen Injury Law Firm Scholarship:  A $1,000 scholarship open to students with a cumulative 3.5 GPA, enrolled or accepted to a US college or university, who have also been impacted by a car crash, bicycle accident or other events leading to personal injuries.
    • Montana Council of Higher Degrees-Loyal Order of Moose:  This scholarship for the second semester of freshmen year is a late deadline for those looking for an extra $1,000 while attending a Montana College or University.  Looking for High School GPA's between 2.3 and 3.0 (higher GPA's will not be considered) and demonstrate financial need.

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