Scholarship Opportunities


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Horatio Alger National Scholarship

Online Application

The Horatio Alger Association will be awarding scholarships to graduating high school seniors planning on attending college in the fall of 2018.  Eligible applicants must be enrolled as a full-time high school senior in the US and be on track to graduate in the spring/summer of 2018.  In addition to planning on entering college in the fall, applicants must show a strong commitment and desire to complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited public or private US institution.  Applicants must be involved in extra-curricular and community service activities and show critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income).  Interested students should act with integrity and show perseverance in overcoming adversity as well as have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and be a US citizen.

PEO Star Scholarship (Philanthropic Educational Organization)


  • Deadline: October 16th, 2017
  • Award: $2,500
  • Looking for women who:
    • Exhibits excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, community service and potential for future success 
    • Is in the final academic year (senior year) of her secondary education and is 20 years of age or under at the end of the calendar year
    • Has a minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Is a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States or Canada
    • Plans to attend an accredited postsecondary educational institution in the United States or Canada, full-time or part-time, in the fall of the academic year following high school graduation
    • Is recommended by and receives the vote of a local P.E.O. chapter

COCA-COLA Scholars

    • Deadline: October 31, 2017
    • Award: Regional Finalists: $1,000; Scholars: $20,000
    • Scholarship Type: General
    • How To Apply: Online Application

Online Application

This is an achievement-based scholarship through the Coca-Cola Foundation.   There are different stages for this scholarship’s application process.  The first stage is online and does not require any essays or letters of recommendation.  It does, however, ask for quite a bit of information about the school you attend, your grades, all of your extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and honors/awards.  See Ms. Oliveira in the counseling office if you need help gathering some of this information.


    • Deadline: October 31, 2017
    • Award: Amounts vary at each level of competition
    • Find out More →


“Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) 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, American History: Our Hope for the Future.”  This competition is open to 9th-12th graders, and the judging criteria is originality, content and delivery.

Angelina Sinrud
Jr. Vice Commander
John W. Mahan VFW Post 1116
P.O. Box 197
Helena, Montana  59624

Angelina’s phone number:  (406) 437-3399


Online Application

“Emotional Support Animal Co. focuses on helping individuals turn their beloved pet into an emotional support animal.  It is important for us to help you feel comfortable and to us that means having an emotional support animal by your side.  We are happy to announce that we are going to be awarding a $500 scholarship to young adults suffering from any form of mental illness.  The scholarship will go towards any type of educational expenses incurred.  Applicants must be attending school, whether it be a junior college, trade college, or university.  If you are qualified, and interested in applying, simply write an essay on the topic: ‘how an emotional support animal has helped you or someone you know.’”  The application for this scholarship is online and requires your contact information and the essay.



  • Deadline: November 17, 2017
  • Award: $300-$1,200
  • Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation and neatness.  Additional rules and guidelines can be found by contacting your local DAR chapter.
    One winning essay from each participating chapter is submitted for judging on the state level. Each state winner is judged on the divisional level and the divisional winners move on to the national level, where the winner is announced. The national winner is invited to read their winning essay at the National Columbus Day celebration in Washington, D.C.
  • Christoper Columbus Guidelines
  • Christopter Columbus Essay
  • Christopher Columbus Judges form


    • Deadline: November 27, 2017
    • Award: $1,000 – $12.500
    • Scholarship Type: General
    • How To Apply: Applications can be found here:
    • How To Apply: Online Application
    • Find out More →

Online Application

The Elks National Foundation will award 500 scholarships between $1,000 and $12,500 (renewable for four years).  Eligible applicants are all high school seniors that are US citizens.  Being a relative of an Elks member is not a requirement.  Recipient selection will be based on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.  Applications will be judged starting at the local level and then, if selected, will move through the district, state and national levels.  If an applicant advances through a level, applicants will be notified by e-mail.  The top 20 national finalists will be invited and required to participate in The Leadership Weekend which includes an interview.  Leadership Weekend is an all-expenses paid trip and will take place in Chicago from April 26th – April 29th.


Montana State University Presidential Scholarship

    • Deadline: December 1, 2017
    • Deadline Details: On or before December 1st by 3:00pm MST
    • Award: Full tuition and stipend
    • Scholarship Type: MSU
    • How To Apply: Online Application
    • Find out More →

Online Application

“The Presidential Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship at Montana State University, in recognition of academic excellence and demonstrated potential for leadership and service.  Up to twenty such scholarships will be awarded to freshmen entering Montana State University each fall.  The Presidential Scholarship includes a full tuition waiver and a generous stipend renewable for up to four years.  Finalists who do not receive the Presidential Scholarship will be considered for the Provost Scholarship, which also provides a full tuition waiver renewable for four years and a stipend.  Presidential and Provost Scholars automatically receive admission to the Honors College.  A cumulative GPA of 3.75 and a composite score of 30 on the ACT or 2000 on the SAT (all 3 scores)/new SAT scores of 1410 (2 scores) are the expected norms for applicants.  The Presidential Scholarship application for fall 2017 awards is 3:00pm MST, December 1, 2017.  (Note: the application will be fully online.)  Applicants need to submit their materials by the December 2nd deadline.  Supportive materials (2 letters of recommendation, transcripts and the counselor verification) need to be submitted online by 3:00pm MST on December 11, 2017.

University of Montana Presidential Leadership Scholarship

Online Application

“The Presidential Leadership Scholarships are the University of Montana’s premier academic scholarships, recognizing outstanding talent, academic performance, and contribution to the community. These awards are renewable for four years, subject to satisfactory performance by the student.. . . All DHC Supplemental Application Forms completed and submitted to the Davidson Honors College by the deadline will be considered for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship.”  All applications received after the deadline will be considered for the Davidson Honors College but are not eligible for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship.




New first year students who will graduate from a Montana high school, have applied for admission and filed a FAFSA by December 1, 2017 may be eligible for a $2,000 Montana Advantage Grant.  This award may be reduced or cancelled if an applicant receives an athletic scholarship. (Carroll’s school code for the FAFSA is 002526)  Visit their website; hover over “Admission & Aid” and then click on “Scholarships & Aid.”




    • Deadline: December 1, 2017
    • Deadline Details: Application materials must be post-marked by the deadline date.
    • Award: $300 to the recipient and $200 to the charity of her choice
    • How To Apply: Online Application
    • Find out More →

Online Application

This award from our local Soroptimist Club is open to young women between the ages of 14 and 17 who have demonstrated initiative in both identifying a problem and trying to solve it, and have had significant and noteworthy accomplishments as volunteers.  The recipient of this award will receive $300, and an additional $200 will go to the charity of her choice.  The application can be found online.  All application materials should be received by the deadline date and sent to the address listed below.

Scholarship Committee
SI of Helena
PO Box 1216
Helena, MT  59624


    • Deadline: December 1, 2017
    • Deadline Details: Application opens on October 1, 2017
    • Award: Four $500 scholarships; one $1,000 scholarship
    • Find out More →

Online Application

Once you complete the FAFSA you can take an online survey and be entered into a drawing for one of four $500 scholarships and a grand prize scholarship of $1,000.  Reach Higher Montana will announce the weekly and grand prize winners on Facebook.  Weekly drawings will take place on November 6th, 13th, 22nd, and 28th, and the grand prize drawing will take place on December 5th.  “Scholarship drawing opens Oct. 1 and closes Dec. 1, 2017.  All entries received at the time of each drawing will be eligible for entry.  Individuals are eligible to win one $500 scholarship.  All entries – including $500 scholarship winners – will be entered into the grand prize drawing.”  Visit the Reach Higher Montana webpage and click on “I did my FAFSA.”


AXA Achievement Scholarship

Online Application

One winner from each state, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico will be selected to receive a one-time scholarship of $10,000.  From these 52 winners, 10 will be chosen as national award winners and will receive an additional $15,000.  Applicants apply online and must be planning on attending a 2-year or 4-year school full-time for the 2018-2019 school year.  AXA scholarship winners have ambition and drive, a determination to set and reach goals; have respect for self, family and community; and have an ability to succeed in college.

**Note that only the first 10,000 applications will be accepted, so apply early!**

Best of Senior Living Scholarship  Three $2,000 scholarships available to students enrolled in an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or graduate level program at an accredited 2-year college or 4-year university. Each eligible student must submit a 500-750 word essay response to the question: How can your major of study improve the lives of seniors in assisted living facilities in your town?


Online Application

“The OppU Achievers Scholarship celebrates students who transform opportunity into results.  It rewards achievement in its many forms and honors those who create opportunity for both themselves and others.  Founded in 2016, the scholarship provides $2,500 for current or future education costs.  Scholarship selections are made four times a year.  (December 31, March 31, June 30)  Annually, the OppU Achievers Scholarship awards a total of $10,000 to students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement.”  This scholarship is for current high school and college students, and all applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.



Online Application

There are many scholarships available to incoming freshmen at UM Western.  Be sure to apply by the deadline.



    • Deadline: January 15, 2018
    • Deadline Details: Application will be open beginning on December 1, 2017
    • Award: $1,000
    • Find out More →

Online Application

The Reach Higher Montana Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship for seniors graduating from a Montana high school who will be attending a Montana college/university.  Interested applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.


Online Application

After applying for admission to MT Tech you’ll receive information on how to apply for their freshmen scholarships.



Online Application

Check-out all of the scholarships available to MSU Billings students on their website!


Online Application

“Montana State University will offer millions of dollars in scholarships and grants to talented Montana freshmen who enter MSU in 2018/2019 through the MSU Premier Scholarship Program.  These awards will be targeted toward Montana Freshmen who show academic promise based upon ACT and/or SAT scores, grade point average and class rank (if applicable).  Financial need, leadership experience, activities and honors may also be considered.  These awards will be applied toward tuition only.”  In order to apply for this scholarship you must apply for admission to the university, send your ACT and/or SAT scores to the school, and complete the MSU Premier Scholarship Application online. Apply early!


    • Deadline: February 13, 2018
    • Deadline Details: 11:59PM PST
    • Award: $10,000
    • Find out More →

Online Application

“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. We recommend getting as creative as possible, telling us the story of a person harmed by unethical business practices and how BBB can help educate consumers in advance to prevent scams or to help consumers report scams or bad businesses.”  (This scholarship application opens October 3, 2017, but you could start planning your video now.)




This is a $1,000 scholarship for current high school juniors and seniors as well as current college students.  The application for this scholarship is an essay that needs to be submitted via e-mail.  That e-mail also needs to include your name, the school you’re attending this year, and the school you’ll be attending next year.  Essay prompt:  describe three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.

Send your essay to:



Applicants for this $1,000 scholarship (high school juniors and seniors and current college students) will need to write an essay that is between 500 and 1,000 words.  Essay Prompt: “Describe your educational, career, and life goals.  Explain your plan for achieving these goals.  Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.”  Essays should be submitted to the following address:  


Online Application

“The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. In order to do our part we are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in.” The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post-secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community.  The application for this $500 scholarship consists of a 500-1,000 word essay that addresses these questions:

How did your participation in sports during your high school years influence you?

Has your participation influenced your career goals?

Has your participation influenced how you related to your family?

Your essay should be e-mailed to:
Be sure to include your name and school name with your essay.