Scholarship Opportunities

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Need helping organizing your scholarship applications?  Try using this checklist or create a similar one for your own use.

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Scholarship Search Engines

Montana Colleges Scholarship Links

Listed below are scholarships that we have found or ones that have been sent to us to post.

They are listed by due date.

Early Childhood Education Degree Scholarships

Some of these scholarships will be dedicated to ECE specifically; whereas, others will be dedicated to future teachers in general. Be sure to look at all scholarships for education majors no matter whether the scholarship is for college and university expenses, liscensure, or for conferences.


How it Works:

1. Discover Colleges                                                                                                   Learn more about which colleges could be a great fit for you, see the micro-scholarships they’re offering, and share that you’re interested by hitting the “Follow” button (for each school).

2. Add Your Achievements
Complete your RaiseMe Portfolio by adding each of your course grades, club involvement, sports, volunteer activities, and more.
3. Earn Scholarships for Your Achievements
For each achievement, you’ll earn a micro-scholarships from colleges you’re Following, the sum of which you’ll be awarded when you attend that college.

Reach Higher Montana

Students and families who are looking for ways to pay for postsecondary education should make scholarships a significant part of their plan.

Scholarships are money for school that doesn’t need to be repaid, and they are distributed to students for excellence in academics, skill in sports, financial need, or even the desire to pursue a certain career path. There really is one, or more, out there for everyone.

Begin searching at least a year before you plan on starting school. To find scholarships, ask your high school counselor, the financial aid staff at the postsecondary school you want to attend or check out Scholly, our scholarship search tool!

Course Hero Ongoing Monthly Scholarships


– Must attend a university or plan to attend a university (a four-year or a two-year college)

– Must be a US Citizen

– Must be at least 16 years old
– Deadlines vary by month

University of Montana Academic Achievement Scholarship (MAA)

  • Deadline Details: Awards begin after November 15
  • Award: $1,000 - $3,000
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The Montana Resident Entering Student Scholarship Program draws together many endowed scholarships and donations into a single scholarship pool known as the Montana Academic Achievement Scholarship (MAA). All new incoming University of Montana students pursuing their first bachelor’s degree will automatically be considered for scholarships. The application for admission serves as the scholarship application.

MAA scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000. Awarding begins after November 15.

The ACT Scholarship Giveaway

  • Award: Grand Prize - 1 Winner $40,000 scholarship, $5,000 tech package Test Date Prizes - 3 Winners $5,000 scholarship, $5,000 tech package
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10th and 11th graders register for a chance to win a $40,000 scholarship and a $5,000 tech package when you take the ACT test!

Please click on the link for more information and official rules.

Independent Record and Shodair Children’s Hospital Essay Contest

  • Deadline: September 22, 2019
  • Deadline Details: Submit online by Sunday, September 22, 2019
  • Award: One $500 to high school student and one $250 to middle school student
  • How To Apply:
  • Download Application

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

In 500 words or less,

What do you consider the stigmas of mental health and what can you do to eliminate it?

Quest Bridge

  • Deadline: September 26, 2019
  • Award: Full Four-Year Scholarship
  • How To Apply:
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Who Should Apply:

The National College Match is open to high school seniors who demonstrate:

  • Academic Achievement: Earn primarily A’s in the most challenging courses available and display intellectual curiosity and strong writing ability.
  • Financial Need: Come from households earning less than $65,000 annually (for a typical family of four), with minimal assets.
  • Strength in Character: Have resilience, integrity, and motivation to succeed.

U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Program

  • Deadline: October 1, 2019
  • Deadline Details: The application must be completed in its entirety and postmarked by 11:59 p.m. on October 1, 2019. The two successful delegates and two successful alternates will be notified in December.
  • Award: Two students from Montana will be selected to receive one $10,000 scholarship each, along with a required, one-week, all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C., for Washington Week, March 7-14, 2020.
  • Download Application
  • Find out More →

How to Qualify

  • Be a junior or senior in a Montana public, private, or charter high school. Students need not be nominated to apply for the scholarship.
  • Hold a leadership position in any one of the following student government, civic, or educational organizations during the entire 2019-20 academic year:
    • Student body president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer
    • Class president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer
    • Student Council representative
    • National Honor Society officer
    • Student representative elected or appointed (by a panel, commission, or board) to a local, district, regional, state-level civic, service, and/or educational organization
  • Be a permanent resident of the United States at the time of application
  • Be a Montana resident at the time of application

For more information on eligibility, code of conduct, and complete rules, click USSYP 2020 Brochure.

Zach Anderson Memorial Scholarship

  • Deadline: November 1, 2019
  • Deadline Details: Applications are received September 1 - November 1. $1,000 scholarship will be awarded om January 29 each year.
  • Award: $1,000
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The Zach Anderson Memorial Wrestling Scholarship was set up to help students continue their education. We wish each applicant good luck with their schooling and wrestling careers.

Zach is dearly loved and missed every day by all of his family, cousins, and friends.

Eligibility Criteria

1) Open to both male and female wrestlers.

2) Open to Graduating Seniors through Junior year in College.

3) To qualify, you must have graduated from a high school in North Dakota or Montana.

4) To qualify, you must have participated in wrestling during high school.

5) A copy of your most recent grade transcripts are required.

* $1,000 Annual Scholarship  ($500 / semester)

* Scholarship recipients need to complete an application on a yearly basis.
* Apply ONLINE or Download and MAIL to PO Box 906 Columbus, MT 59019.

* Available to full time students only.



Montana State University Presidential Scholarship

  • Deadline: December 6, 2019
  • Deadline Details: The application deadline is 3 pm MT on December 6, 2019. Supportive materials (two letters of recommendation, transcripts and counselor verification) need to be submitted online by 3 pm MT on December 13, 2019.
  • Award: Full tuition waivers and generous stipends for four years.
  • Find out More →

2020 Presidential Scholarship Application is Open!

The Presidential Scholarships are Montana State University’s most distinguished academic awards, recognizing scholastic achievement, demonstrated leadership and unique personal qualities. Scholarship recipients receive annual tuition waivers, a generous stipend and other unique incentives for each of four years. Recent Presidential Scholars have gone on to receive such renowned awards as the Goldwater, Truman, Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell scholarships. As Ambassadors of the university, they reflect its highest ideals through demonstrated leadership and public service, and are in the process of leaving a unique fingerprint on their world.

University of Montana Presidential Leadership Scholarship

  • Deadline: December 6, 2019
  • Deadline Details: All DHC Application Forms completed and submitted to the Davidson Honors College by the first Friday in December will be considered for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship. Eligible candidates for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship must be recent high school graduates who have not previously enrolled as a regular college or university student.
  • Award: Full tuition waiver and stipend ranging from $5,000 to $7,500.
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The Presidential Leadership Scholarship is the University of Montana’s premier freshman scholarship. 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. Non-resident students either have their tuition discounted through the WUE program or they receive a waiver equivalent to in-state tuition. All PLS recipients also receive a stipend of $7,500 for the Gold Level or $5,000 for the Silver Level.

PLS recipients cannot receive tuition designated scholarships in excess of tuition. Usually, non-resident students awarded the LAS or WSS are able to retain their scholarship in addition to the waiver of in-state tuition because the combination does not exceed tuition. Resident students who are awarded UM’s Montana Academic Achievement Scholarship (MAA) are not able to retain these as they are also tuition designated. MT residents cannot receive the tuition waiver associated with the PLS and the MUS Honors Scholarship so should accept the MUS Honors Scholarship because of its portability.

All DHC Application Forms completed and submitted to the Davidson Honors College by the first Friday in December will be considered for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship. Eligible candidates for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship must be recent high school graduates who have not previously enrolled as a regular college or university student.

Montana State University Premier Scholarship Program

  • Deadline: February 2, 2020
  • Deadline Details: Apply early. Funds are limited.
  • Award: Varies
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To be considered for MSU Premier Scholarships, which will be available to incoming Montana resident students, please complete this application. The application deadline is 2/1 for fall semester! Apply early. Funds are limited.

If you have questions, please call (406) 994-2452 or 1-888-MSU-CATS. Applicants must apply for admission (be sure to include self reported GPA and class rank if applicable) and have official ACT and/or SAT scores sent directly to MSU from the testing agency to be considered for scholarships. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Premier Scholarships may be used to cover tuition only.