Scholarship Opportunities

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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.


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Complete your RaiseMe Portfolio by adding each of your course grades, club involvement, sports, volunteer activities, and more.
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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

Montana Western Scholarships

  • Award: Varies
    • Below you will find a listing of scholarships available to students with brief information about the scholarship qualifications. To apply for scholarships, you must

You will then have the opportunity to complete a general application and, if applicable, apply for specific scholarships.

  • New students and new transfer students, please use the EMAIL ADDRESS YOU SUBMITTED ON YOUR APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION. You will not receive your official email address until you register for classes. (If you are having trouble, make sure you double check the email you used in the admission process.)
  • Returning students and administrators, please use your official email address. This is the only way your record will be identified in the system.

DO NOT use Internet Explorer when submitting your application. We are experiencing issues with Internet Explorer.


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.

Montana Federation of Public Employees Scholarship

The Montana Federation of Public Employees (MFPE) is awarding a scholarship to a student who has demonstrated academic achievement, financial need, community involvement and/or extracurricular activity. The student or parent/legal guardian must be an active member of MFPE.

Reach Higher Montana Stick With Scholarships

  • Deadline: November 30, 2019
  • Deadline Details: The contest will run Nov. 1 - Nov. 30, 2019
  • Award: Prizes include two $500 scholarships, four $50 Amazon gift cards, and four Hydro Flasks

To enter, students need to:

  • Take a picture of our sticker on an object (water bottle, notebook, laptop, etc.)  Stickers available in the CHS Career Center!
  • Post the picture on Instagram
  • Tag @ReachHigherMontana
  • Follow us on Instagram @ReachHigherMontana

Montana Department of Transportation Aviation Scholarships

  • Deadline: December 1, 2019
  • Deadline Details: Scholarship applications must be postmarked or date stamped on or before 11:59 p.m. MST, December 1, 2019.

Montana is very fortunate to have many generous individuals and organizations that believe in promoting aviation by offering monetary assistance to qualified persons. The Aeronautics Division assists in administering some of these scholarships and encourages participation. The scholarships are offered to Montanans to help defray costs of education (e.g., flight instruction, A&P mechanic school, etc.) and will be presented during the 2020 Montana Aviation Conference in Great Falls, Montana.

How to Apply

Scholarship awards are based on candidate letters explaining the reasons for applying, future career goals, past aviation experience (if any), and outstanding achievements.

Each letter must include a mailing address, email address, and a phone number. The same letter can be used for each scholarship, but candidates must submit one copy addressed to each individual scholarship. Also include a 250-word biography and one self-portrait. These will appear in the 2020 Montana Aviation Conference program for those receiving awards.

Scholarship applications must be postmarked or date stamped on or before 11:59 p.m. MST, December 1, 2019.

Mail scholarship applications to:

MDT – Aeronautics Division
PO Box 200507
Helena, MT 59620-0507


Send scholarship applications via Email.

If you have not received email confirmation within 48 hours of submission or for more information, please call 406-444-2506.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange

  • Deadline: December 3, 2019
  • Award: Full scholarship to live and study in Germany for one academic year.
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The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) program provides full scholarships to American high school students to live and study in Germany for one academic year.

CBYX is currently accepting applications from Montana for the 2020-21 program year.

CBYX is an U.S. Department of State funded scholarship program awarding 250 American students annually the opportunity to live and study abroad in Germany for one academic year. This prestigious scholarship gives participants the unique opportunity to learn a foreign language, experience another culture, and gain a better global understanding all while representing the United States as Youth Ambassadors.

Please note that prior knowledge of German in not necessary to apply! 

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.

The Coolidge Scholarship

  • Deadline: January 16, 2020
  • Deadline Details: All applications must be completed online and submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, Thursday, January 16, 2020.
  • Award: Full-ride scholarship to any accredited U.S. college or university.

“The Coolidge” is among America’s most generous: a full-ride scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study. Unlike other top scholarships, the Coolidge can be used by recipients at any accredited U.S. college or university.

Open exclusively to students in the 11th grade.

Any high school junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2021 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (unfortunately current high school seniors are not eligible to apply).


2020 Youth ServeMontana Scholarships

  • Deadline: January 31, 2020
  • Deadline Details: Applications will begin on October 15, 2019 and close on January 31, 2020.
  • Award: $1,000
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The Governor’s Office of Community Service, Reach Higher Montana and Montana Campus Compact are pleased to announce the 2020 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship opportunity. Up to one hundred high school seniors will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship for their volunteer service in their respective communities.

Qualifying students will have completed 100 hours or more of volunteer service within the last 12 months.

We are delighted to offer this scholarship opportunity to provide financial assistance for our Montana students who will be attending a Montana Campus Compact Institution next fall. 

Questions? Contact the Governor’s Office of Community Service at 406-444-9077 or email

Montana State University Premier Scholarship Program

  • Deadline: February 2, 2020
  • Deadline Details: Apply early. Funds are limited.
  • Award: Varies
  • Find out More →

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.

Joseph “Joey” McKeon Memorial Scholarship

  • Deadline: February 21, 2020
  • Deadline Details: Application is required to be submitted to the Counseling/Career Center at Helena High or Capital High on or before Friday, February 21, 2020.
  • Award: $1,000
  • Download Application

This scholarship is being offered in memory of Joseph Michael “Joey” McKeon who graduated from Helena High School in June 2009 and who died as a result of an automobile accident Sunday, November 22, 2009.  Joey was an avid swimmer, swimming competitively for the Helena Lions Swim Team and the Helena High Bengals from 1995 through his senior year 2009.

Joey was dedicated to his sport of swimming and compassionate and helpful to all his fellow swimmers.  Joey established a legacy in the Helena swimming community and was a leader throughout his four years on the Helena High Bengals swim team.

It is with this same spirit of giving, that his family offers this scholarship to a deserving Helena

High School or Capital High School student athlete and graduate who swam competitively for at least two years for the Helena High Bengals or Capital High Bruins.

Application Requirements

The scholarship is offered to a graduating senior who has swam competitively, for at least two years, for the Helena High Bengals or Capital High Bruins swim teams and has a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.  Applicant may not have been awarded a full athletic or academic scholarship to a university, college, or technical school.

Letter of Reference

Two letters of reference are required, one of which must be from a Helena High or Capital High School teacher or coach.


Please attach a typed essay no longer than two pages describing your school activities and your leadership skills in school, as a member of the swim team, and in the community, along with your educational and career plans.  Include in this essay the name and address of the university, college, or technical school you are planning to attend.


Please attach a current transcript of your high school record.  This does not have to be an official transcript.

Method of Payment

The monetary award of $1,000.00 will be sent to the school the student plans to attend in the fall of 2020 and will be split equally between two semesters.

Montana State Society Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 11, 2020
  • Deadline Details: Mail or email your completed typed or clearly hand-written application to
  • Award: $500
  • Download Application

The recipient will be from Lewis and Clark, Broadwater, Jefferson, or Meagher County. Eligibility requirements for high schools seniors include:

  • Graduating high school
  • Will attend a Montana college/university/vocational or trade school
  • Complete the application process


Montana University System Honor Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 15, 2020
  • Deadline Details: Register online beginning in December.
  • Download Application
The Montana University System Honor Scholarship is a 4-year renewable scholarship that waives the recipient’s tuition when used at an eligible campus.

Montana University System STEM Scholarship Program

Montana’s STEM Scholarship Program is designed to provide an incentive for Montana high school students to prepare for, enter into, and complete degrees in postsecondary fields related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and healthcare. The goal of this program is to increase the number of STEM degree recipients participating in Montana’s workforce.

The application process will open December 1st

Montana Odd Fellow Rebekah Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 15, 2020
  • Deadline Details: This application must be postmarked by March 15th.
  • Award: Several $500.00 scholarships offered.
  • Download Application


  1. We only consider students with a GPA of 3.0 or less. You must include a copy of your grade transcript and cumulative GPA.
  2. You must attend a college, university, vo-tech, beauty school, etc. in Montana.
  3. The $500 will be paid to the institution you attend.
  4. Your application must include all required information asked for on the application. Please click on link.


The Parnell Law Office Distracted Driving Family Plan Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 17, 2020
  • Deadline Details: Start of submission of application is January 1, 2020.
  • Award: First prize: $2,500 Second prize: $1,500 Third Prize $1,000

The Parnall Law Office is proud to offer the 2020 Scholarship Program that is designed to help interested high school (upon graduation from high school) or college students in the United States to attend an institution of higher education, while also bringing to attention to the dangers of distracted driving. $5000 in prizes will be awarded to the top 3 applicants.

Montana 4-H Foundation Scholarships

  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Deadline Details: Scholarship applications must be received (or postmarked) by April 1st.

Scholarships and grants provide opportunities for youth and adults to strengthen their skills and maximize their positive impacts on the communities in which they live.

Utah State Huntsman Scholar Program

  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Deadline Details: April 1, 2020 for Fall 2020 entry. PRIORITY DEADLINE: February 15, 2020
  • Award: $2,000 annual scholarship

Application Requirements

Step 1  Meet ONE or more of the following qualification:

  • Top 10 % of high school class
  • 3.7+ High School GPA
  • 28+ ACT/1310+ SAT score
  • 3.5+ High School GPA and 24+ ACT/1160+SAT

Step 2  Apply to Utah State and select one of the seven business majors as your “field of study.”

Black Mountain Software Scholarship

  • Deadline: April 15, 2020
  • Deadline Details: Must be emailed or postmarked on or before April 15, 2020.
  • Award: $1,000 (Two will be offered)
  • Download Application

Any Montana high school senior graduating in 2020 may apply if he or she will be attending an accredited institution of higher education. These accredited institutions include trade schools, technical schools, colleges or universities. The applicant’s field of study may be any field that they want to pursue.

Applications and essays may be submitted electronically or mailed to Black Mountain Software. Please see the scholarship application for those specific addresses along with instructions for completing the application form and requirements for the essay. All submissions must be emailed or postmarked on or before April 15, 2020.

 Black Mountain Software looks forward to honoring two Montana high school graduates with these scholarships to help defray the costs of continuing with their education.

Last Chance Audubon Society Scholarship

  • Deadline: April 15, 2020
  • Deadline Details: April 15, 2020 submission deadline, selection to be made by April 30, 2020
  • Award: Up tp two $1,000 scholarships
  • Download Application


  • A $1,000 to a Helena Scholl District senior with documented college acceptance
  • Intended study should be related to LCAS’s and/or National Audubon’s mission
  • Selection to be made by April 30, 2020
  • Awards made August 2020


  • April 15, 2020 submission deadline
  • Application is on our website or contact your school counselor
  • Include a letter of recommendation and essay
  • Further questions – call or email LCAS President Janice Miller, 439-5762, or Education Chair Sumner Sharpe, 443-6536,
  • For instructions and links to forms see website