Scholarship Opportunities

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

They are listed by due date.

Bonnie Sue Heller Memorial High School Senior Softball Grant

  • Deadline: February 15, 2018
  • Deadline Details: Return the grant application, essay and letters of recommendation to: Helena Girls Softball Association ATTN: Bonnie Sure Heller Grant Application PO Box 5021 Helena, MT 59601
  • Award: $1,000
  • How To Apply:
  • Download Application

The Helena Girls Softball Association (HGSA) established the Bonnie Sue Heller Memorial High School Senior Grant Fund for the benefit of high school senior girls who have participated in HGSA for a minimum of two seasons.

Quest Bridge Scholarship

  • Deadline: September 27, 2018
  • Award: Full, four-year scholarships
  • How To Apply:
  • Find out More →

We do not have absolute criteria or cut-offs for GPA, standardized test scores, or income and we take a holistic approach in reviewing applications. When selecting Finalists, we consider the following questions:

  • Does this student have the motivation and academic ability to thrive at one of our college partners?
  • Has this student overcome socio-economic obstacles to achieve academic excellence?

The 2019 U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship

  • Deadline: October 1, 2018
  • Award: $10,000 along with a one-week, all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C.
  • How To Apply:

The US Senate Youth Scholarship is sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and administered by the Office of Public Instruction.

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation believes it is in the public interest to encourage outstanding young people to continue their educational development. To this end, the foundation will make available to each of the 104 delegates selected to participate in the program a $10,000 college scholarship award for undergraduate studies, subject to specific conditions and requirements.

AES Engineers

  • Deadline: October 6, 2018
  • Award: $5,000
  • How To Apply:

The consulting firm of AES Engineers is committed to continuing its support of higher education by providing scholarships to deserving students.  This award is available to all students, regardless of their field of study.

To be eligible the student needs to answer one of the essay questions that they will find on our site at 

We are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluating the essays that are submitted.

Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship

  • Deadline: October 17, 2018
  • Award: $5,000 – 100 Awards
  • How To Apply:

To be eligible students must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 and participate in at least one of 47 sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the summer and winter Olympic Games.

Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway

  • Deadline: October 17, 2018
  • Award: $100,000 – 20 Awards
  • How To Apply:

To be eligible students must be a legal resident of the 50 United States and be between the ages of 18-24.

Voice of Democracy Scholarship

  • Deadline: October 31, 2018
  • Award: $30,000
  • How To Apply:

Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.

The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Coca-Cola Scholars Program

  • Deadline: October 31, 2018
  • Award: $20,000 – 150 Awards
  • How To Apply:

To be eligible students must be attending a school in the U.S. and be graduating during the 2018-2019 academic school year.


  • Deadline: November 1, 2018
  • Deadline Details: UM deadline is 11/01/18, varies for other Montana schools
  • Award: Varies
  • How To Apply:

STEP 1:  Create an account by visiting, click on “I’m a Student” and follow the instructions.

STEP 2:  Click on the scholarships tab to see what achievements colleges and universities are willing to award.

STEP 3:  Add your achievements from high school to your portfolio.

STEP 4:  Search for the colleges you’re interested in and follow them.

STEP 5:  See how much you’ve earned in micro-scholarships from universities!

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

  • Deadline: November 6, 2018
  • Award: State-Level: $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip with parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. National Level: An additional $5,000
  • How To Apply:

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. Created in 1995 by Prudential and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the program honors middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state and national level.

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

  • Deadline: November 12, 2018
  • Award: $500 – 391 Awards
  • How To Apply:

To be eligible student must be female, 13 years of age or older, and attending school in the U.S.

Reach Higher Montana #FAFSAface

  • Deadline: December 1, 2018
  • Deadline Details: Finalists will be chosen starting Dec. 2.
  • Award: $1,000
  • How To Apply: Share the photo on our Reach Higher Montana Facebook or Instagram and tag #FAFSAface in the caption or comments.

We’re giving away a $1,000 scholarship to a Montana high school senior who completes the FAFSA by December 1 and shows us their #FAFSAface. To enter, take a selfie and mark, write or sticker #FAFSAface on it. Share the photo on Facebook or Instagram and tag #FAFSAface in the caption or comments.

Finalists will be chosen starting Dec. 2 and a winner will be announced on Dec. 10, 2018.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange

  • Deadline: December 11, 2018
  • Award: Full scholarships to American high school students to live and study in Germany for one academic year
  • How To Apply:


  • A U.S. citizen
  • Between the ages 15 and 18 1/2 on August 1 of the year before the program will begin
  • A current high school student at the time of application, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Additional criteria detailed in the application

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

MT-WANTO Scholarship

  • Deadline: December 31, 2018
  • Deadline Details: These scholarships are funded under a USDOL Women’s Bureau grant. Funds will be awarded until they are depleted or when the grant expires at the end of 2018, whichever comes first.
  • Award: $500
  • How To Apply: Application form can be found in the Career Center

The MT-WANTO scholarship is targeted to women entering non-traditional construction careers.  Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and be accepted into 1) a registered apprenticeship program; 2) college non-trad construction program, or 3) be employed in a non-traditional construction occupation.  Non-traditional construction occupations include carpentry, heavy equipment operators, mechanics, welders, ironworkers, bricklayers, stonemasons, electricians, painters, plumbers, laborers, cement masons, insulation workers, roofers, HVAC technician, surveyor, architect,  etc.

College Peas Student Standout

  • Deadline: December 31, 2018
  • Award: $400
  • How To Apply:

To qualify for the College Peas Standout Student Scholarship you must be a current high school student and:

  • Be a current high school student that Intends to enroll full-time at a four-year college.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0/4.0.
  • Submit a short essay describing a special skill, talent or interest that helps you standout from your peers. The essay should be no longer than 100 words.’s Wealth Wise Scholarship

  • Deadline: December 31, 2018
  • Deadline Details: The scholarship is due December 31, 2018. Winners will be announced January 21, 2019.
  • Award: $1,000
  • How To Apply: To apply, please mail your official transcript and original essay to the following address: Attn: Wealth Wise Scholarship 15 SE 1st Ave Suite B Gainesville, FL 32601
  • Find out More →
The Wealth Wise Scholarship is open to US undergraduate and graduate students seeking a career in the finance industry.

The scholarship amount is $1,000 and will be awarded based on academic merit and submission of a short essay to be titled How the US Credit Scoring System Can Be Improved.


To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Major of study must support a career in the finance industry (e.g., finance, business, accounting, mathematics, management, and other related majors)
  • Must be a US resident
  • Must send in an official transcript
  • Must be a current or future college student (e.g., high school senior)
  • Scholarship must go to tuition purposes (will be paid directly to the university/college)
  • Complete an essay for submission (see essay guidelines below)
Please note the following deadlines:
  • Due Date: December 31, 2018
  • Announced: January 21, 2019
  • Awarded: January 31, 2019

Essay Guidelines

Please adhere to the essay guidelines below:
  • Essay Topic/Title: How the US Credit Scoring System Can Be Improved. This essay will explore current issues in today’s credit landscape and various ways to offset the negative implications that affect many Americans’ ability to access capital.
  • The essay should be 500-900 words.
  • Any resources should be carefully noted and cited appropriately using the MLA format.
  • Any plagiarism or fabrication will disqualify the applicant from award disbursement.
  • The essay should be written in 12-point font, Times New Roman, double-spaced, 1-inch margins.

How to Apply

To apply, please mail your official transcript and original essay to the following address:
Attn: Wealth Wise Scholarship
15 SE 1st Ave
Suite B
Gainesville, FL 32601

SeniorAdvice Caregiver Scholarship

  • Deadline: January 15, 2019
  • Award: $2,000
  • How To Apply:

We are offering a $2,000 scholarship to an eligible student who has been a caregiver for a senior friend or relative. One student, who will be attending college or university in the Spring of 2019, will receive $2,000 for tuition and/or books.

The VEC Leadership Award/MECA Memorial Scholarship

At Vigilante Electric we understand the importance and costs of a higher education.  This year, we are again pairing our Leadership Award with the Montana Electric Cooperative Association’s (MECA) Memorial Scholarship, giving deserving students the opportunity to win two $500 scholarships while filling out one application.

The VEC Leadership Award/ MECA Memorial Scholarship are given to students that not only excel in the classroom, but in their communities as well.  Judging is based on academic strength, activities in school and community, awards and honors, employment, volunteerism, community service and a personal statement.

All educational opportunities through Vigilante Electric are funded by unclaimed capital credits which we are required to retain for five years.  At the end of this period we can either use the funds for educational purposes or turn them over to the State of Montana.

The deadline for this scholarship opportunity is January 18, 2019.  The top applications will receive our Leadership Award and the best application will be forwarded to MECA for consideration for their Memorial Scholarship. Past recipients are not eligible.

Click here to download application


2019 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship

  • Deadline: January 31, 2019
  • Deadline Details: Applicant must submit a completed application and proof of acceptance to one of Montana's Campus Compact member institutions to the Governor's Office of Community Service by January 31, 2019.
  • Award: $1,000
  • How To Apply:
  • Download Application

The Governor’s Office of Community Service, Reach Higher Montana and Montana Campus Compact are pleased to announce the 2019 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. Applications will begin in October and close on January 31, 2019. 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.

The Montana Woman Foundation Scholarship

  • Deadline: February 1, 2019
  • Deadline Details: Applications accepted November 1, 2018 – February 1. 2019
  • Award: The TMW Scholarship is a “sliding scale” scholarship.
  • How To Apply: email:

The Montana Woman Foundation (MWF) has scholarships available for women of all ages who want to begin their education or go back to college. MWF is a 501(c)3, non-profit foundation. We strive to promote communities which recognize and support the beauty and power of women, their dreams and the significance of their contributions in our lives.

2018-2019 Joseph “Joey” McKeon Memorial Scholarship

  • Deadline: February 15, 2019
  • Deadline Details: Application is required to be submitted to the Counseling/Career Center at Helena High or Capital High on or before Friday, February 15, 2019.
  • Award: $1,000
  • How To Apply: Please see attached application.
  • 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.


  • Deadline: March 23, 2019
  • Award: See Website
  • How To Apply:

MSU is committed to shaping and supporting the educational experience of recent Montana high school graduates who want to play an active and deliberate role in advancing their futures. The MSU Hilleman Scholars Program is by invitation only. Hilleman Scholars should be eager to build something better for themselves and their communities through service to others.

Only Montana residents and 2018 high school graduates who have submitted an application for enrollment at MSU will be considered. Applications for the program are due no later than Friday, March 23rd. Applications must be submitted online unless an alternative format is requested in advance from the MSU Hilleman Scholars Program at (406) 994-3434.


Hilleman Scholar Program invitations are based upon:

  • Montana residency.
  • Graduation from a Montana high school in 2018.
  • Pell eligibility.

Hilleman Scholars Program selection is based upon:

  • Your academic, leadership, and career potential, as demonstrated in your essay and letter of reference.
  • Commitment to actively participate in the Summer Success Academy (tentative dates are July 16 – August 24, 2018).
  • Commitment to graduate from MSU in four years.
  • Commitment to fully comply with all Hilleman Scholars Program requirements (including adhering to the MSU Academic Success & Career Plan during all four years of enrollment).
  • Geographic representation in Montana.

Additional information can be found at

Prickly Pear Sportsmen’s Association Scholarship

  • Deadline: April 1, 2019
  • Deadline Details: Return this application postmarked no later than Monday, April 1, 2019.
  • Award: $500
  • How To Apply: Return postmarked application to: Prickly Pear Sportsmen's association *Attention: Scholarship Committee* PO Box 5025 Helena, MT 59604
  • Download Application

Prickly Pear Sportsmen’s Association: Our objective is to conserve and perpetuate fishing, hunting and other sports as high quality recreational activities in the State of Montana. The Association promotes high standards of sportsmanship, marksmanship, and safe firearm education.

2, $500 scholarships will be awarded to seniors.

Gates of the Mountains Foundation

  • Deadline: April 2, 2019
  • Deadline Details: "On of before" April 2nd of the applicant's high school graduation year. Exceptions may be granted for eligible GED graduates.
  • Award: $1,000 for two consecutive years.
  • How To Apply: Application (attached) including a personal letter, two separate letters of reference and transcript.
  • Download Application

The Gates of the Mountains Foundation in a non-profit corporation established in 1973 to preserve the heritage of the 1805 Lewis and Clark expedition. Through a balance in preservation, education and recreation, the Foundation strives to safeguard the Gates of the Mountains region for generations to come.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a graduating high school student from the Helena Public School system or a Helena student having received his/her GED and not over 21 years of age. 

Black Mountain Software

  • Deadline: April 15, 2019
  • Deadline Details: All submissions must be emailed or postmarked on or before April 15, 2019.
  • Award: $1,000.00
  • How To Apply: Application (attached) and essay may be mailed to: Black Mountain Software ATTN: Scholarship Application Committee 145 Southlake Crest, Suite 1 Polson, MT 59860 Or, emailed to:
  • Download Application

Black Mountain Software is offering two, $1,000 scholarships to Montana students. All interested 2019 graduating Montana high school seniors who will be attending an accredited institution of higher education are eligible. These accredited institutions include trade schools, technical schools, colleges or universities.

Black Mountain Software

ATTN: Scholarship Application Committee

145 Southlake Crest, Suite 1

Polson, MT 59860

Or emailed to:


B. Davis Scholarship

  • Deadline: May 24, 2019
  • Deadline Details: Your submissions must be sent to us by email at
  • Award: $1,000
  • How To Apply:
Application Procedure
To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay of less than 1000 words on the topic below:Your submissions must be sent to us by email at


Describe the 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. 

This Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post secondary institution.

  • There is no age restriction
  • Be sure to include your name and the school you are attending this year and next
  • This is not an academic scholarship but we would like to know where you are going to school now and what your future academic plans are.Please do not send transcripts or letters of recommendation at this time.

2+2 Honor Scholarship

  • Deadline: June 30, 2019
  • Deadline Details: Application packets and additional materials must be postmarked bu June 30, 2019.
  • Award: Tuition waiver
  • How To Apply:
  • Download Application

2+2 Honor Scholarships are awarded annually to Montana students graduating from MUS 2-year campuses. This scholarship waives tuition for 2 years as these students continue their education at a qualifying 4-year institutions.