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.

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.

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

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.

Big Sky State Games Character Counts! Scholarship

$500 to male and female students, recipients will be recognized at the Big Sky State Games Opening Ceremonies.


  • You must be a junior in high school and have participated in the Big Sky State Games to complete this scholarship form.

Helena Lions Club Community Service Memorial Scholarship

  • Deadline: May 22, 2019
  • Deadline Details: The application should be postmarked by May 22, 2019
  • Award: $1,000
  • How To Apply: Materials should be postmarked by May 22, 2019, to the Helena Lions Club, Attn. Scholarship Committee, Box 1077, Helena, MT 59624

Those graduating seniors interested in applying for this scholarship are required to submit the following:

  • Written narrative of their interest and involvement in community service related activities and other qualifications. Narrative length is limited to two pages.
  • Documentation of their grade point average.
  • Minimum of three reference letters.

The above items should be postmarked by May 22, 2019, to the Helena Lions Club, Attn. Scholarship Committee, Box 1077, Helena, MT 59624. The scholarship winner will be notified by June 5, 2019.

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.

Ray Hunthausen Junior Golf Foundation Scholarship Application

  • Deadline: May 24, 2019
  • Deadline Details: The application must be postmarked by May 24, 2019 to be eligible for the scholarship.
  • Award: $1,000
  • How To Apply: If you have questions, please call Tori at 406-431-5512, or email at
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The Ray Hunthausen Junior Golf Foundation $1,000 college scholarship was established to help high school seniors who will be continuing education beyond high school. This scholarship is not based on golf skill. The only criteria for applicants is involvement in golf in some manner: a player, member of a school golf team, participation in a junior golf program, employee in a pro shop, or work on the grounds crew at a golf course.

Amethyst Scholarship

  • Deadline: May 31, 2019
  • Deadline Details: All entries must be submitted by midnight ET on May 31, 2019.
  • Award: $500
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Amethyst is passionate about helping people succeed in reaching their goals and this is why they are proud to present their scholarship offer. Keeping the importance of strong communication skills in mind, applicants for this scholarship program should submit their 1,000-word essay on the subject of How Do Drugs and Alcohol Affect Families in America.


  • The applicant must be attending an accredited college or university or have been accepted into one.
  • The applicant must hold a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • The applicant must have earned their high school diploma or GED.
  • Students of all classes of higher education may apply, including those who are working towards their Master’s Degree.

Application Process

  • The applicant will need to submit a 1,000-word essay to The essay format should be in .doc or .pdf.
  • The essay should be creative and heartfelt, but should not contain any vulgar or profane language.
  • The essay should display the writer’s proficiency in the use of the English language, with superior grammar skills, and a full understanding of the essay topic.
  • Once the essay has been submitted, it becomes the property of Amethyst Recovery Center and will not be returned to the writer.

Selection Process

  • All entries must be received by midnight ET on May 31, 2019.
  • The winner of the essay contest will be announced on June 15, 2019.
  • The essay winner will need to provide proof of acceptance or attendance at an accredited college or university.
  • The winner will be notified by email and will have fourteen days to respond. If the winner does not respond within that allotted time, a new essay winner will be chosen.
  • All questions should be submitted to


Sila Foundation Scholarship

  • Deadline: May 31, 2019
  • Deadline Details: A completed and electronically signed SILA Foundation Scholarship Application (submissions accepted April 1-May 31st).
  • Award: $2,500
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Applicant Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better
  • Be enrolled in one of the following areas of study:
    • Business administration
    • Education
    • Finance or accounting
    • Insurance studies
    • Marketing
    • Mathematics
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours at an accredited post-secondary school OR
  • Be employed full-time and enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credit hours at an accredited post-secondary school

Application Requirements

A completed and electronically signed SILA Foundation Scholarship Application (submissions accepted April 1-May 31st)

Note: If you fail to provide all required documentation at the time of application, your application will not be considered. If you request a copy of your transcript to be sent directly to us from your college/university, please upload the receipt from your request.

SILA Foundation is issuing ten $2,500 Scholarships

Career and Technical Education Scholarship

  • Deadline: June 15, 2019
  • Deadline Details: Application period March 15 - June 15
  • Award: $2,500
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Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation

Thinking of pursuing an associate’s degree or certificate program?

For eligibility and application, please click on link.


Paddy Damschen Memorial Scholarship Fund

On March 8, 2011, Helena lost one of its greatest fans of high school athletics, especially high school track and field. Paddy Damschen was an amazing mother, an avid runner herself, a community-minded woman, and a great supporter of track and field. Paddy also believed that any young person could achieve their dreams and goals with the support of their family, friends, and community.
In honor of this outstanding member of the Helena and track and field community, her family began the Paddy Damschen Memorial Scholarship Fund (referred to as the PDM Fund from this point forward) in 2011. The fund was established for the purpose of providing scholarship money to high school seniors that have competed in high school track and field, have exhibited
a commitment to their athletics, academics, and community, and are entering their first year of higher education.
Program Guidelines
A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one (1) male or female from Capital High School and one (1) male or female from Helena High School for the 2018-2019 academic year. The PDM Fund’s goal is to provide assistance to worthy students in furthering their education. PDM scholarship funds are intended to assist students with the cost of tuition and associated fees.
Funds cannot be used for off-campus housing or any other incurred expenses. Funds must be used during the regular school year and cannot be used for summer courses. If tuition is paid in full by any other scholarship, grant or other financial aid, the PDM scholarship may be used for books. The scholarship winner will be reimbursed upon receipt by the PDM Fund of a receipt showing proof of textbook purchases.

Applications received by the PDM Fund on or before the deadline of June 15, 2019 will be reviewed by the Fund’s committee. The committee will review, evaluate and select one winner from each school and one alternate from each school. Evaluation will be based on a point system and will include all aspects of the application, essay, and letter of recommendation.
The names of all scholarship winners will be announced on July 1 30, 2019 on the Fund’s Facebook page.
● Applicants must be a permanent resident of Montana.
● Scholarships are to be utilized at institutions of higher learning. (Additional points will be
given for those attending Montana-based institutions.)
● Students must be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2019-2020 school year
(excluding summer session)
● Students must have participated in track and field in high school for at least 2 years.
● Applicants must be on the varsity track and field team for at least their senior year.
● Students do NOT have to be continuing their track career in college.
There shall be no restrictions on any applicant by reason of race, creed, colors, sex or national origin. Only immediate family of the PDM Fund’s committee members are ineligible to apply.
Applicants will not be rated on their specific athletic achievements.
Applications are blind-scored, meaning names are removed before being distributed, by the
selection committee and based on the following categories:
– Complete application
– On time application
– Montana school (not a disqualifier, but additional points awarded for Montana schools)
– Success in the classroom and on the field
– Community involvement
– Need for financial assistance
– Essay
– Coaches Letter of Recommendation
How to Apply
Applications are available on the scholarship funds Facebook page or with the Helena High and Capital High track coaches and guidance counselors.
Application Materials
– Completed application
– Written essay by applicant
– Letter of recommendation by coach (note this can be the head coach or an event coach)
– High school transcript
Applications must be received by June 15, 2019 at 5pm.
Mail to: E-mail to:
Paddy Damschen Memorial Scholarship Fund
825 Onyx Place
Helena, MT 59602
Distribution of Funds
The scholarship funds will be paid directly to the school on behalf of the recipient. The total scholarship award will be paid to the fall semester. Funds cannot be used for summer courses and must be used during the 2019-2020 academic year.
The recipient must provide to the PDM Fund documented proof of full time registration to the institute of higher learning by July 31, 2019.
● The deadline for all application submissions is June 15, 2019 at 5pm.
● Award winners will be contacted by June 30 2019, .
● Written enrollment verification received by July 31, 2019.
● Payment will be made to the college or technical school by August 31, 2019

BigSun Scholarship

The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. 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. Their participation may be in any capacity, whether as a player, coach or official.

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..

Normandie Law Firm Scholarship

  • Deadline: June 30, 2019
  • Deadline Details: The scholarship is offered twice a year. The deadline for the first round is June 30, 2019. The deadline for the second round is December 31, 2019. Only one application per student per year is accepted.
  • Award: $1,000
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As part of its goal to make education accessible to everyone, the Normandie Law Firm has established the Normandie Law Firm Diversity Scholarship.  Each year, the firm will award two scholarships, each in the amount of $1000. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage and assist a needy student, who has demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to the promotion of diversity, to pursue an education in their field of choosing.

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:
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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.

The Student-Caregiver Scholarship

  • Deadline: June 30, 2019
  • Deadline Details: Please submit application by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on 6/30/19. Winners will be announced on 8/15/19.
  • Award: 2, $1,500 Scholarships
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At, we understand the demanding lifestyle of student-caregivers and the challenges they may face. The Student-Caregiver Scholarship provides financial assistance to students who are caring for an adult relative while enrolled in college.

Two scholarships of $1,500 are awarded each year to student-caregivers to help cover costs of tuition and books. Applicants must be full-time college students at an accredited two-or-four-year college or university in the United States, or full-time high school students who are registered to attend a qualifying institution the following semester.

Interested students can submit either a 1,500-word essay or a two-minute video addressing the following questions:

  • Who are you caring for and how are you involved as their caregiver?
  • How has your role as a caregiver influenced the decision for your major/career path?
  • How would this scholarship be helpful to you in your current student-caregiving role?

Course Hero Scholarship

  • Deadline: October 31, 2019
  • Award: $10,000 Merit-Based Scholarship
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– Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
– 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
– Must submit an essay (500 words or less)
– Deadline: October 31st, 2019