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.


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– 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

  • Deadline: January 15, 2020
  • 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.

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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 Tech’s Codemontana Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 1, 2020
  • Award: $4,000.00
  • How To Apply: Online Application

Twenty $4,000.00 scholarships to studey computer science and/or software engineering at Montana Tech will be awarded to students completing the first seven modules in the CodeHS online curriculum.

Montana high school students can access the curriculum for free by joining the CodeMontana Program.

Angel Fund Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 1, 2020
  • Award: $1,000.00-$2,000.00
  • How To Apply: Online Application
  • Download Application

The Angel Fund will grant multiple $1,000.00 to $2,000.00 post-secondary scholarships to graduating seniors at Access to Success, Capital High School, Helena High School and PAL to help defray tuition expenses at a Montana college or university freshman year.

Scholarship is based on financial need, academic success and a commitment to give back to their community.

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Mike Bullock Memorial Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 6, 2020
  • Award: $500.00
  • How To Apply: Mail completed application to the address above
  • Download Application

The Helena Job Service Employers Committee (JSEC) is soliciting applications for the Mike Bullock Scholarship. Mike Bullock was a teacher in Helena who worked with young adults and overcome adversity in completing high school.

This $500 scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to high school seniors (including PAL and Home Schooling) from Helena, Boulder and Townsend and White Sulphur Springs with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA wanting to further their education through a course of study at the post-high school level. This training is not limited to traditional college or university course work and can include any trade or technical school.


Helena Job Service Employers Committee
715 Front Street, Box 201505, Helena, MT 59620-1505.
The scholarship will be awarded by May 20th, 2020. For any questions, please contact Scott Laden at (406) 301-2414 or .

MFPE Higher Education Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 10, 2020
  • Award: $1500.00
  • How To Apply: Complete PDF Application
  • Download Application

MFPE will award two 2020 – 2021 academic year scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each, one to a new student (one who has not previously enrolled in or attended any public Montana college or university); and one to a continuing student (one who is currently enrolled in and attending a public Montana college or university). The students must be MFPE members or dependents of MFPE members. Application must include a personal statement, letter of recommendation, summary of applicant’s community involvement and financial need, and academic transcripts. MFPE shall announce the scholarship awards at the MFPE annual conference, April 3-4 in Helena.

The application and all required documents for MFPE scholarships must be received at MFPE headquarters by March 10th, 2020. See link below for full applicant instructions and eligibility requirements.

Please mail or submit to:

Attn: Scholarship Committee
1232 East 6th Ave.
Helena, MT 59604

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


Truman D. Picard Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 13, 2020
  • Deadline Details: Submit via Fax (503-282-1274) by 5pm or mail but must be post marked by March 13th.
  • Award: $2,000.00
  • How To Apply: Download Application and fax or mail to ATTN: Education Committee Intertribal Timber Council 1112 N.E. 21st Ave, Suite 4 Portland Or 97232-2114
  • Download Application

For Native American/Alaskan Natural Resource Students. The Truman D. Picard Scholarship Program is dedicated to the support of Native American students pursuing a higher education in Natural Resources.

Montana Clerk and Recorders Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 13, 2020
  • Deadline Details: Mail to Paulette DeHart, Treasurer/Clerk and Recorder Lewis and Clark County 316 N Park Ave-RM #168 Helena, MT 59623
  • Award: $1,000.00
  • How To Apply: Complete application and mail in
  • Download Application

Applicants must be a graduating senior who will attend an in state school; must include a copy of the applicants grades with grade point average.

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

Miss Montana Contestant Scholarship

Montana young women 17-25 and teens have the opportunity to earn college scholarships and learn leadership skills by entering the Miss Montana Competition or Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen competition for teens age 13-17 June 18-20 in Glendive.

Contestants are judged on interview, talent, social impact statement and on stage question. Teens are also judged on fitness.

Miss Montana contestants, age 17-25 receive a $950 scholarship for competing but have the opportunity to win additional scholarship money for community service, academics, being in the top five, best interview, photogenic and other areas.  More than $300,000 in cash and applied scholarships are available.  Teens 13-17 earn at least $150 for competing.  A contestant must be a resident of Montana or, if from another state, must be enrolled full time at a Montana college.             Applications are available to download at and are due by March 15 along with the $200 sponsor fee.

Soroptimist International of Helena Margaret Chivers Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 15, 2020
  • Deadline Details: The deadline is March 15. Please return your completed packet to: Soroptimist International of Helena Scholarships and Awards PO Box 1216 Helena, MT 59624
  • Award: $3,000
  • Download Application


A $3,000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior girl from the Helena area who will be attending a four-year college or university in the state of Montana. The applicant will be judged on leadership skills, student and community activities, financial need, academic promise and personal recommendations.

Horatio Alger Montana Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 15, 2020
  • Award: Up to $15,000.00
  • How To Apply: Online Application

This scholarship is for high school seniors who will be attending a unit of the Montana University System in the 2020-2021 school year. The scholarship has a value of up to $15,000.00 total, over the course of the student’s college career.

Click Here for more information.

Montana Federation of Public Employees Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 15, 2020
  • Deadline Details: The application and all required documents must be received at MFPE headaquarters by March 15, 2020
  • Award: $1,500.00
  • How To Apply: Mail completed application to MFPE ATTN: Scholarship Committee 1232 East 6th Ave. Helena, MT 59604
  • Download Application

The Montana Federation of Public Employees 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.

Donald G Willems Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 15, 2020
  • Award: $1,000.00
  • How To Apply: Online application

Scholarships are offered annually to students whose course work leads to employment in the water and wastewater fields. Recipients also receive a one-year student membership.

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GFWC Helena Woman’s Club, Inc Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 15, 2020
  • Award: $1,000.00
  • How To Apply: Complete PDF Application and Mail to Cheri Dale PO Box 101, Clancy MT 59634
  • Download Application

GFWC of Helena is offering a $1000 scholarship to a foster student graduating high school in 2020 with plans to further his/her education at a Montana vocational program, community college, college or university.  The student applying should be committed to educational goals and the provision of community service.  For consideration for a scholarship, complete this application and submit it along with your resume, official transcript, and three letters of recommendation-no more than two letters from your high school principal, faculty member, and/or activity sponsor. These letters should include the activities in which you are involved.

Application deadline is March 15, 2020

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.


Farmers State Bank Education Scholarship Program

  • Deadline: March 16, 2020
  • Award: $2,500
  • How To Apply:

In 2001, Farmers State Bank established a scholarship fund to assist qualifying high school seniors continue their education. Each year, a $10,000 scholarship has been awarded to a student from a participating high school in Darby, Hamilton, Corvallis, Victor, Stevensville, Florence, Missoula, Helena and Kalispell. We have also opened up the scholarship to public, private and homeschooled students.

To date, Farmers State Bank scholarships have benefited 152 students, with a total award distribution over a million dollars. The awards are for $2,500 each and renewable for up to three years, based on full-time attendance at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school, and a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Montana Food Distributors Association Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 16, 2020
  • Deadline Details: Complete application and support material must be submitted to: MFDA P.O. Box 5775, Helena, MT 59604 by March 16, 2020.
  • Download Application

Attached is an application form and guidlines/criteria for the scholarships. Nominees are encouraged to be associated with the food industry through either employment or family relationships with the industry.

If you have questions, please call 1-800-735-1082.

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 Community Foundation

  • Deadline: March 20, 2020
  • Award: $500.00-$20,000
  • How To Apply:
  • Download Application

Montana Community Foundation is excited for the Academic Year 2020-2021 Scholarship season and hope to award even more money. Montana Community have many scholarships that open January 1st.

2020 QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program

  • Deadline: March 24, 2020
  • Award: Up to $20,000 to summer programs
  • How To Apply:

The 2020 College Prep Scholars Program application is due on Tuesday, March 24, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

Awards may include:

Full scholarships to summer programs at Yale, Stanford, Notre Dame and more, valued up to $20,000.

College admissions conferences at Stanford, Emory and UChicago

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To be considered for the awards and opportunities for College Prep Scholars — including a full scholarship to a college summer program — submit a free, online College Prep Scholars Program application.

Helena’s Farmers’ Market Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 30, 2020
  • Deadline Details: All essays must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2020 to be eligible for consideration
  • Award: $1,000.00
  • How To Apply: Mail completed application to Helena's Farmers' Market PO Box 938 Helena, MT 59624

Scholarship funds will be awarded for the purpose of higher education costs, please submit Letter of Recommendation, resume, copy of Current Transcript and 300-500 word essay.

McBride Family Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 31, 2020
  • Award: $4,000.00
  • How To Apply: Mail to MSU Northern ATTN: Financial Aid PO Box 7751 Havre, MT 59501
  • Download Application

The McBride Family Scholarship is available for up to four consecutive years, in the amount of $4,000 per year. The recipient must be a Montana public high school graduate, with preference given to Helena graduates, and must have a 2.5 or better GPA. The scholarship will be applied to the student’s tuition, fees, room/board and books at Montana State University Northern.

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.”

Sweet Adelines International Music Scholarship

  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Award: $500.00
  • How To Apply:
  • Download Application

Five Valley Chores of Sweet Adelines, International enthusiastically supports the music programs in our area schools. To re-affirm this support, we are proud to announce the awarding of a music scholarship in the amount of $500.00.

Early Childhood Education Degree Scholarships

  • Deadline: April 2, 2020
  • Deadline Details: Scholarship deadlines vary.
  • Award: Varies
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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.

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

Montana Sheriffs & Peace Officers Association

  • Deadline: April 15, 2020
  • Deadline Details: Send Application and Supporting Documents to: Sheriff Wynn Meehan Broadwater County Sheriffs Office 519 Broadway Townsend, MT 59644
  • Award: $1500.00
  • How To Apply: Send Application and Supporting Documents to: Sheriff Wynn Meehan Broadwater County Sheriffs Office 519 Broadway Townsend, MT 59644
  • Download Application

The Montana Sheriff’s and Peace Officer Association announces the availability of two $1500.00 scholarships to be awarded for the fall semester of 2020 to a graduating high school senior who is seeking a career in local law enforcement.

Eve Weaver O’Connell Scholarship

  • Deadline: April 30, 2020
  • Award: Amounts vary per award
  • How To Apply:

Application opens February 27th, 2020.

Eligibility requirements:

Be high school seniors or high school graduates

Be within the middle one-third in scholastic standing (and in good academic standing) at the time of initial application, as a graduating high school senior.

Demonstrate financial need

Demonstrate traits of good character and ability, a willingness to further his or her education in college, and adaptability in associating with other students

Be planning to attend full-time an accredited college or university in Montana

Big Sky State Games Character Counts! Scholarship

The Big Sky State Games has teamed up with the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition and Kenco Security and Technology to recognize the importance of sportsmanship and character in Montana student athletes.

B. Davis Scholarship

  • Deadline: May 22, 2020
  • Award: $1,000.00
  • How To Apply: Online Application

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.

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 recommendations at this time.

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PB and J Scholarship

  • Deadline: May 31, 2020
  • Award: $1,000

The PB&J Scholarship is focused on helping students whose test scores or GPAs might not be the best, but have the drive to succeed.

We are looking for students who have experienced challenges in their life and who have the drive to succeed. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Traven Watase, Director of the fund, at (808) 450-9988 or


  • Open to all college-bound seniors at CHS
  • Attending an accredited 2-year or 4-year college in the fall 2020

Universal Athletic Services Scholarship

  • Deadline: June 3, 2020
  • Award: $1,000
  • How To Apply: Mail to Univeral Athletic Service, Scholarship Committee 912 7th Ave, Bozeman MT 59715
  • Download Application

Universal Athletic Services, Inc. is very proud to announce our annual scholarship, made available to an outstanding male and female student athlete in Montana.

Two scholarships will each be in the amount of $1000.00 to a male and female for one year to be used at a Montana college or university.

Volt Lighting System Scholarship

  • Deadline: June 30, 2020
  • Deadline Details: Online Application
  • Award: $500.00
  • How To Apply:

Volt Lighting would like to extend a Scholarship opportunity to students whose educational interests are in a STEM program or, to children of parents who work in a STEM industry.

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