Scholarship Information Archive

Posted on October 14, 2019

2020 Youth ServeMontana Scholarships

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

Posted on October 14, 2019

Joseph “Joey” McKeon Memorial Scholarship

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.

Posted on September 27, 2019

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange

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! 

Posted on September 27, 2019

Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy

2019-2020 Theme: “What Makes America Great”

Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme.

Local VFW Post Information:

Tom Johnson CMDR                                                                                                             VFW Post 10010                                                                                                                   P.O. Box 97                                                                                                                           E. Helena, MT 59635

Phone: 439-2564 Please leave message

Posted on September 11, 2019

Zach Anderson Memorial Scholarship

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.



Posted on September 10, 2019

University of Montana Presidential Leadership Scholarship

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.

Posted on September 10, 2019

University of Montana Academic Achievement Scholarship (MAA)

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.

Posted on September 10, 2019

Montana State University Premier Scholarship Program

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.

Posted on September 10, 2019

Montana State University Presidential Scholarship

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.

Posted on September 4, 2019

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!