WHAT KINDS OF SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE?
SOME SCHOLARSHIPS FOR COLLEGE ARE MERIT-BASED. YOU EARN THEM BY MEETING OR EXCEEDING CERTAIN STANDARDS SET BY THE SCHOLARSHIP-GIVER. MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS MIGHT BE AWARDED BASED ON ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OR ON A COMBINATION OF ACADEMICS AND A SPECIAL TALENT, TRAIT, OR INTEREST. OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS ARE BASED ON FINANCIAL NEED.
MANY SCHOLARSHIPS ARE GEARED TOWARD PARTICULAR GROUPS OF PEOPLE; FOR INSTANCE, THERE ARE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WOMEN OR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS. AND SOME ARE AVAILABLE BECAUSE OF WHERE YOU OR YOUR PARENT, OR BECAUSE YOU COME FROM A CERTAIN BACKGROUND (FOR INSTANCE, THERE ARE:
A SCHOLARSHIP MIGHT COVER THE ENTIRE COST OF YOUR TUITION, OR IT MIGHT BE A ONE-TIME AWARD OF A FEW HUNDRED DOLLARS. EITHER WAY, IT'S WORTH APPLYING FOR BECAUSE IT WILL HELP REDUCE THE COST OF YOUR EDUCATION. KNOW THAT YOU MAY APPLY FOR 20 SCHOLARSHIPS AND ONLY RECEIVE A COUPLE BUT MAKE SURE THAT YOU FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS AND MAKE EACH APPLICATION NEAT AND FOCUSED TO WHAT THE SPONSOR IS LOOKING FOR. SEE THE SCHOLARSHIP HANDOUT FOR MORE TIPS INFORMATION.
THE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH WEBSITE HAS A TON OF INFORMATION ABOUT LOOKING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AND THE FINANCIAL AID PROCESS.
How Do I Find Scholarships:
You can learn about scholarships in several ways, including contacting the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend and checking information in a public library or online. But be careful - make sure scholarship information and offers you receive are legitimate and remember that you don't have to pay to find scholarships or other financial aid.
Try these free sources of information about scholarships:
- The financial aid office at a college or career school - go directly to the colleges that you are applying to and search for scholarships on their sites.
- The U.S. Department of Labor's FREE scholarship search tool or other search engines:
- College Board's Scholarship Search
- Smart About College
- Fastweb Scholarship Search
- www.internationalscholarships.com – Searchable database of scholarships all around the world.
- www.reaganfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs/ge-reagan-foundation-scholarship-program/ –The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program awards scholarships to college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship.
- Federal agencies
- Your library's reference section
- Foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses or civic groups
- Organizations (including professional associations) related to your field of interest
- Ethnicity-based organizations
- Your employer or your parents'/guardians' employers
Scholarships for students with Disabilities or chronic illness:
- www.aahd.us/initiatives/scholarship-program/ – The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Scholarship Program provides scholarships for people with disabilities. Application deadline for the following academic year is November 15th.
- www.needymeds.org/scholarships.taf – Lists scholarships that are offered for students (or students with a family member) with specific medical conditions.
- www.patientadvocate.org – Scholarships for individuals pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies who have been diagnosed with or treated for cancer, a chronic, or life-threatening debilitating disease as a child or young adult.
Scholarships for Minority Students
- Minority Student Scholarship Guide- Discusses minority scholarships, grants and other financial aid available to African-American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, LGBT and female students and helps minority students look for and land scholarships through resources and expert advice.
- www.thebestcolleges.org/college-scholarships-for-minority-students/ - Guide to finding scholarships for minorities to help students maximize their financial aid opportunities.
- www.jackierobinson.org/impact/programs/ – The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Programs addresses the financial need of minority college students and provides comprehensive mentoring services.
Scholarship Resources Related to Military and Public Service Groups
- https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/ - U.S Department of Veterans Affairs link to information and resources on the GI Bill.
- www.elks.org/enf/scholars/ – High school seniors are eligible to apply. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
- mcsf.scholarshipapps.org/index.cfm – The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation provides need-based scholarships to the children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen who attend college or career training.
- www.truman.gov – The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership.
Go to http://www.raise.me to learn more about this interesting scholarship program. Students can create a portfolio starting in 9th grade to which they add their achievements as they move through high school. Examples of achievements can be earning an A in a class or joining a certain club/organization. For each achievement, colleges have the opportunity to award "micro-scholarships" which add up over time. Various schools across the country, including the University of Montana, participate.
Log intoMyScholly.com for access to a comprehensive, online, scholarship search. Montana students have free access to this resource through the organization Reach Higher Montana. Visit their website to learn more.http://www.reachhighermontana.org/scholarships/
Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Interested students can enter the contest here: http://www.varsitytutors.com/college-scholarship
The Scholarship Guidance website atwww.scholarshipguidance.com displays a frequently updated list of scholarships available for a wide variety of interests and age levels. You can register to receive updates on available scholarships or like their Facebook page to have scholarships sent to your Facebook.
CURRENT SCHOLARSHIP LIST
This list includes National, State ,and Local scholarships and is updated as information is received, please check this page often !!!! This not an all inclusive list, there are many scholarships that may not be listed.
Deadline January 23, 2019
The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans on enrolling in college in the fall of 2020 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (unfortunately current high school seniors are not eligible to apply).
Award of $500, no specific deadline
Write an essay about a personal encounter you or someone you know has had with drug and/or alcohol abuse. In your essay explain how the situation was dealt with, what you learned from it, what others can learn from the experience, and what was right or wrong (in your opinion) about the way the incident or problem was handled. Scholarship essays are judged in the same way that essays written for a high school English class would be: thesis statement, supporting content, grammar, punctuation, etc.
1.You must currently be a senior in high school.
2.Your high school must be located in one of the following states: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington or Wyoming.
3.You must have a grade point average of 2.5 or better.
4.You must have plans to attend college after graduation (the college you will attend can be located in any state).
Mail your essay, transcripts, photo, school name, and contact info (phone number, address,
and e-mail) to: Alert Magazine
P.O. Box 4833 Boise, Idaho 83711
Visit http://www.alertmagazine.org/scholarship.php for more information
To apply for a RMHC National Scholarship, students must be a high school senior, be eligible to attend a two- or four-year college or university with a full course of study, reside in a participating local Chapter's geographic area and have a minimum gpa of 2.7.
- Ron Brown Scholar Program Deadline January 9, 2019
This program seeks to identify students who will make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel academically, show exceptional leadership potential and make an impact on their communities through service to others. To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, Black/African American and current high school seniors at time of application.
Deadline January 11, 2019
Each year, the U.S. Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Foundation grants $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education at accredited post-secondary colleges, universities or vocational schools. The number of grants awarded annually is at the discretion of the Foundation and must be used for educational expenses in the first year of full-time study. Checks awarded will be made out in the name of the recipient and the educational institution of the recipient’s choice.
Deadline January 11, 2019
Pride Foundation awards scholarships to build leadership and promote diversity in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally communities. Scholarships may be used for any post-secondary education including non traditional degrees, trade or technical programs, community colleges, four-year public and private universities, and accredited certificate programs.Students are eligible to receive more than one scholarship. Please visit the Pride Foundation scholarship funds page for a complete list of scholarships available or the GSBA scholarship facts page for more information.Click here if you would like to review our frequently asked scholarship questions.
Student's have the chance to earn a $1,000 scholarship if they are Montana residents who graduated from a Montana High School, attend school at least half time and have a 2.5 or better GPA.
Deadline: TBA Tentatively January
Students in grades 9-12 are invited to participate in contest with an eight-ten minute prepared speech on some aspect of the Constitution of the United States with emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to our government. List of topics available online Contest Rules and Topics. Students my contact Josh Clement 324-3042 (W) 431-1803 (C) 7140 Bootlegger Dr Helena 59601 email@example.com
- SENIORADVICE CAREGIVER SCHOLARSHIP
Deadline: January 15, 2019
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.
- WASHINGTON CROSSING FOUNDATION
Deadline: January 15,2019
Amount: $500 - $5,000
Eligibility: Seniors planning to attend college and work a career of service to the United States in local, state, or federal government.
How to Apply: Complete the application, essay, and submit with a letter of recommendation and transcripts. Apply online.
DEADLINE JAN 15.
THIS IS MSU BILLINGS' MOST PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIP, RECOGNIZING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AS WELL AS LEADERSHIP QUALITIES. STUDENTS SELECTED AS CHANCELLOR’S EXCELLENCE AWARDS WILL BE AWARDED $4,000 PER YEAR FOR FOUR YEARS ($16,000 TOTAL).
- Vigilante Electric Cooperative Leadership Award/ Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association Memorial Scholarship
Deadline January 18, 2019
Applicant or parent/guardian must be a member of Vigilante Electric Cooperative.
At Vigilante Electric we understand the importance and costs of a higher education. Once again, we are pairing our Leadership Award with the Montana Electric Cooperative Association (MECA) Memorial Scholarship, giving deserving students the opportunity to win two $500 scholarships while filling out one application.
The VEC Leadership Award and MECA Memorial Scholarships 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. Applications are in the counselor’s office or at Vigilante Electric.
Deadline January 31, 2019
Award up to $1,000
High school seniors who have completed at least 100 hours of volunteer service over the past year, and who are planning on attending school in-state at a Montana Campus Compact member institution (a list of which can be found here.)
Deadline Feb 28
High school seniors, who are United States citizens, seeking higher education at accredited four-year United States colleges or universities are able to apply. Applicants must show a 3.5+ or better grade average and should document financial need. In addition, the Foundation strongly encourages extra-curricular and community activities on the part of its applicants demonstrating a strong desire to help others.
Deadline March 1, 2019
Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific, the Students of Integrity Scholarship aims to recognize high school juniors and seniors who personify and communicate ethics in the real world, as demonstrated through community service, personal integrity, and academic accomplishments.
Deadline: TBA Tentatively March 31, 2019
Awards are based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the Scholars selected.
The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis.
- Montana Tree Farm Scholarship
Deadline: March 1 2019
Eligibility: Seniors planning to pursue a degree in Forestry, enrolled full-time in an accredited institution.
How to apply:Application
- The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year
Deadline: March 1, 2019
Amount: $2,500 - $10,000
Eligibility: High school senior boy who has received his Eagle Scout award and is active in his religious institute.
How to apply:Online application
Scholarship Application form:
- U of M: Native American Student Scholarship
Deadline: March 1
Eligibility: Native American students planning to enroll at the University of Montana.
How to apply: UM Scholarship Portal
- Montana Association of Clerk and Recorders
Deadline March 15, 2019
1- $1,000 scholarship and 1- $500 scholarship
To a graduating senior who will be attending a Montana university, college or vocational-technical school. Each county will select an applicant to go to the district level then to state. Application forms are in the counselor’s office or at the Beaverhead County Clerk’s office.
- Black Mountain Software
Deadline: April 15, 2019
Deadline Details: All submissions must be emailed or postmarked on or before April 15, 2019.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:email@example.com
- Immigration Law of Montana Scholarship
Deadline :March 1, 2019
This $500 scholarship is available to Montana students and requires writing an essay on the topical subject of immigration. Visit this website for application details.
- Davis Scholarship
Deadline: May 24, 2019
Deadline Details: Your submissions must be sent to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
How To Apply:http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm
Deadline TBA Tentatively July 1, 2019
The SeniorHomes.com Caregiver Scholarship is intended for students who are passionate about helping seniors live healthy lives and are pursuing careers in senior care. The award can be used towards tuition and/or books.Applicants must be actively enrolled in or accepted to attend a U.S. college or university and pursuing a career in senior care.Applicants must submit either a 500-word essay or 2-3 minute video addressing a topic related to elder care. Apply at Seniorhomes.com
- National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
Deadline: TBA July
Amount: Up to $2,500
Eligibility: US citizen or permanent resident, a senior planning to major in culinary, restaurant management, or other foodservice related major.
How to Apply: Apply online