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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:

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MILITARY FAMILIES

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:

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

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.

Raise.me

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.

Scholly

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

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

Scholarship Guidance

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. 


Junior Scholarships

Coolidge Scholarship for America:

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.

Eligibility

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).

To apply

Mail your essay, transcripts, photo, school name, and contact info (phone number, address,

and e-mail) to: Alert Magazine

Attn: Scholarship

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

    Award $1,000

    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.


Deadline January 15

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 legionnaire.clement@gmail.com


  • SENIORADVICE CAREGIVER SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: January 15, 2019

Award: $2,000

How To Apply:https://www.senioradvice.com/senior-caregiver-scholarship-spring-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

Amount: $500

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:

https://www.legion.org/publications/243344/eagle-scout-year-nomination-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

http://www.umt.edu/finaid/scholarships/um-scholarship-portal/default.php


  • 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.

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: scholarship@blackmountainsoftware.com

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:scholarship@blackmountainsoftware.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 awards@studentawardsearch.com

Award: $1,000

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

https://chooserestaurants.org/