The list below is updated as new information comes in. Please continue to check as updates are made. A scholarship title is in gray if the scholarship is inactive, either because the deadline has passed or because we are waiting for this year's updates. This page includes national as well as local and state scholarships, but there is much more out there. Check out some different scholarship resources for more opportunities.
Try to think of things particular to you; these could be ethnic background, a special interest or hobby, what you intend to study, a hardship you have gone through, or anything else that makes you unique. There may be a scholarship for it! Just try Googling different scholarships and see what comes up! I post scholarships here as they come to my attention, but it is impossible to cover everything. So do your own searches to find scholarships that are right for you.
One of the most important resources for scholarships is the college which you are attending. Please be sure to check with your school's scholarship department or visit their webpage to check for scholarships available to incoming freshmen.
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 into MyScholly.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:
The Scholarship Guidance website at www.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.
Scholarship Search Engines
There are quite a few scholarship databases available on the internet. Below are five of the best. Use these services to match the best scholarships to you.
Award of $500, no specific deadline
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:
P.O. Box 4833
Boise, Idaho 83711
Visit http://www.alertmagazine.org/scholarship.php for more information
Hagan Scholarship- November 15th, 2017
This award is for Seniors graduating from rural high schools. If you are a high achieving students with high goals, and you have filled out the FAFSA with resulting in an EFC of $6500 or less, you are eliglible to apply. Each scholarship may be worth up to $40,000 and there are other benefits as well. For more about rules and eligibility and to apply, visit www.hsfmo.org
Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award- November 15th, 2017
This award is given through our local DAR chapter, is for seniors, and seeks to recognize the qualities of good citizenship. Our school's winner will receive a DAR Good Citizen pin, certificate, and wallet recognition card. The winner will also be eligible to enter the DAR Good Citizen's contest with the potential to win scholarships of between $250- $5000. To be considered, please submit a short essay on the following to Mrs. Bertelsen by November 15th;
Describe briefly why you feel the four qualities of a DAR Good Citizen: Dependability, Service, Leadership, and Patriotism are important and how you have tried to exhibit those qualities in your life and in your relationships with others.
Note: If you are selected as the school winner and would like to proceed with the scholarship competition, you will need to complete additional application materials and an essay exam. The total application package is due by December 1st..
Elks Most Valuable Student- November 27th, 2017
This competitive, national scholarship program has awards ranging from $4000 to $50000. The top 20 applicants will also participate in an all expense paid "Leadership Weekend" in Chicago during which they'll interview with judges for the top award amounts. Application must be turned in to the Dillon Elks Lodge by November 30. Apply online at http://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/mvs.cfm, download and print the application.
Rural Electric Coooperative's Youth Tour- December 1st, 2017
If you are a sophomore or junior living in a home that receives service from Vigilante Electric Cooperative, you may enter to win an all expense paid weeklong trip to Washington, D.C. You can obtain an application from Mrs. Bertelsen or at www.vec.coop.
Reach Higher Montana- Applications available Dec. 1st- Jan 15
This award is for Montana high school students planning to attend college in Montana. Go to http://www.reachhighermontana.org, click on #406students, then scholarships.
AXA Achievement Scholarship-December 15, 2017
Students have the opportunity to win awards of $2500, $10000, or $25000 with this national scholarship program. Apply online at https://us.axa.com/axa-foundation/about.html. Students must plan to attend college next fall. They must demonstrate ambition and drive as demonstrated through school, community, or work projects. Only the 1st 10,000 applications are accepted so apply early.
Burger King McLamore Foundation- Applications available Oct. 15- Dec 15
Grants between $1000- $50000 are awarded to high school seniors. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average (GPA), work experience, extracurricular activities and community service. Go to https://bkmclamorefoundation.org/who-we-are/burger-king-scholars-program/
NFIB Young Entrepeneur Award- January 2nd, 2017
Awards for graduating high school seniors who have their own small business. Award amounts vary from $2000-$20000. Apply online at http://www.nfib.com/foundations/yef/yef-programs/young-entrepreneur-awards.
GE- Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program- January 4th, 2018
This national program awards college scholarships to high school seniors who embody the characteristics of President Ronald Reagan at school, in the community, in the workplace, and at home. Students with leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship are encouraged to apply for this $40000 scholarship. Apply online through www.reaganfoundation.org/scholarships or http://facebook.com/GEReaganScholarships.
Montana Jaycee Foundation Scholarship- January 5th, 2018
This $1000 scholarship is available to Montana Seniors. Log in to download the application at www.mtjcisenate.org or www.usjcisenate.org. Click on Scholarship & Senatorship Forms then select the MT JC Scholarship Application Form. If you have any questions, contact Janet Prescott at 406-580-6812. Mail applications to: 1060 Weaver Rd., Belgrade, MT, 59714.
Pride Foundation- January 12th, 2018
Just one application to complete to compete for over 50 different scholarships for LGBTQ youth and straight allies. Learn more and apply at pridefoundation.org
Vigilante Electric Leadership Award/MECA Memorial Scholarship- January 26th 2018
Applicant's parent or guardian must be a member of Vigilante Electric. Applications will be evaluated on the criteria set forth in the application which can be downloaded here. Several scholarships of $500 are available, and the best scholarship will be forwarded to the Montana Electric Cooperative Association (MECA) for a chance to earn an additional $500.
SAE Engineering Scholarships- March 15th, 2018
Several scholarships of various amounts available for engineering majors and other STEM fields. Go to www.sae.org/students/engschlr.htm to view all the scholarships and apply.
Hansen Injury Law Firm Scholarship- August 1st, 2018
Students who have been negatively impacted by a car crash, bicycle accident or other events leading to personal injuries may apply to this scholarship. Other criteria to be met include a minimum 3.5 GPA and proof of acceptance to a post-secondary institution. This scholarship may be applied to at www.hanseninjurylawfirm.com/scholarships/