BCHS Scholarships

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.

Scholarship Resources

The Cooke College Scholarship

DUE November 20, 2018

The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities.

To be eligible to apply to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program you must:

  • Graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2019
    •Intend to enroll full time in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2019
    •Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above
    •Receive standardized test scores of either an SAT Total Score of 1200 and above OR an ACT Composite Score of 26 or above
    •Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new college scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $26,000
  • Exceptionally promising high school seniors with financial need can apply exclusively through The Common Application. All scholarship application materials must be submitted before the deadline on November 20, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone.




    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

    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:

    Scholarship Guidance

    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.






    Scholarship List

    The Horatio Alger National and State Scholarships Deadline October 25. The Horatio Alger Association awards millions of dollars in scholarships to deserving students. You must be a US citizen, high school graduate in spring 2019, demonstrate critical financial need ( family income of $55,000 or lower),have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and apply to a US College/University. The school counselor will need to coordinate with applicants to complete all needed documents. Any student that feels they may qualify for this scholarship please see Ms Perisho before October 20th for a timely submission of the 

    FOR ALL STUDENTS: VFW Voice of Democracy Contest- Deadline October 31 The VFW is sponsoring the Voice of Democracy Contest. Students grades 9-12 may submit a recorded essay on “ Why My Vote Matters” . The Deadline is October 31st. State winners receive a trip to DC plus scholarships. Please ask your English, Government, US History Teachers, or Ms Perisho for more information and applications. Or go to www.vfw.org

    Senior Scholarships: The Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship Deadline November 15. The Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship application is available online at www.elks.org/scholarship The deadline in November 15. This is open to all seniors. Please be aware you will need to submit a counselor form as part of the application, so give yourself time to do that…don’t wait until November 14th!!! This is a great scholarship opportunity !!

    Alert Magazine

    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


    Deadline: November 1, 2018

    Deadline Details: UM deadline is 11/01/18, varies for other Montana schools

    Award: Varies

    How To Apply: https://www.raise.me

    STEP 1: Create an account by visiting https://www.raise.me, click on “I’m a Student” and follow the instructions.

    STEP 2: Click on the scholarships tab to see what achievements colleges and universities are willing to award.

    STEP 3: Add your achievements from high school to your portfolio.

    STEP 4: Search for the colleges you’re interested in and follow them.

    STEP 5: See how much you’ve earned in micro-scholarships from universities!

    NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

    Deadline: November 12, 2018

    Award: $500 – 391 Awards

    How To Apply: https://usascholarships.com/ncwit-award-for-aspirations-in-computing/

    To be eligible student must be female, 13 years of age or older, and attending school in the U.S.

    College Peas Student Standout

    Deadline: December 31, 2018

    Award: $400

    How To Apply: http://www.collegepeas.com/confirmation/

    To qualify for the College Peas Standout Student Scholarship you must be a current high school student and:

    Be a current high school student that Intends to enroll full-time at a four-year college.

    Have a minimum GPA of 2.0/4.0.

    Submit a short essay describing a special skill, talent or interest that helps you standout from your peers. The essay should be no longer than 100 words.

    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.

    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

    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

    Application Procedure
    To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay of less than 1000 words on the topic below:Your submissions must be sent to us by email at awards@studentawardsearch.com
    Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.

    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

    Be sure to include your name and the school you are attending this year and next

    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 recommendation at this time.

    Immigration Law of Montana Scholarship- May 25, 2018

    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.