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


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

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

    OrthoRehab Scholarship- February 15, 2018 (extended from Feb 1st)

    .This scholarship is available through the Dillon OrthoRehab office. This $500 or more award is available to graduating seniors pursuing a career in the medical field. Scholarship Application

    Montana Destination Imagination Scholarship- Feb 15, 2018

    Montana students who participated in the creative problem solving programs Destination Imagination or Odyssey of the Mind for two years should apply for their award. Click here to access the application. 

    Alzheimer's Foundation of America- Feb 15, 2018

    Write an essay on the impact that Alzheimer's Disease has had in your life for a chance to win between $500-$5000. For scholarship application and more information, visit this website or call Sherry Cheng 866-232-8484.

    Trout Unlimited Scholarship- February 15, 2018

    This $1000 scholarship is available to graduating seniors not in the top 10% of the class. Those who have been involved in conservation or environmental projects will receive top consideration. Please click here for the application.

    American Legion Auxiliary Americanism Essay Contest- February 26, 2018

    Essays are asked to be returned with a title page to the Beaverhead County Extension Office located in the courthouse.The title page with instructions are here. 

    Lion's Club Community Service Scholarship- March 2nd 2018

    The Dillon Lion's Club is making available one $500 scholarship for a BCHS senior who has excelled in community service. Click here for the application instructions.

    Odd Fellow & Rebekah Scholarship- March 10, 2018

    This scholarship is available to graduating seniors attending an in-state school and who have a GPA of 3.0 or LESS. See Mrs Bertelsen for an application or click here

    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. 

    Montana Horatio Alger Scholarship- March 15, 2018

    The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is a non-profit organization of Americans who have overcome adversity and humble beginnings to achieve professional and personal success. This scholarship is designed to aid high school seniors who come from a similar life situation. Seniors attending a Montana University System school may receive up to $15,000 with this scholarship. See this page for eligibility information, and fill out the scholarship online at application.horatioalger.org.

    Montana University System Honor Scholarship- March 15, 2018

    This 4-year renewable scholarship waives the recipient's tuition when used at any campus that is a part of the Montana University System. Students may apply once 7th semester grades are on their transcripts, and those transcripts must reflect at least a 3.4 GPA at that time. ACT or SAT scores taken before December 31 must be included. Students must be on track to complete the rigorous core. For more information and to apply, please visit www.mus.edu/scholarships

    Montana Clerk & Recorders Scholarship- March 16, 2018

    One $1,000 scholarship and one $500 scholarship are available through the Montana Clerk & Recorder's Office for Montana seniors attending in state. This scholarship is available in hard copy only. See Mrs. Bertelsen.

    Montana Community Foundation Scholarships- March 16, 2018

    Multiple scholarships with awards ranging from $500- $5000 are available to Montana students. Last year $450,000 was awarded to deserving students throughout Montana.There are 38 different scholarships available. Go to www.mtcf.org/applications to see which scholarships are a good match for you.

    Rocky Mountain Chapter Scholarship- March 20, 2018

    This scholarship is available to students associated with these regional credit unions; Butte Community FCU, Northwestern Energy FCU, Heritage FCU, High Peaks FCU, and Southwest Montana CFCU. An application is available in hardcopy from Mrs. Bertelsen or by clicking here

    Ron Wagner Scholarship- March 20, 2018

    This scholarship is available to students associated with High Peaks FCU (either themselves or parents are members.) Application available in hardcopy from Mrs. Bertelsen or by clicking here.

    Bill Mular Memorial Scholarship- March 25, 2018

    This $500 scholarship is for Varsity student athletes with a GPA of 3.0 or above who have been accepted into Montana Tech. Scholarship Application

    Dillon Rotary Club Scholarship- April 1st, 2018 

    This $1000 scholarship is available to students graduating from BCHS or Lima. Applicants should be community service oriented, and preference is given to those who have attended a leadership camp or RYLA. Scholarship Application

    MFBF Women's Leadership Committee Scholarship- April 1st, 2018

    Students must be a paid member or an immediate relative of a paid member of the the Montana Farm Bureau Federation to apply for this $1500 award scholarship. Application

    Montana Food Distributors' Association Scholarship- April 3, 2018

     Applicants for this scholarship should be associated with the grocery industry either through their own employment or through relatives. Those associated with an MFDA business especially preferred. Applications available from Mrs. Bertelsen or by clicking here

    Nordmeier/Tafoya Scholarship- April 9, 2018

    A $1000 and a $500 scholarship will be awarded to students with permanent disabilities who are attending college in Montana. This award was created to honor Bob Nordmeier and Monday Tafoya, who died along with four other employees of the the Western Power Administration when a Cessna Citation crashed on its final approach in to the Billings airport. Bob and Monday were dedicated to helping people with disabilities. Click here for further information and the application.

    VFW Post 9040- April 9, 2018

    Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to seniors graduating from BCHS. One of these will be for a student who is either the child or the grandchild of a veteran. Students will submit the requested application information and essay to Mrs. Bertelsen by April 10th. Be sure to follow the instructions for the application materials and essay as described here

    Sheriff & Peace Officers Association- April 15, 2018

    Two $750 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors seeking a career in local law enforcement. Recipients will be selected based on need, academic ability, and career goals. Click here for application instructions.

    Black Mountain Software- April 15, 2018 MT 

    All interested 2018 graduating Montana high school seniors who will be attending an accredited institution or higher education, regardless of their field of study, are eligible. These accredited institutions include trades schools, technical schools, colleges or universities. 

    Two Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $500.00 each. Scholarship payment will be made directly to the school that the applicant will be attending.

    Applications and essays may be submitted electronically or mailed to Black Mountain Software. If mailed, send to: 

    Black Mountain Software
    ATTN: Scholarship Application Committee
    145 Southlake Crest, Suite 1
    Polson MT 59860

    Or, submit via email to: scholarship@blackmountainsoftware.com

    Additional information and instructions for completing the application form and essay requirements can be located on the Black Mountain website here

    Bobby Joe Turnery Memorial Scholarship- May 1st, 2018

    This $500 scholarship is open to BCHS seniors continuing their education at a post-secondary school. Applicants must submit a personal essay describing family values, past or present community involvement, future goals, and ways that the Bobby Joe Turney Scholarship will assist in attaining these goals. In addition to an essay, students must submit two letters of recommendation that address the candidate's personal and academic accomplishments. See the instructions attached here for more detailed information.

    MTSNA Scholarship- May 1st, 2018

     The Montana School Nutrition Association offers three $500 scholarships to any student pursuing studies in the field of nutrition. For information and how to apply, click here

    Grasshopper Valley Ladies' Club- May 1st, 2018

    The Grasshopper Valley Ladies' Club is proud to offer one $500 scholarship to graduating seniors. Information available from Mrs. Bertelsen or by clicking here

    Beaverhead County DUI Task Force- May 5, 2018

    Two $500 scholarships are available to BCHS seniors. Click here for the application instructions. 

    Big Sky State Games- May 11, 2018

    Juniors who have participated in Montana's Big Sky State Games may compete for one of four $500 scholarships. Visit www.bigskygames.org for the application and more information.

    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.

    UEW Healthcare EEOICPA Scholarship- July 1st, 2018

    The Scholarship is open nationwide to those who will be attending college fall semester of 2018. Special consideration will be give to an undergraduate who is interested in pursuing a career in Home Healthcare and knows someone that worked in the nuclear industry and was subsequently approved for benefits under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICPA), but anyone meeting the requirements & can demonstrate an interested in pursuing a career in Healthcare will be considered. Visit https://www.uewhealth.com/eeoicpa-reca/#scholarship-application to 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/