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

Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholarship

This is a scholarship for students pursuing an associate degree or certificate program. Awards of up to $2,500 are available on a rolling deadline basis. That is, they will continue to accept applications until all the awards are given out. Applicants must demonstrate critical financial need and be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant as determined by the FAFSA. Applicants must also be able to show that they have persevered in the face of hardships in their lives. Go to https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/technical/

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

    Wendy's High School Heisman Scholarship- October 2nd, 2017
    Senior athletes may apply to the Wendy's High School Heisman Scholarship available at www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com. Besides participating in at least one school sport, applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have demonstrated leadership capabilities. One male and one female winner are chosen from each state for a $1000 scholarship. Larger amounts may be won by those who make it to the national level.

    Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition- November 1, 2016

    You can win up to $30,000 in this competition sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The competition is open to students in grades 9-12 who record a speech on the theme "My Vision for America." Visit www.vfw.org/VOD to see more, or ask Mrs. Bertelsen.

    Soroptomist Live Your Dream- November 1, 2016

    This is a program for women 18+ who have primary financial responsibility for themselves. You must be attending an undergraduate degree program or a vocational skills training program, and have financial need. For information about applying to the Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education & Training Award Program, please contact: Mary Paddock, Soroptomist International of Dillon, MT, 406-925-2125/406-683-2425 or mrpaddock1@hotmail.com. Award amount of $700.00.

    Prudential Spirit of Community Award- November 08, 2016

    This award celebrates the spirit of volunteerism by recognizing students who have distinguished themselves through community service. Winners at the state level will receive $1,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. with a parent or guardian. Go to http://www.nassp.org/spirit or http://spirit.prudential.com to apply.

    Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award- November 11th, 2016

    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 11th;

    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 9th.

    Rural Electric Coooperative's Youth Tour- November 30, 2016

    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.

    Elks Most Valuable Student- November 30, 2016

    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.

    Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program- November 30, 2016

    This competitive national scholarship program seeks to award students with high financial need with awards of up to $40,000 per year to attend the nation's most selective universities. The award also includes personal advising on college admissions and financial aid. Up to 40 students nationwide are selected each year to receive this award.

    At a minimum, applicants must:

    • Plan to graduate from a US high school in spring 2017
    • Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2017
    • Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above
    • SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1200 (based on the old SAT scores) or above and/or ACT composite score of 26 or above
    • Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant
    Find more at http://www.jkcf.org

    Reach Higher Montana- December 15, 2016

    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, 2016

    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.

    Buger King McLamore Foundation- December 15, 2016

    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- December 18, 2016

    Awards for graduating high school seniors who have their own small business. Award amounts vary from $2000-$15000. Apply online at http://www.nfib.com/foundations/yef/yef-programs/young-entrepreneur-awards.

    Advanced HomeCare MT- March 20, 2017

    The Advanced HomeCare Institute of Montana accepts applications for scholarship awards to students who have an interest in Nursing, both LPN and RN, and Home Health Care, who plan to study, live, and work here in Montana. It is also a plus if you have experience working in caregiving. The entire application process can be accessed online at advancedhomecaremt.org. Awards may be up to $1500.

    Montana Food Distributors Association- March 20, 2017

    Scholarships offered by the MFDA are awarded to students who most closely match the following criteria; A senior graduating from a Montana school, and attending a Montana college. Applicants should be associated with the food industry either through employment or the employment of a family member. If the business is a member of MFDA, that will warrant you the best score. Applicants are also rated on GPA and financial need. If you or a family member works in the food industry, you are encouraged to enter an application. Please see Mrs. Bertelsen for the materials.

    The Odd Fellow and Rebekah Lodges of Montana- March 20, 2017

    Must have a GPA of 3.0 or LESS. There are 4-5 of these scholarships available each year to graduating high school seniors who will be attending college in Montana. Please see Mrs. Bertelsen for an application.

    QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program- March 22, 2017

    QuestBridge seeks to help low-income, high achieving students gain access to the nation's best colleges and universities. They provide full, 4-year scholarships to many of the nation's top universities. This particular program is for high school juniors. Apply at www.questbridge.org

    Great Harvest Scholarship- March 22, 2017

    Great Harvest Franchising, Inc., is offering a four-year scholarship of $1,500 per year to a BCHS senior planning to attend college next year. Immediate family members of Great Harvest employees are not eligible. This scholarship is based on both financial need and academic achievement. You must have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA to apply. Please see Mrs. Bertelsen for applications.

    Bill Mular Memorial Scholarship- March 25, 2017

    This $500 scholarship is for Varsity student athletes with a GPA of 3.0 or above attending Montana Tech. To apply, simply use the link here Bill Mular Scholarship, print it off, then mail it to the address listed in the application.

    CHS Foundation Scholarships- March 31, 2017

    100 $1000 scholarships are available to students heading into an agricultural field. Go to chsinc.com/stewardship to learn more and to apply.

    Dillon Elks Scholarship- March 31, 2017

    For graduates of Beaverhead County High School. Click here to download an application Elks Scholarship.

    Southwest Counties Farm Bureau Scholarship- April 1st, 2017

    There are two $750 scholarships available to seniors who are members of the Montana Farm Bureau, or who belong to a family who are members. Go to mfbf.org, click on Scholarships, then MFBF Women's Leadership Committee Scholarship to obtain an application or obtain one from Mrs. Bertelsen. The County President can sign the applications after they are turned in.

    High Peaks FCU Ron Wagner Scholarship- April 1st, 2017

    Either the applicant or the applicant's parents must be a member of High Peaks FCU to apply for this scholarship. Any seniors who fit into this category are encouraged to apply. Please get an application from Mrs. Bertelsen.

    Rocky Mountain Scholarship- April 1st 2017

    If the applicant or one of their parents are a member of a credit union in our area, they are free to apply to this scholarship. Must be a senior. Please get an application from Mrs. Bertelsen.

    Youth Connections Mentoring Program Scholarship- April 1st, 2017

    BCHS Seniors who mentor through the lunch buddy program may compete for one of two $500 scholarships. Applications may be obtained through Mrs. Bertelsen and must be mailed to Dillon YCMP, PO Box 87, Dillon, MT, 59725 on or by the due date.

    Montana PTA Scholarships- April 1st, 2017

    The Montana PTA Scholarship Program offers financial assistance to students entering a Montana college or university with plans to become an educator. This year they are awarding a $500 scholarship to a graduating high school senior in Montana. Submission information and application forms are available on the Montana PTA website at www.montanapta.org. Click on the "Scholarship" tab. You may also contact the Montana PTA office at 628-9007 or mtstatepta@gmail.com.

    Dillon Rotary Scholarship Application- April 7th, 2017

    This scholarship is offered to seniors at BCHS and Lima. Applicants must have a 3.0 or higher, be planning to attend a college in the Montana University Sytem, be community service oriented, and must complete the application including essay questions. Preference is given to applicants who have demonstrated leadership or have attended a leadership camp or RYLA camp. Please obtain an application from Mrs. Bertelsen.

    Pioneer Federal Hazelbaker Scholarship- April 10, 2017

    BCHS Seniors may apply for the Clara and Ted Hazelbaker Scholarship in the amount of $1500 by going to https://www.pioneerfed.com/clara-and-ted-hazelbaker-scholarship/ where you can download and print the application, or you may get the application from Mrs. Bertelsen. Submissions must include:

    –the completed, signed and dated application

    — a copy of your most recent certified BCHS transcript

    –letters of recommendation for this Scholarship on your behalf from teachers, community leaders and others

    –a one page (typed) essay detailing your view on the importance of community service as well as your personal experiences

    and must be submitted by 5pm on April 10 to Phil Willett or Madisonn Huntley at Pioneer Federal Savings and Loan.

    VFW Post 9040- April 10th, 2017

    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 VFW Scholarship Instructions.

    Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association- April 15, 2017

    Two $750 scholarships are available to Montana graduating high school seniors seeking a career in local law enforcement. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and attending a Montana college that offers a minimum AA degree in the Criminal Justice Field. See Mrs. Bertelsen for application.

    Horatio Alger Montana Scholarship- April 15, 2017

    This scholarship is for students demonstrating critical financial need who are attending a college in the Montana University System this year. It seeks to recognize students involved in community service, co-curricular activities, and who have overcome adversity. The Horatio Alger Foundation awards $5,000. In addition, the University of Montana or Montana State University will award an additional $10,000 to the recipient making the award $15,000 total. Apply online at scholars.horatioalger.org.

    Beaverhead County Masonic Scholarship- April 16, 2017

    This $500 scholarship will be awarded to two seniors graduating from either BCHS or Lima High School, who will be attending a Montana college. Please get applications from Mrs. Bertelsen.

    Black Mountain Software- April 16, 2016

    All interested 2016 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 at:http://support.blackmountainsoftware.com/scholarship.html

    Jolly Jills Women's Club Scholarship- April 21st, 2017

    The Jolly Jills Women's Club of Dillon, MT is offering two $500 scholarships to Seniors graduating from either Lima or BCHS. Scholarships are for students attending an in- state school. Please get applications from Mrs. Bertelsen and return them to her by the above date.

    Montana State Elks Association Music Scholarship- April 21st, 2017

    For seniors intending to major or minor in music or music education. Visit www.mtelks.org for more information or see Mrs. Bertelsen.

    Student View Scholarship- April 22, 2017

    This is a unique opportunity that is open to all seniors regardless of academic achievement. Students need to go to www.student-view.com to complete a survey about local colleges. It is possible to win awards between $550-$4000.

    Julie Turney Tash Memorial Scholarship- April 25, 2017

    This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a BCHS softball player. Please see Mrs. Bertelsen for guidelines in applying.

    Big Hole Valley Snowmobile Association- May 1, 2017

    For students living in the Big Hole and Grasshopper Valleys. Please submit a letter of interest to the Big Hole Valley Snowmobile Association explaining your educational and career goals, accomplishments, and why you deserve this scholarship. You must be attending a Montana college to receive this scholarship. PO Box 193, Wisdom, MT, 59761

    Grasshopper Valley Ladies Club- May 1, 2017

    This $500 scholarship is awarded to a BCHS senior. Applications must be postmarked to the Grasshopper Valley Ladies Club by the deadline. See Mrs. Bertelsen for information on what to include with the application.

    Montana Coaches Association Scholarships- May 1, 2017

    The Montana Coaches Association offers eight scholarships for graduating seniors who have lettered in at least two varsity sports (one during their senior year). Students need only to fill out one application to apply for all the scholarships. The application is available electronically at http://montanacoaches.com/scholarships/

    Treacy Foundation Scholarship- May 1, 2017

    The Treacy Foundation gives scholarships to starting freshman and sophomore college students who are residents of Montana, Idaho and North Dakota. The scholarships are $2,000.00 per year and are renewable for 4 years provided the student requests renewal each year.

    Go to www.treacyfoundation.org for more information. Email Kimmy Skiffton at kimmy@treacyfoundation.org for an application.

    Ruby Valley National Bank- May 4, 2017

    Ruby Valley National Bank of Twin Bridges and Sheridan offers scholarships of $750 for seniors graduating in the area. They offer a scholarship for students attending a four year college, and one for students attending a technical/trade school. Applications may be gotten from Mrs. Bertelsen, at the bank locations, or online at www.rubyvalleybank.com. Students must meet the following criteria; 1) Must be accepted to a school in Montana 2) The applicant or his/her parents must be members of Ruby Valley National Bank 3) The student has demonstrated good citizenship by active participation in school, church, and/or community organizations 4) The student has maintained a 2.5 GPA.

    Beaverhead County DUI Task Scholarships- May 5th, 2017

    Two $500 scholarships are offered to BCHS Seniors. Applicants must submit the required letter, resume, and essay to Mr. Haverfield by May 5th. See this document DUI Task Force Scholarship for more detailed instructions.

    Jaycee Auxiliary Scholarship- May 10, 2017

    The Jaycee Auxiliary Scholarship is due May 10th. It is a $500 scholarship and you must be attending school in state. To apply, write a short essay highlighting your involvement in school and extra-curricular activities, why you deserve the scholarship, and your college goals. Please email your essay to jayceeauxiliary@gmail.com or turn in a hard copy to Mrs. Bertelsen. See Mrs. Bertelsen with any questions.

    Big Sky State Games Scholarship- May 12, 2017

    Juniors who have participated in the Big Sky State Games may apply for one of four $500 scholarships. Visit https://bigskygames.org/events/character_counts.php for more information and to find the application.

    United Way of Beaverhead County Community Service Scholarship- May 12, 2017

    This $1,000 scholarship recognizes BCHS seniors who give back to the community through service. Applications will include awards/honors received as well as a 500 word essay detailing the student's community service experience. Applications may be obtained here United Way Scholarship and must be submitted to Mrs. Bertelsen.

    B. Davis Scholarship- May 22, 2017

    This $1,000 award may be applied for by any junior or senior. Students must write an essay on the topic displayed at www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships. This year's topic is on leadership. Essays must be submitted by email; please see the website for more instructions.

    Garth and Ruth Haugland Memorial Scholarship- May 30, 2017

    Barrett's Hospital is making available a $500 scholarship to be awarded to a graduating BCHS senior. The student must be interested in pursuing a career healthcare. Application

    The Bobby Joe Turney Memorial Scholarship- May 31, 2017

    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.

    Applications must be submitted by mail to:

    Jennifer Turney

    2361 MT Hwy 91 S,

    Dillon, MT, 59725

    Montana Loyal Order of the Moose- August 1st, 2017

    The Council of Higher Degrees of the Loyal Order of Moose and the Women of the Moose make available to graduation Montana Seniors a $1,000 scholarship to be used toward attendance at an in-state school. Students need not have any affiliation to the Moose. Students must show financial need; this is the most important aspect of the scholarship. Please see Mrs. Bertelsen to apply for this scholarship.

    Khan Law Firm- August 1st, 2017

    Khalil Khan and the other attorneys at the firm are proud to offer a generous $1,000.00 scholarship to a student of their choosing. To qualify for this scholarship:

    1. You must currently be enrolled in or have been accepted to (and planning to attend) a college or university in the United States.

    2. You must be able to provide an official school transcript or acceptance letter verifying your enrollment.

    3. You must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.

    4. Write an essay explaining your plans for your education.

    Apply at http://khaninjurylaw.com/scholarship/

    ABODO Apartments Off-to-College Scholarship Application- August 31, 2017

    This is open to anyone attending any college in the fall of 2017. It is a $500 award. The main requirement is to write an essay describing what you will bring with you from your hometown when you go to college. Find more information at https://www.abodo.com/blog/high-school-scholarship/

    Last Modified on May 16, 2017