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

    Jolly Jills Women's Club Scholarship- April 20, 2018

    The Jolly Jills Women's Club of Dillon, MT offers two $500 scholarships to students graduating from Lima and Dillon. The scholarship must be used at a Montana School next fall. Click here for the application and more information.

    Be the Whale- May 1st, 2018

    A $1000 scholarship is available to Montana artists in high school.The Be the Whale LLC fights to protect endangered species. Student must complete the entry form here and submit a photo or printout of a 2D art piece on the subject of the pallid sturgeon, which is the endangered species selected for this year's contest.

    Bobby Joe Turney 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

    Walsh Family Scholarship (Ruby Valley Bank)- May 1st, 2018

    Graduating seniors pursuing post- secondary education in Montana next year may apply to the Walsh Family Scholarship, formally the Ruby Valley Bank scholarship program. Find eligibility information here and the application 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

    United Way Community Service Scholarship- May 3, 2018

    The United Way of Beaverhead County makes available a $1000 scholarship to a BCHS senior who has excelled in community service and school activities. Complete the application here

    Treacy Foundation- May 5, 2018

    The Treacy Foundation gives scholarships to starting freshman and sophomore college students who are residents of Montana or Idaho. The scholarships are $2,000 per year and are renewable for 4 years provided the student requests renewal each year. You can go to any school that you like. Click on the link 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.

    Haugland Memorial Scholarship- May 11, 2018

    Barrett Hospital Foundation is offering a $500 scholarship to a graduating BCHS senior who plans to pursue a career in healthcare. To apply, please see the application here.

    Jaycee Auxiliary Scholarship- May 16, 2018

    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.

    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/