WHAT KINDS OF SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE?
SOME SCHOLARSHIPS FOR COLLEGE ARE MERIT-BASED. YOU EARN THEM BY MEETING OR EXCEEDING CERTAIN STANDARDS SET BY THE SCHOLARSHIP-GIVER. MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS MIGHT BE AWARDED BASED ON ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OR ON A COMBINATION OF ACADEMICS AND A SPECIAL TALENT, TRAIT, OR INTEREST. OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS ARE BASED ON FINANCIAL NEED.
MANY SCHOLARSHIPS ARE GEARED TOWARD PARTICULAR GROUPS OF PEOPLE; FOR INSTANCE, THERE ARE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WOMEN OR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS. AND SOME ARE AVAILABLE BECAUSE OF WHERE YOU OR YOUR PARENT, OR BECAUSE YOU COME FROM A CERTAIN BACKGROUND (FOR INSTANCE, THERE ARE:
A SCHOLARSHIP MIGHT COVER THE ENTIRE COST OF YOUR TUITION, OR IT MIGHT BE A ONE-TIME AWARD OF A FEW HUNDRED DOLLARS. EITHER WAY, IT'S WORTH APPLYING FOR BECAUSE IT WILL HELP REDUCE THE COST OF YOUR EDUCATION. KNOW THAT YOU MAY APPLY FOR 20 SCHOLARSHIPS AND ONLY RECEIVE A COUPLE BUT MAKE SURE THAT YOU FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS AND MAKE EACH APPLICATION NEAT AND FOCUSED TO WHAT THE SPONSOR IS LOOKING FOR. SEE THE SCHOLARSHIP HANDOUT FOR MORE TIPS INFORMATION.
THE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH WEBSITE HAS A TON OF INFORMATION ABOUT LOOKING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AND THE FINANCIAL AID PROCESS.
How Do I Find Scholarships:
You can learn about scholarships in several ways, including contacting the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend and checking information in a public library or online. But be careful - make sure scholarship information and offers you receive are legitimate and remember that you don't have to pay to find scholarships or other financial aid.
Try these free sources of information about scholarships:
- The financial aid office at a college or career school - go directly to the colleges that you are applying to and search for scholarships on their sites.
- The U.S. Department of Labor's FREE scholarship search tool or other search engines:
- College Board's Scholarship Search
- Smart About College
- Fastweb Scholarship Search
- www.internationalscholarships.com – Searchable database of scholarships all around the world.
- www.reaganfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs/ge-reagan-foundation-scholarship-program/ –The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program awards scholarships to college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship.
- Federal agencies
- Your library's reference section
- Foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses or civic groups
- Organizations (including professional associations) related to your field of interest
- Ethnicity-based organizations
- Your employer or your parents'/guardians' employers
Scholarships for students with Disabilities or chronic illness:
- www.aahd.us/initiatives/scholarship-program/ – The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Scholarship Program provides scholarships for people with disabilities. Application deadline for the following academic year is November 15th.
- www.needymeds.org/scholarships.taf – Lists scholarships that are offered for students (or students with a family member) with specific medical conditions.
- www.patientadvocate.org – Scholarships for individuals pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies who have been diagnosed with or treated for cancer, a chronic, or life-threatening debilitating disease as a child or young adult.
Scholarships for Minority Students
- Minority Student Scholarship Guide- Discusses minority scholarships, grants and other financial aid available to African-American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, LGBT and female students and helps minority students look for and land scholarships through resources and expert advice.
- www.thebestcolleges.org/college-scholarships-for-minority-students/ - Guide to finding scholarships for minorities to help students maximize their financial aid opportunities.
- www.jackierobinson.org/impact/programs/ – The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Programs addresses the financial need of minority college students and provides comprehensive mentoring services.
Scholarship Resources Related to Military and Public Service Groups
- https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/ - U.S Department of Veterans Affairs link to information and resources on the GI Bill.
- www.elks.org/enf/scholars/ – High school seniors are eligible to apply. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
- mcsf.scholarshipapps.org/index.cfm – The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation provides need-based scholarships to the children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen who attend college or career training.
- www.truman.gov – The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership.
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 intoMyScholly.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: http://www.varsitytutors.com/college-scholarship
The Scholarship Guidance website atwww.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.
Scholar Snapp - A free, simple to use data standard that allows students to reuse their application information - including contact information, essays, transcripts, etc. - from one scholarship application to another thereby streamlining the college scholarship application process.
- FinAid – Links to scholarships, grants, loans, and graduate aid.
- StudentAid.gov – Information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.
- College Affordability Guide – This site’s mission is to provide clear, correct info and advice on the many options students have to reduce the cost of their degree, and to offer a fresh analysis of which colleges are doing the most to make high-quality education affordable.
Greetings from Montana State University in Bozeman!
Each year MSU awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to new students. In addition to affordable in-state tuition, Montana students can take advantage of the Montana Premier Scholarship. This scholarship is simple to apply for - all your students need to do is:
Step 1: Apply for Admission to MSU
•Fill out the online application form and make sure that students include their self-reported GPA
Step 2: Have ACT or SAT scores sent to MSU
MSU’s school code for the ACT is 2420 and for the SAT it’s 4488
•If students have already taken their test, visit the official ACT or SAT website to have scores sent to MSU (if they haven't already).
•If your student is going to take their test tell them to enter MSU's school code when they register or when they are tested.
Step 3: Fill Out the Premier Scholarship Application no later than February 1, 2020
That’s all they have to do! Just remember, the funds are limited, so make sure your students apply and send their test scores as soon as possible.
You can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
I look forward to see your student at MSU
Director of Admissions
Montana State University
Bozeman, Montana 59717
This list includes National, State ,and Local scholarships and is updated as information is received, please check this page often !!!! This not an all inclusive list, there are many national and private scholarships that are not listed.
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.
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: Alert Magazine
P.O. Box 4833 Boise, Idaho 83711
Visit http://www.alertmagazine.org/scholarship.php for more information
Deadline January 9, 2020
This program seeks to identify students who will make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel academically, show exceptional leadership potential and make an impact on their communities through service to others. To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, Black/African American and current high school seniors at the time of application.
- Dillon Jaycees Scholarships
Deadline January 15, 2020
The Dillon Jaycees offer two $1,000 scholarships to students graduating from Beaverhead County. One scholarship is specific for Montana Western and one scholarship can be used at any university/institution.
To apply for the Montana Western scholarship, students simply need to submit a the Montana Western scholarship application. You can find that scholarship application at https://umwfoundation.academicworks.com/. Students can start applying for scholarships on November 1 and the deadline is January 15, 2020
To Apply for the Jaycees Scholarship students need to submit an application to the Jaycees by April 1 2020 Applications are located in the Guidance Office.
- Vigilante Electric Cooperative Leadership Award/ Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association Memorial Scholarship
Deadline January 24, 2020
Applicant or parent/guardian must be a member of Vigilante Electric Cooperative. At Vigilante Electric we understand the importance and costs of a higher education. Once again, we are pairing our Leadership Award with the Montana Electric Cooperative Association (MECA) Memorial Scholarship, giving deserving students the opportunity to win two $500 scholarships while filling out one application.
The VEC Leadership Award and MECA Memorial Scholarships are given to students that not only excel in the classroom, but in their communities as well. Judging is based on academic strength, activities in school and community, awards and honors, employment, volunteerism, community service and a personal statement. Applications are in the counselor’s office or at Vigilante Electric.
Deadline January 9, 2020
Pride Foundation awards scholarships to build leadership and promote diversity in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally communities. Scholarships may be used for any post-secondary education including non traditional degrees, trade or technical programs, community colleges, four-year public and private universities, and accredited certificate programs.Students are eligible to receive more than one scholarship. Please visit the Pride Foundation scholarship funds page for a complete list of scholarships available or the GSBA scholarship facts page for more information.Click here if you would like to review our frequently asked scholarship questions.
Deadline: TBA Tentatively January 2020
Students in grades 9-12 are invited to participate in a contest with an eight-ten minute prepared speech on some aspect of the Constitution of the United States with emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to our government. List of topics available online Contest Rules and Topics. Students my contact Josh Clement 324-3042 (W) 431-1803 (C) 7140 Bootlegger Dr Helena 59601 email@example.com
Deadline January 15, 2020
Student's have the chance to earn a $1,000 scholarship if they are Montana residents who graduated from a Montana High School, attend school at least half time and have a 2.5 or better GPA.
Deadline January 15, 2020
This is MSU Billings' most prestigious scholarship, recognizing academic achievement as well as leadership qualities. Students selected as Chancellor’s Excellence Awards will be awarded $4,000 per year for four years ($16,000 total).
- SENIORADVICE CAREGIVER SCHOLARSHIP
Deadline: January 15, 2020
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.
- Washington Crossing Foundation
Deadline: January 15,2020
Amount: $500 - $5,000
Eligibility: Seniors planning to attend college and work a career of service to the United States in local, state, or federal government.
How to Apply: Complete the application, essay, and submit with a letter of recommendation and transcripts. Apply online.
Deadline January 31,2020
Award up to $1,000
To qualify for the $1,000 award, graduating seniors must provide verification they have completed at least 100 hours of volunteer service within the past year. Students must also verify that they have been accepted to a Montana Campus Compact member institution school. Finally, applicants must confirm they have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There are 100 scholarships available each year. Applications and information on how to apply can be found online at serve.mt.gov.
* Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Deadline Feb 15 Scholarships range from $500-5,000
ELIGIBILITY: Must be of hispanic heritage, us citizen, permanent legal resident, MINIMUM 3.0 gpa, plan to enroll full time in ACCREDITED 4 yr UNIVERSITY/college, submit the fafsa
Deadline Feb 28,2020
High school seniors, who are United States citizens, seeking higher education at accredited four-year United States colleges or universities are able to apply. Applicants must show a 3.5+ or better grade average and should document financial need. In addition, the Foundation strongly encourages extra-curricular and community activities on the part of its applicants demonstrating a strong desire to help others.
Deadline March 1, 2020
Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific, the Students of Integrity Scholarship aims to recognize high school juniors and seniors who personify and communicate ethics in the real world, as demonstrated through community service, personal integrity, and academic accomplishments.
- Montana Association of Clerk and Recorders
Deadline March 13,2020
The Montana Association of Clerk and Recorders is providing one student with a $1,000 scholarship and one student a $500 scholarship. The criteria for the scholarship if a graduating senior who will be attending a MONTANA university, college or vocational-technical school. The completed application with transcript can be mailed or delivered to the Beaverhead County Clerk. Applications are available in the BCHS guidance office or the BVHD County Clerk’s office.
- Monatana’s Horatio Alger Scholarship
Deadline March 15, 2020
APPLY at scholars.horatioalger.org
Any high school senior who will be attending a Montana University System campus. Scholarship valued up to $15,000. Apply online only.
- Montana’s STEM Scholarship
Deadline March 15, 2020
Students must be a 2020 graduate from high school with a minimum GPA of 3.25, completed the college prep/ rigorous core curriculum, be accepted by a Montana Campus and declare a qualifying STEM or Healthcare major. $1,000 the first year, $1,500 the second and third year, $2,000 the fourth year. Applications open December 2019 at www.mus.edu/scholarships.
- Montana University System Honor Scholarship
Deadline March 15, 2020
The MUS Honor Scholarship is a 4-year renewable scholarship that waives the recipient’s tuition when used at an eligible campus. The MUS Student Financial Services office offers up to 200 scholarships annually. Eligibility requirements must be a 2020 graduate from an accredited high school
- The Odd Fellow and Rebekah Lodges of MT
Deadline March 15, 2020
The Off Fellow and Rebekah Lodges of Montana offer yearly, several $500 scholarships. Requirements are: GPA of 3.0 or less, Copy of transcripts, complete application. Applications located in the Guidance office.
Deadline: TBA Tentatively March 31, 2020
Awards are based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the Scholars selected.
The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis.
- Montana Tree Farm Scholarship
Deadline: March 1 2020
Eligibility: Seniors planning to pursue a degree in Forestry, enrolled full-time in an accredited institution.
How to apply:Application
- The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year
Deadline: March 1, 2020
Amount: $2,500 - $10,000
Eligibility: High school senior boy who has received his Eagle Scout award and is active in his religious institute.
How to apply:Online application
Scholarship Application form:
- U of M: Native American Student Scholarship
Deadline: March 1
Eligibility: Native American students planning to enroll at the University of Montana.
How to apply: UM Scholarship Portal
- Immigration Law of Montana Scholarship
Deadline :March 1, 2020
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.
- Black Mountain Software
Deadline: April 15,
Deadline Details: All submissions must be emailed or postmarked on or before April 15, 2020.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:email@example.com
- Davis Scholarship
Deadline: May 24, 2020
Deadline Details: Your submissions must be sent to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
How To Apply:http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm
Deadline TBA Tentatively July 1, 2020
The SeniorHomes.com Caregiver Scholarship is intended for students who are passionate about helping seniors live healthy lives and are pursuing careers in senior care. The award can be used towards tuition and/or books.Applicants must be actively enrolled in or accepted to attend a U.S. college or university and pursuing a career in senior care.Applicants must submit either a 500-word essay or 2-3 minute video addressing a topic related to elder care. Apply at Seniorhomes.com
- National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
Amount: Up to $2,500
Eligibility: US citizen or permanent resident, a senior planning to major in culinary, restaurant management, or other foodservice related major.
How to Apply: Apply online