PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Welcome to the scholarship page. There is a wealth of information below. The most current local scholarships are listed first, followed by state and national opportunities. Take your time to explore please!
BCHS SCHOLARSHIP LIST
OPEN TO UNDERCLASSMEN (9-11)
SENIOR (12) SCHOLARSHIP
Montana Jaycee Foundation Scholarship:
Each year, the U.S. Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Foundation grants $1,500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education at accredited post-secondary colleges, universities or vocational schools. The number of grants awarded annually is at the discretion of the Foundation and must be used for educational expenses in the first year of full-time study. Checks awarded will be made ut in the name of the recipient and the educational institution of the recipient’s choice.
*Look at both applications please.
Due January 19th, 2024!
Vigilante Electric Coop Leadership Award:
The VEC Leadership Award is a scholarship opportunity for students who not only excel in the classroom, but in their communities. This year, we will provide qualified applicants planning to attend a college or trade school with a $500 scholarship.
To qualify, applicants must receive their power from VEC, be a high school senior or college undergraduate, complete an application, and submit a brief narrative on what they plan to study and why. Past recipients of the VEC Leadership Award are not eligible.
We would like to emphasize one crucial point: our scholarship is good for a variety of post-secondary educational opportunities, especially in trade schools. Many trades are compensated very well, and skilled trade workers are in great demand.
Download Application or See Counseling office for printed applications.
DUE January 24th, 2024!
Montana Electric Cooperative Association Memorial Scholarship:
Montana Electric Cooperative Association (MECA) is VEC’s statewide association. MECA’s Memorial Scholarship is an opportunity to win one of four $500 scholarships. This opportunity is available statewide, with one scholarship available for each of the four designated regions in the state.
One application from VEC’s service territory will be selected for consideration for the MECA Memorial Scholarship. Applicants must receive their power from VEC and be planning to continue their education. The specific requirements are outlined in the application.
Download application or See Counseling office for a printed application.
DUE January 24th, 2024!
Big Hole Breezes Scholarship:
$1000 for seniors who are interested in pursuing a degree in journalism, communications, marketing, or a field of student that will benefit rural communities! All should apply, but special consideration will be given to students who have lived in this area: Glen, Melrose, Divide, Dewey, Wise River, Jackson and Polaris. Applications are available on the scholarship rack and on the scholarship website. Big Hole Breezes Scholarship Application
RETURN TO MS. HANKINS BY FEBRUARY 1ST, 2024.
Montana Food Distributors Association Scholarships:
Any graduating Senior who is either employed in the food industry or has family relationship within the food industry should apply.
See Mrs. Hankins for the application.
Due: March 18, 2024
Seniors download the Scholarship Toolkit !!!!!!!!
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. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF STUDENTS TO SEEK OUT AND APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS.
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.
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. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT TO SEEK OUT AND APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS.
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:
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.
MONTANA SCHOLARSHIP SITES:
Reach Higher Montana
MCIS (Montana Career Information System -Montana Scholarships MCIS You will need your MCIS Login information ( See School Counselor).
AWARD MONTANA Undergraduate scholarships and tuition waivers for Montana students attending MUS campuses.
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
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.
Charles Shelton Scholarship for African Americans seeking vet degrees-The Charles Shelton Foundation offers renewable scholarships to African American High School Graduates that are pursuing a degree in Veterinary Medicine. Applications are due April 15th. See requirements and application at Charles Shelton Foundation.
Campus Pride National Scholarship Database
Campus Pride provides a searchable database of LGBTQ+ scholarships. They're also an excellent resource for various other collegiate topics, like information about the most (and least) inclusive campuses and special events.
PFLAG Scholarship Programs
This is a list of scholarships offered by PFLAG chapters. If your local PFLAG chapter isn't listed, this doesn't mean it offers no scholarships. Check their website directly.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
The Center offers a variety of scholarships for members of the LGBTQ+ community with varying requirements and deadlines.
Human Rights Campaign LGBTQ Student Scholarship Database
You can search for scholarships, fellowships, and grants for members of the LGBTQ+ community here.
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.
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.
Scholly – YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR THIS SITE !! A mobile app that provides students with a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college. (Created by Christopher Gray, a Coca-Cola Scholar!)
Bold.org- A variety of scholarships from Golf, to women in STEM. Create a profile to get matched to scholarships.
Fastweb – Create a profile and let fastweb do the research on scholarships, internships colleges and more for you.
CashCourse – Information that helps college students stay financially informed.
Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation – Educational and scholarship opportunities for students of all levels.
Cappex – A free website where you can learn which colleges want you, before you apply and learn about more than $11 billion in merit aid scholarships.
Scholarships.com– A free college scholarship search and financial aid information.
Scholarship America – Provides information and resources for your scholarships as a freshman or sophomore in College.
KnowHow2GO – Complete information on college prep, whether in middle school or seniors.
HS Finder (Hispanic Scholarship Fund) – Scholarship information for Latino students.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund – Provides scholarships, programmatic and capacity building support to the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Gates Millennium Scholars – Provides outstanding low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose.
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund – The nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
American Indian College Fund – Provides Native American students with scholarships and financial support for the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities.
Aviation Scholarships for Montana students and residences.
Dell Scholars Program – Recognizes academic potential and determination in students that have a definite need for financial assistance.
UNCF – Awards 10,000 students each year through 400 scholarship and internship programs so that students from low- and moderate-income families can afford college tuition, books and room and board.
Chegg – A place to connect with scholarships and learn about colleges.
Reagan Foundation Scholarships - Scholarship opportunities for outstanding student leaders.
Goizueta Legacy Scholarship - Provides scholarships for the children of Coca-Cola employees.
American Indian Graduate Center & AIGCS - The largest scholarship providers to Native students in the United States, awarding $15 million in scholarships annually and more than $200 million since inception. For almost 50 years, AIGC has funded students pursing undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in any field of study at any accredited institution of choice, working with over 500 tribes in all 50 states.
EDUMED- Scholarships for students in the Healthcare field.
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.
STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
The U.S. Department of State provides over 1,000 merit-based scholarships each year for U.S. high school students to study abroad for a summer or an academic year in over 25 countries. These high school exchange programs prepare young Americans to succeed in the 21st century’s global economy by developing their foreign language skills, increasing their cross-cultural understanding, strengthening their leadership capacity, and fostering new academic insights and ambitions. The CBYX, NSLI-Y, and YES Abroad programs are accepting applications now, Youth Ambassadors will be open soon
Students can learn more about our programs at https://careers.state.gov/internsfellows/pathways-programs/student-programs-overview/ [careers.state.gov] and stay informed of upcoming opportunities by joining our talent network at https://bit.ly/3N90csj [gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com].
High School Student Programs- Upcoming deadlines!
CBYX |The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program: An exchange program jointly offered by the U.S. and German governments. CBYX offers opportunities to study and work abroad for high school students, recent high school graduates with a vocational interest, and young professionals. No previous language experience required. For more information, visit www.exchanges.state.gov/cbyx [exchanges.state.gov]. Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 2022
FLEX |Future Leaders Exchange Abroad Program: Students live with a host family and attend high school in one of three FLEX countries—Georgia, Kazakhstan, or Poland. For more information, visit FLEX Abroad | Discover FLEX [gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com]. Application Deadline: December 7, 2022
YES ABROAD | Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad: High School students and recent graduates (age 15-18) live and study for an academic year in the Middle East, Asia, or Europe on a full scholarship. For more information, visit www.yes-abroad.org [gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com]. Application Deadline: December 7, 2022.
Youth Ambassadors Program: Connects high school students and adult mentors both in-person and virtually from across the Western Hemisphere to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities. For more information, visit Youth Ambassadors Program - World Learning [gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com]. Application Deadline: December 12, 2022.
NSLI-Y | National Security Language Initiative for Youth: NSLI-Y provides overseas critical language study opportunities in Arabic, Indonesian, Mandarin, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, or Turkish to American youth. For more information, visit NSLI for Youth | Scholarship to Study Language Abroad [gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com]. Application Opens: October 2023 (please consider applying next year)
The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is an agreement among WICHE’s 16 member states and territories, through which 160+ participating public colleges and universities provide steep nonresident tuition savings for Western students.
Through WUE, eligible students can choose from hundreds of undergraduate programs outside their home state, and pay no more than 150 percent of that institution’s resident tuition rate.
Since full nonresident college-tuition rates may exceed 300 percent of resident rates, WUE increases affordable higher-education choices for students, and minimizes the adverse impacts of student loan debt.
Participating States: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
MONTANA UNIVERSITY SYSTEM SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS, AND TUITION WAIVERS
THE MONTANA UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OFFERS SEVERAL STATE-FUNDED SCHOLARSHIPS
MUS Honor Scholarship: The MUS Honor Scholarship is a four-year renewable scholarship, which waives the recipient’s tuition when used at an eligible campus. Its average value at a 4-year Montana campus is $5,000 a year or $20,000 for four years. The Board of Regents intends to offer up to 200 scholarships (contingent upon continued funding of the program) annually. DEADLINE MARCH 15
2 + 2 Honor Scholarship: The 2 + 2 Honor Scholarship is awarded annually to students who graduate with an associate degree from a 2-year campus of the Montana University System or a Montana Community College . The scholarship consists of a waiver of undergraduate tuition at any 4-year unit of the Montana University System and may be received up to a total of four continuous (fall/spring) semesters.
Montana’s STEM Scholarship: Montana’s STEM Scholarship Program is designed to provide an incentive for Montana high school students to prepare for, enter into, and complete degrees in postsecondary fields related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and healthcare. DEADLINE MARCH 15
Montana Access Scholarship – contact your financial aid office to learn more. The 66th Montana Legislature approved $2 million in state need-based student aid that, when matched one-to-one by private donations from the campus Foundations, will provide a total of $4 million in financial aid for students across the Montana University System (MUS) over the next two years (FY2020 and FY2021).
MUS PASS Grants – contact your financial aid office to learn more. Experiencing unforeseen financial hardship due to illness, accident, or something else? These funds are available to assist students working through unforeseen, one-time occurrences. When appropriate, preference will be given to students who are in jeopardy of not persisting due to their hardship.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) – awarded by financial aid office, based on exceptional financial need. Because funds are limited, students who submit their FAFSA by the priority filing date of December 1st have a greater chance of being considered for a SEOG.
Work Study – awarded by financial aid office. Recipients are paid an hourly rate according to the job skills required. All student employees are paid at least minimum wage. You will need to arrange a work schedule with the job supervisor based on your class schedule and assignments. Work is limited to an average of 20 hours per week while class is in session and 40 hours per week when classes are not in session.
MONTANA COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES: THESE ARE LINKS TO ALL MT COLLEGES FINANCIAL AID WEBSITES.
Aaniiih Nakoda College
Scholarship Information | http://www.ancollege.edu/?page=student_services/Financial_aid#schol
Blackfeet Community College
Scholarship Information | https://bfcc.edu/scholarships/
Scholarship Information | https://www.carroll.edu/admission-aid/scholarships-aid
Chief Dull Knife College
Scholarship Information | http://cdkc.edu/node/53
City College at Montana State University Billings
Scholarship Information | http://www.msubillings.edu/scholarships/
Dawson Community College
Scholarship Information | https://www.dawson.edu/cost-affordability/scholarships.html
Flathead Valley Community College
Scholarship Information | http://www.fvcc.edu/scholarships
Fort Peck Community College
Scholarship Information | http://www.fpcc.edu/students/financial-aid/applying-for-financial-aid/
Gallatin College MSU
Scholarship Information | http://gallatin.montana.edu/tuition/scholarships/index.html
Great Falls College MSU
Scholarship Information | http://finaid.gfcmsu.edu/scholarships/index.html
Scholarship Information | http://www.helenacollege.edu/financialaid/default.aspx
Scholarship Information | https://www.mtech.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/index.html
Little Big Horn College
Scholarship Information | http://www.lbhc,edu
Miles Community College
Scholarship Information | http://www.milescc.edu/finaid/Scholarships.aspx
Montana State University
Scholarship Information |Freshmen Scholarships
Montana State University Billings
Scholarship Information | https://msubillings.academicworks.com/
Montana State University Northern
Scholarship Information | http://www.msun.edu/finaid/scholarships/index.aspx
Montana Technological University
Scholarship Information | https://www.mtech.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/index.html
Rocky Mountain College
Scholarship Information | https://www.rocky.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid/rmc-scholarships
Salish Kootenai College
Scholarship Information | https://www.skc.edu/scholarships/
Stone Child College
Scholarship Information | https://stonechild.edu/2015-02-03-23-26-53/scholarships
Scholarship Information | http://www..umt.edu/finaid/scholarships/um-scholarship-portal/default.php
University of Montana
Scholarship Information | https://www.umt.edu/finaid/scholarships/default.php
University of Montana Western
Scholarship Information | https://w.umwestern.edu/section/scholarships/
University of Providence
Scholarship Information | https://www.uprovidence.edu/admissions/paying-for-college/scholarships-grants/