SCHOLARSHIP TOOLKIT

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:

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MILITARY FAMILIES

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. 

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. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT TO SEEK OUT AND APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS.

Try these free sources of information about scholarships:

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

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.

Raise.me

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.

Scholly

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

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

Scholarship Guidance

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.

  1. 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!)

  2. Peerlift - Proven scholarships, internships, summer programs, and more gathered by fellow students like you. (Founded by a team of 2017 Coca-Cola Scholars!) Learn more about the creation of Peerlift.

  3. Fastweb – Create a profile and let fastweb do the research on scholarships, internships colleges and more for you.

  4. CashCourse – Information that helps college students stay financially informed.

  5. Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation – Educational and scholarship opportunities for students of all levels.

  6. 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.

  7. Scholarships.com– A free college scholarship search and financial aid information.

  8. Scholarship America – Provides information and resources for your scholarships as a freshman or sophomore in College.

  9. KnowHow2GO – Complete information on college prep, whether in middle school or seniors.

  10. HS Finder (Hispanic Scholarship Fund) – Scholarship information for Latino students.

  11. Thurgood Marshall College Fund – Provides scholarships, programmatic and capacity building support to the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

  12. 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.

  13. 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).

  14. American Indian College Fund – Provides Native American students with scholarships and financial support for the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities.

  15. Aviation Scholarships for Montana students and residences. 

  16. Dell Scholars Program – Recognizes academic potential and determination in students that have a definite need for financial assistance.

  17. 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.

  18. Chegg – A place to connect with scholarships and learn about colleges.

  19. Reagan Foundation Scholarships - Scholarship opportunities for outstanding student leaders.

  20. Goizueta Legacy Scholarship - Provides scholarships for the children of Coca-Cola employees.

  21. 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.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • 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.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)

WESTERN UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE

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


Blackfeet Community College


Carroll College


Chief Dull Knife College


City College at Montana State University Billings


Dawson Community College


Flathead Valley Community College


Fort Peck Community College


Gallatin College MSU


Great Falls College MSU


Helena College


Highlands College


Little Big Horn College


Miles Community College


Montana State University


Montana State University Billings


Montana State University Northern


Montana Technological University


Rocky Mountain College


Salish Kootenai College


Stone Child College


UM/Missoula College


University of Montana


University of Montana Western


University of Providence


BCHS SCHOLARSHIP LIST

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. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT TO SEEK OUT AND APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS.

SENIOR SCHOLARSHIPS-

Beaverhead County DUI Task Force Scholarship DEADLINE MAY 1,2022 You can help others become more aware of life choices by speaking out against the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. All eligible high school seniors that reside in Beaverhead County (see requirements below) may enter the Beaverhead County DUI Task Force college scholarship essay contest. There will be two $500 college scholarship awarded to the writers of the best drug and/or alcohol abuse-related essays received. Applications can be found on the Scholarship Rack outside room 210 or at :Beaverhead County DUI Task Force Scholarship

Grasshopper Valley Ladies Club Scholarship DEADLINE MAY 1, 2022 Grasshopper Valley Ladies club is providing 2 scholarships $1,000 & $500. Completed applications must be mailed to Grasshopper Valley Ladies CLub PO Box 460474 Polaris MT 59746 by May 1, 2022. Applications can be found on the Scholarship Rack outside room 210 or at : Grasshopper Valley Ladies Club Scholarship .

Montana Life Members Scholarship Deadline: May 1, Montana Life Members Scholarship is $1,000 and will be awarded to a Montana resident who is attending a Montana school with the number of required credits to be considered a sophomore with at least a 2.7 grade point average. The applicant must NOT have complete cost of attendance resources and must be majoring in a horticulture-related field. For more information, please visit our website.

Montana School Nutrition Association Scholarships Deadline: May 1, 2022 Please include the following with your Cover Sheet and Application
1. Applicant must be furthering their education in the field of Nutrition
2. Official High School Transcript
3. Most Recent Grade Report- (if not included on transcript)
4. An essay of a minimum of 200 words stating why you would like the scholarship. Applications are available on the MSNA website.

Rainbow Garden Club Scholarship Deadline: May 1, The Rainbow Garden Club Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is open to Montana students. Applicants will highlight their academic achievements and needs by providing information on their special activities and honors, organizations and offices they have held, financial need, and three references.

Whitehall Garden Club Horticulture Scholarship Deadline: May 1, 2022 The Whitehall Garden Club is offering a scholarship in the amount of $500. The scholarship will be awarded to any Montana high school or home school graduate, who is a current college student with a class rating of 2nd semester sophomore or higher with a major in the Horticulture field. Students pursuing a correspondence course degree on the Internet through an accredited institution will be considered. The Whitehall Garden Club wishes to award the scholarship to a student who is established in a Horticulture major. Examples of that major may include, but is not limited to: Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Greenhouse or Nursery Management, Plant Genetics, Forestry. Applications are available from the Whitehall Garden Club or by visiting the Montana Federation of Garden Clubs.

Judy Martz Women in Leadership Scholarship Deadline: May 2, 2022 Reach Higher Montana and the Judy Martz Women in Leadership Fund Committee aims to inspire the next generation of women leaders, by awarding up to $5,000 to one or more applicants. Ideal applicants for this award demonstrate leadership potential and a vision for their future leadership, preferably in service to Montana. Also they must be a resident of the State of Montana and at least eighteen years of age.

Possible use of Funds (but not limited to):

  • Scholarship toward a college degree or certificate

  • Professional training (e.g., certification or conference specific to one’s profession)

  • Leadership development (e.g., Leadership Montana, REAL MT, or similar opportunity)

  • Fellowship opportunities

  • Assistance in starting a business, (e.g. business licensing, training, consulting)

  • Another opportunity not described above

  • Related expenses (e.g., travel) for leadership development.

Visit Judy Martz Scholarship to apply Apply Now!

United Way Community Service Scholarship DEADLINE MAY 6TH. United Way of Beaverhead County believes that through hard work and determination, all of its young people have the potential to attain their long-term educational goals. Providing scholarship opportunities is one of the best ways we can give back to our youth leaders and volunteers who have given so much of their time and support. We are proud to present the United Way of Beaverhead County High School Community Service Scholarship: The Beaverhead County High School Community Service Scholarship recognizes high school seniors who have given back locally and globally to their community, through volunteer service. The scholarship award is for $1,000.00 and will be sent directly to the recipient’s accredited college, trade or vocational institution of attendance, in two installments, upon verification of enrollment. Applications can be found on the Scholarship Rack outside room 210 or at : United Way Community Service Scholarship

TC Energy Scholarships Deadline: May 6, 2022 To be eligible for these scholarships, an applicant must be enrolled in a post-secondary institution for the up-coming academic year, a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., would benefit from supplementary education funding, and must be located in a community near TC Energy's operations or projects.  To find out if you qualify, and to complete a pre-qualification survey, visit their website HERE.

Big Sky State Games Character Counts! Scholarship Deadline: May 6, 2022 Over the past twenty-one years, the Big Sky State Games has awarded the Character Counts! Scholarship to outstanding Montana female and male student-citizen-athletes involved in the Big Sky State Games. The scholarship can be used for any secondary education after high school. This includes trade schools and community colleges. Only high school juniors during the 2020-2021 school year are eligible for this scholarship. This is to ensure that fellow students can observe the scholarship winners during their senior year and to recognize the traits the students show. Applications are available from Big Sky Games.

NEW SCHOLARSHIP CONNIE NICHOLAS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE MAY 13, 2022 In honor of their mother and grandmother the family of Connie Nicholas has created a $2,500 for a graduating senior with a GPA of 3.0 or higher pursuing a college degree. Complete application add your transcript and a letter of recommendation. DEADLINE MAY13, 2022 Applications can be found on the Scholarship Rack outside room 210 or at :Connie Nicholas Memorial Scholarship

Dillon Jaycee Auxiliary Scholarship DEADLINE MAY 13, 2022 Winner receives $500 towards college tuition. Requirements: 1) A graduate from Beaverhead County High School or Lima High School. 2) Attend a 4- year college or university in Montana taking 12 credits or more a semester. *Email application to jayceeauxiliary@gmail.com or mail to JCA, PO Box 467, Dillon, MT 59725. Must be postmarked prior to deadline date; May 13, 2022 . Applications can be found on the Scholarship Rack outside room 210 or at :Dillon Jaycee Auxiliary Scholarship

Montana CattleWomen Inc. Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: May 14, 2022

ELIGIBILITY:
1. Applicant must be from a Montana home.
2. Applicant must attend an accredited Montana institution of post-secondary education, either
public or private.
3. Applicant must be at least a sophomore in college. Preference will be given to applicants majoring
in a field beneficial to the livestock industry.
4. Applicant must have a college grade point average of 2.7 or better.
5. Applicant must have a reasonable need of financial aid.
6. A student from AG-oriented family may be given preference.
7. Members or children of members of Montana CattleWomen, Inc. may be given preference.

Visit Montana Cattlewomen Inc and scroll down to 'Scholarships" to apply.

Fletcher's Scholarship Fund

Deadline: May 15, 2022

Eligibility: Open to any Montana non-traditional student (as characterized by the National Center for Educational Statistics) who meets two or more of the following definitions:

  • Delays enrollment (does not enter post-secondary education in the same calendar year that he or she finished high school);

  • Attends part-time for at least part of the academic year;

  • Is considered financially independent for purposes of determining eligibility for financial aid;

  • Has a high school diploma or completed high school with a GED or other high school completion certificate;

Open to any Montana resident meeting the non-traditional student eligibility criteria above who is seeking funding to attend a Montana two- or four-year college, university or technical school for any area of study on a full- or part-time basis.

Please visit the Fletcher's Scholarship site for more information or click HERE to apply.

Montana Odd Fellows/Rebekah Scholarship

Deadline: May 15, 2022

Applicants MUST include A synopsis of your future plans; A paragraph about your family  including specific mention of membership with either the Odd Fellows or Rebekahs; A statement of why you are applying for the scholarship, including financial need; A photo of yourself; Three Letters of Recommendation; Information about offices held in High School, extracurricular activities, honors and awards, hobbies and activities outside of school, and home obligations; A stamped self addressed envelope.

A pdf of the application is available HERE.

The PB&J Scholarship DEADLINE MAY 31 Annual scholarship is for students who have experienced personal challenges that may not have allowed them to perform well academically, but who still have the drive to succeed. With no GPA requirement, students are encouraged to apply. Go to PB&J Scholarship to scan the QR code or apply at bit.ly/pbjscholarship2022

Farmers Union Industries Foundation Stanley Moore Scholarship - Deadline: May 31, 2022 Several $1,500 scholarships will be awarded with money to be used for tuition and books. AWARD CRITERIA Academic record. Social and community activities. Written essay or oral presentation outlining your
personal and professional goals and your involvement with Farmers Union. Please submit a 10-minute videotape or CD/DVD for oral presentation. Priority given to ag-related study. Finalists will be required to participate in a phone interview. For more information, please visit the website.

Montana Farmers Union Scholarships and Grants

Deadline: May 31, 2022

Montana Farmers Union Scholarships and Grants are open to high school seniors attending or planning to attend a University, College, Community College, or College of Technology in or out of state. 

For more information, please visit the website.

The Horatio Alger Career and Technical Scholarship

Deadline: Jun 15, 2022

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Have completed high school (or earned a high school equivalency credential)

  • Will be enrolled in eligible program fall semester

  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program (up to 2 years) at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States

  • Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)

  • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity

  • Be under the age of 30

  • Be a United States citizen

For more information, please visit their website.

MUS 2 plus 2 Honor Scholarship

Deadline: Jun 30, 2022

Requirements: •

  • Students must apply in June of the year immediately following their graduation (ex...a student that graduates Summer 2021, Fall 2021 or Spring 2022...must apply by June 2022); 

  • Student must obtain a cumulative GPA of 3.4 while earning an Associate’s Degree from an eligible Montana 2-year campus (listed below); 

  • Student must be enrolled full-time, for the next chronological semester (excluding summer) at an eligible 4-year Montana campus (listed below); 

  • Student must be a Montana Resident; 

  • May not be used in conjunction with any other MUS waiver; 

  • This scholarship does not cover mandatory or class fees. Students should ask their chosen college for a list of fees that are not covered by this scholarship.

Please visit MUS 2+2 Honors Scholarship for scholarship information and the application link..

Wize USA High School Scholarship Application link: https://www.wizeprep.com/scholarships/11 Amount: $1000  Application Deadline: June 30th, 2022

Eligibility Criteria: Currently enrolled in a US high school All grades are eligible (Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors) No GPA requirement

How to apply: 

- Visit the application link https://www.wizeprep.com/scholarships/11 Click "Apply Now" (you will need to sign in for free, takes 20 seconds Fill in our short application form (no essays required)

Gianforte Trade and Technology Scholarships

These scholarships are available to students in 2-year Trade or Technology programs at qualifying campuses. Recipients will receive $1,000 for full-time or $500 for part-time enrollment. The Fall semester deadline is September 15th. Deadline for Spring semester is February 15th. Gianforte Fact Sheet

Jim Casey Family Continuing Education and Job Training (CEJT) Scholarship

Deadline: Oct 01, 2022

If you received foster care, guardianship, adoption or Continuing Education and Job Training (CEJT) services from Casey Family Programs in the states of:

  • Arizona

  • California

  • Idaho

  • Louisiana

  • Montana

  • North Dakota

  • Oklahoma

  • Oregon

  • South Dakota

  • Texas

  • Washington, or

  • Wyoming

and you are

  • Currently receiving CEJT funding; or

  • Starting or presently attending a technical school, college or university in pursuit of a certificate, associate’s or bachelor’s degree; or

  • Have completed your bachelor’s degree and are starting or presently pursuing a postgraduate degree

You may be eligible for the Jim Casey Family Programs Continuing Education and Job Training (CEJT) Scholarship.