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.

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.

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

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 SENIOR 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.

Horatio Alger Scholarship

Deadline October 25, 2020

Student who have financial need ( $55,00 or less family income), minimum GPA of 2.0, show integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity and participate in community service. Apply online at Horatio Alger Scholarship

The United States Senate Youth Program Scholarship

DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 2, 2021

$10,000 + Washington Week Online Program (March 14-18)

Any high school junior or senior student who has held or is currently a student leader such as: student body or class president, VPsecretarytreasurer, Student council representative, NHS officer, or student representative to a civic or service organization. See application for more details. Apply at USSYP Scholarship or USSYP Fillable application

Prudential Spirit of Community Award

DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 10

State Scholarship =$1,000 National Scholarship =$5,000

Open to students 9-12 that have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least in part after September 1, 2019. Students need to complete an application then submit it to the principal (Mr. Haverfield) by November 10. Apply online at Spirit of Community Award 

ELKS 2020 MVS Scholarship Application

DEADLINE : NOVEMBER 15, ONLINE APPLICATION

The Elks National Foundation is proud to announce the launch of the 2020 Most Valuable Student Scholarship contest!

Click here to learn more and to apply for the 2020 Most Valuable Student contest. The MVS contest is open to any high school senior who is a U.S. citizen.

Don't miss YOUR chance to become a BURGER KING® Scholar.

High school seniors, BURGER KING® employees, their dependent children, spouses, or domestic partners in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and Guam can apply to receive $1,000 to $50,000 scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year!

Eligible students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

To learn more and apply visit

bk-scholars.com.

Application deadline: December 15, 2021.

VIOLET RICHARDSON AWARD

DEADLINE: NOV 30, 2020

Violet Richardson Award is $600 and the volunteer organization the student works with receives $400. This award recognizes young women, 14 through 17, who, through participation in volunteer activities, have had significant and noteworthy accomplishments.

To learn more visit their website.

Hagan Scholarship Up to $6,0000 each semester, Need Based Merit Scholarship

DEADLINE: DECEMBER 1ST

Eligibility Requirements: GPA 3.75, ranked in top 20%, must work 240 hours in the twelve months prior to the start of each year in college, Estimated Family Contribution on FAFSA less than $6,500.

Apply online at Hagan Scholarship Foundation

EDWARDS JET CENTER SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: NOV 30, 2020

Edwards Jet Center Scholarship is $500. Open to: Any student taking flight instruction or studying Airframe and Power plant maintenance at any school. Selection based on:

1. Future career goals.
2. Past Aviation experience (if any)
3. Outstanding achievements.
1. Mail letter of application in by Dec. 1.
2. Letter should include mailing address, e-mail address, and a phone number.

To learn more visit their website.

A Love of Aviation Scholarship

DEADLINE:Nov 30, 2020 12:00am

A Love of Aviation Scholarship is $750 and is open to Montana residents. Selection based on candidate letters explaining the reasons for applying, future career goals, past aviation experience (if any), and outstanding achievements.

1. Mail letter of application in by Dec. 1.

2. Letter should include mailing address, e-mail address, and a phone number.

Montana Aeronautics Division A Love of Aviation Scholarship

PO Box 200507

Helena, MT 59620-0507

Phone: 406.444.2506

To learn more visit their website.

AOM FLIGHT TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE:NOV 30, 2020 12:00AM

AOM Flight Training Scholarship is $500. Awarded to a student in private pilot training at any school. Open to: Montana residents. Selection based on candidate letters explaining the reasons for applying, future career goals, past aviation experience (if any), and outstanding achievements.

1. Mail letter of application in by Dec. 1.
2. Letter should include mailing address, e-mail address, and a phone number.

To learn more visit their website.

VIOLET RICHARDSON AWARD

DEADLINE: NOV 30, 2021

Violet Richardson Award is $600 and the volunteer organization the student works with receives $400. This award recognizes young women, 14 through 17, who, through participation in volunteer activities, have had significant and noteworthy accomplishments.

To learn more visit their website.

RHM STICK WITH SCHOLARSHIPS

DEADLINE:NOV 30, 2021

November is National Scholarship Month and Reach Higher Montana has got you covered with Stick with Scholarships. High school students have a chance to win one of four $500 scholarships, and additional prizes by posting a picture of one of our stickers to Instagram or Facebook.

To enter, students need to:

  • Take a picture of one of our stickers stuck on an object (water bottle, notebook, laptop, etc.)

  • Post the picture on Instagram or Facebook.

  • Tag @ReachHigherMontana

  • Follow us on Instagram or Facebook. BONUS get two entries if you folow us on both.

Click here for more information.

DISTINGUISHED YOUNG WOMEN of MONTANA

DEADLINE DECEMBER 15, 2021

Distinguished Young Women of Montana is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in young women.

College scholarships are awarded at the state level ($500 last year) and millions in college-granted scholarships are available ($1 billion nationally). And one representative will advance to the national program in Mobile, Alabama where they give away over $130,000 in cash tuition scholarships.

Participation is FREE. Sign up by December 15th at DistinguishedYW of MT

JFK Profiles in Courage Essay Contest

DEADLINE: JANUARY 15,2021

Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. Include an analysis of the obstacles, risks, and consequences associated with the act. The essay may concern an issue at the local, state, national, or international level.

The maximum word count is 1,000 with a minimum of 700, not including citations and bibliography. Use at least five varied sources such as government documents, letters, newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews.

See rules and application at JFK PROFILES IN COURAGE ESSAY CONTEST

$1,000 to $50,000 Scholarships Available Now!

Deadline is fast approaching.

High school seniors, BURGER KING® employees, their dependent children, spouses, or domestic partners In the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico can apply to receive $1,000 to $50,000 scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year!

High school seniors must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)

  • Be active in their school, community and/or have work experience

To learn more and apply visit bk-scholars.com

Application deadline: December 15, 2021.

REACH HIGHER MONTANA SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: JAN 15, 2021

Every year, Reach Higher Montana awards at least 80 - $1,000 scholarships to Montana students through the Reach Higher Montana Scholarship program. We encourage students who wish to reach higher in education, career, and life to apply! The RHM Scholarship opens December 1, and is open to Montana high school seniors and current college students. See the full list of qualifications to apply.

To qualify, applicants must be:

  • Montana high school seniors, or

  • Montana residents who graduated from a Montana high school or approved home school program and are currently attending a Montana college or university, and

  • Attend or will attend at least half time, and

  • Have at least a 2.5 grade point average (GPA), and

  • Submitted the FAFSA for the 2020-21 academic year.

For more information visit our website.

America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by Bayer Fund, is offering more than $500,000 in scholarships to high school seniors and college students pursuing an ag-related field of study. Students can apply for a $1,500 scholarship now through January 14, 2022.

Go to AG SCHOLARSHIPS www.AmericasFarmers.com

MONTANA JAYCEE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE JANUARY 22,2022 $1,000 SCHOLARSHIP

APPLY AT WWW.USJCISENATE.ORG

VIGILANTE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE LEADERSHIP AWARD & MONTANA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES’ ASSOCIATION MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: JAN 25,2022

Applicant or parent must be a member of Vigilante Electric Cooperative

See full application at VEC Leadership Scholarship hard copies can also be found at the BCHS counseling office.

MONTANA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES' ASSOCIATION MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: JAN 23, 2022

Montana Electric Cooperatives' Association Memorial Scholarship is (4) $500. Award is open to members of a Montana rural electric cooperative who are Montana residents. The applicants must be high school seniors planning to attend college or colleges of technology or students continuing their under-graduate education. Selection based on personal statement; grades; ACT/SAT scores; activities in school and community.

To learn more visit their website.

MYSA HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: JAN 30, 2022

MYSA High School Senior Scholarship is $500. Each season Montana Youth Soccer awards our High School Senior Scholarship to ten applicants from across the state. Each successful applicant receives $500 towards their post-secondary education. Applicants must be players or referees, and during the application process are asked to demonstrate the importance of soccer on their lives.

To learn more visit their website.

ELKS NATIONAL FOUNDATION LEGACY AWARD

DEADLINE:JAN 30, 2022

Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards are $4,000. Applicant must be a high school senior and a child or grandchild (step-child, step-grandchild or legal ward) of a living Elk member. Applicants must take the SAT or ACT before application.

To learn more visit their website.

Youth Serve Montana Scholarship

DEADLINE January 31,2022

To qualify for this $1,000 award, graduating seniors must provide verification they have completed at least 50 hours of volunteer service within the past year. COVID-19 related service hours are encouraged and will be weighted in the application scoring process. Students must also verify they have been accepted to a Montana Campus Compact member institution school. Please note all of the embedded two year colleges (City College MSUB, Gallatin College, Highlands College, Missoula College, and Bitterroot College) are part of this network. 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.

THE MONTANA WOMAN FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE:JAN 31, 2022

The Montana Women Foundation award scholarships to Montana women who have lived in this state for at least three years and are attending OR plan to attend a Montana college.

To learn more visit their website.

MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY -BILLINGS GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

PRIORITY DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 1, 2022

700+ Awards ranging from $200 to FULL TUITION to MUS-B! A complete list of scholarships are available at msubillings.academicworks.com

LENORE TALIAFERRO MEMORIAL ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE:FEB 14, 2022

Lenore Taliaferro Memorial Academic Scholarship is $1,500 awarded to students who have been accepted or enrolled in a college or university and are interested in pursuing a career in the field of gerontology and/or geriatrics.

To learn more visit their website

GEORGE GRANT CHAPTER- TROUT UNLIMITED

TONY SCHOONEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP- up to $2,500

DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 21,2022

Graduating Senior are eligible to apply, must have at least one recommendation from a senior class teacher. Students that have volunteered for environmental conservation projects, programs or groups will receive higher placement. Completed applications must be submitted by FEBRUARY 21,2022. Applications can be found at GGTU or in the Guidance Office.

MONTANA TECH'S CODEMONTANA SCHOLARSHIPS

DEADLINE: FEB 22, 2022

Montana Tech's Code Montana scholarship of $4,000 is awarded each year to support tuition and/or other expenses at a 2- or 4- Year College or University during the fall academic semester after graduation of that year.

To learn more visit their website.

Women's Cyber Security Scholarships - $6,000 - 10 Awards (Deadline: February 22, 2022)

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must: A) Be pursuing, or plan to pursue, a degree with a focus on cybersecurity or information assurance. B) Be a senior in high school with a GPA of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale. C) Be attending full time or part time. Applications can be found by going to: https://scholarshipguidance.com/scholarships/31151/womens-cyber-security-scholarships