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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. 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:

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.

  • Scholly – 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!)
  • 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.
  • 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 scholarship search.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

    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 rondarussell@montana.edu with any questions.

    I look forward to see your student at MSU

    Ronda Russell

    Director of Admissions

    Montana State University

    Bozeman, Montana 59717

    888-MSU-CATS; 406-994-2452

    rondarussell@montana.edu


     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. 


    Award of $500, no specific deadline

    Write an essay about a personal encounter you or someone you know has had with drug and/or alcohol abuse. In your essay explain how the situation was dealt with, what you learned from it, what others can learn from the experience, and what was right or wrong (in your opinion) about the way the incident or problem was handled. Scholarship essays are judged in the same way that essays written for a high school English class would be: thesis statement, supporting content, grammar, punctuation, etc.

    Eligibility

    1.You must currently be a senior in high school.

    2.Your high school must be located in one of the following states: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington or Wyoming.

    3.You must have a grade point average of 2.5 or better.

    4.You must have plans to attend college after graduation (the college you will attend can be located in any state).

    To apply

    Mail your essay, transcripts, photo, school name, and contact info (phone number, address,

    and e-mail) to: Alert Magazine

    Attn: Scholarship

    P.O. Box 4833 Boise, Idaho 83711

    Visit http://www.alertmagazine.org/scholarship.php for more information

    • Hagan Scholarship Foundation

    Deadline November 15, 2019

    The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship. The scholarship is designed to help recipients graduate college debt free. Eligibility Requirements: GPA 3.75 or higher, 24 or higher on ACT, work 240 hours in the 12 months prior to the start of each academic year of college, complete FAFSA with EFC or less then $6,500. GO to www.hsfmo.org to apply.

    • Reach Higher “Stick with Scholarships” Contest/Scholarship

    Deadline November 30 2019

    To Enter take a picture of the Reach Higher “ Best View” sticker on an object ( water bottle, notebook, laptop etc). Post the picture on Instagram with the #@ReachHigherMontana. Follow Reach Higher on Instagram @ReachHigherMontana. Must be a Montana high school student in grades 9-12 and plan on attending an accredited institution after high school. The contest will run Nov 1- Nov 30. Prizes will be awarded by a random drawing December 2. Winners will be posted on our Instagram page. Prizes include : two $500 scholarships, four $50 Amazon gift cards, four 21 oz hydro Flasks. For more information visit ReachHigherMontana.org/scholarships

    Deadline: December 14, 2019

    Scholarships range from $10,000 to $25,000.

    Applicants typically show achievement in and outside the classroom through their jobs, sports or other extracurricular activities.

    Montana Tech Scholarship Program

    Priority December 15 2019

    Montana Tech will award over $1.4 million in New/Transfer Scholarships to Montana students. Average scholarship a new Montana student receives is $3,500. 80% of Montana students receive some form of financial aid and/or scholarships. There is a general scholarship application that considers students for all scholarships for which they qualify.

    • Burger King Scholars Program

    Deadline December 15,2019

    Scholarships and grants range from $1,000 to $50,000 and are intended to help offset the cost of attending college or vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected based on grade point average, work experience, extracurricular activities, and community service.

    Deadline December 31, 2019

    Award $1,000

    For students who who intend to pursue a career in finance or a related industry

    Deadline December 31, 2019

    Award $2,500

    To help students take a thoughtful approach to the college decision process and pay for college.

    Caring.com Scholarship

    Deadline December 31, 2019

    Award 2 scholarships of $1,500

    At Caring.com we understand the demanding lifestyle of student-caregivers and the challenges they may face. The Student Caregiver Scholarship provides financial assistance to students who are caring for an adult relative while enrolled in college.Applicants must be a full-time high school students who are registered to attend a qualifying institution the following semester. Interested students can submit either a 1,500-word essay or a two-minute video addressing the following questions:Who are you caring for and how are you involved as their caregiver?How has your role as a caregiver influenced the decision for your major/career path?How would this scholarship be helpful to you in your current student-caregiving role?

    Deadline December 31, 2019

    Students are eligible for this $1000 scholarship if they have a 2.5 GPA, financial need, volunteer during their senior year, and plan to attend one of the many colleges listed on the website

    COLLEGE PEAS STUDENT STANDOUT

    Deadline: December 31, 2019

    Award: $400

    How To Apply:http://www.collegepeas.com/scholarshipgreen

    College Peas Scholarship application

    To qualify for the College Peas Standout Student Scholarship you must be a current high school student and:

    Be a current high school student that Intends to enroll full-time at a four-year college.

    Have a minimum GPA of 2.0/4.0.

    Submit a short essay describing a special skill, talent or interest that helps you stand out from your peers. The essay should be no longer than 100 words.

    National Wild Turkey Federation Scholarship

    Deadline January 1,2020

    The purpose of the NWTF Dr. James Earl Kennamer Academic Scholarship Program is to recognize and reward NWTF JAKES members, who are currently seniors in high school, for their outstanding academic achievements, community involvement and leadership roles. Download the application at NWTF Dr James Earl Kennamer Scholarship Program

    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 legionnaire.clement@gmail.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

    Award: $2,000

    How To Apply:https://www.senioradvice.com/senior-caregiver-scholarship-spring-2019

    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.

    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’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

    Amount: $500

    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:

    https://www.legion.org/publications/243344/eagle-scout-year-nomination-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

    http://www.umt.edu/finaid/scholarships/um-scholarship-portal/default.php

    • 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.

    Award: $1,000.00

    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: scholarship@blackmountainsoftware.com

    Download Application

    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:scholarship@blackmountainsoftware.com

    • Davis Scholarship

    Deadline: May 24, 2020

    Deadline Details: Your submissions must be sent to us by email at awards@studentawardsearch.com

    Award: $1,000

    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

    Deadline: July

    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

    https://chooserestaurants.org/