WHAT KINDS OF SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE?
SOME SCHOLARSHIPS FOR COLLEGE ARE MERIT-BASED. YOU EARN THEM BY MEETING OR EXCEEDING CERTAIN STANDARDS SET BY THE SCHOLARSHIP-GIVER. MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS MIGHT BE AWARDED BASED ON ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OR ON A COMBINATION OF ACADEMICS AND A SPECIAL TALENT, TRAIT, OR INTEREST. OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS ARE BASED ON FINANCIAL NEED.
MANY SCHOLARSHIPS ARE GEARED TOWARD PARTICULAR GROUPS OF PEOPLE; FOR INSTANCE, THERE ARE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WOMEN OR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS. AND SOME ARE AVAILABLE BECAUSE OF WHERE YOU OR YOUR PARENT, OR BECAUSE YOU COME FROM A CERTAIN BACKGROUND (FOR INSTANCE, THERE ARE:
A SCHOLARSHIP MIGHT COVER THE ENTIRE COST OF YOUR TUITION, OR IT MIGHT BE A ONE-TIME AWARD OF A FEW HUNDRED DOLLARS. EITHER WAY, IT'S WORTH APPLYING FOR BECAUSE IT WILL HELP REDUCE THE COST OF YOUR EDUCATION. KNOW THAT YOU MAY APPLY FOR 20 SCHOLARSHIPS AND ONLY RECEIVE A COUPLE BUT MAKE SURE THAT YOU FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS AND MAKE EACH APPLICATION NEAT AND FOCUSED TO WHAT THE SPONSOR IS LOOKING FOR. SEE THE SCHOLARSHIP HANDOUT FOR MORE TIPS INFORMATION.
THE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH WEBSITE HAS A TON OF INFORMATION ABOUT LOOKING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AND THE FINANCIAL AID PROCESS.
How Do I Find Scholarships:
You can learn about scholarships in several ways, including contacting the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend and checking information in a public library or online. But be careful - make sure scholarship information and offers you receive are legitimate and remember that you don't have to pay to find scholarships or other financial aid.
Try these free sources of information about scholarships:
- The financial aid office at a college or career school - go directly to the colleges that you are applying to and search for scholarships on their sites.
- The U.S. Department of Labor's FREE scholarship search tool or other search engines:
- College Board's Scholarship Search
- Smart About College
- Fastweb Scholarship Search
- www.internationalscholarships.com – Searchable database of scholarships all around the world.
- www.reaganfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs/ge-reagan-foundation-scholarship-program/ –The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program awards scholarships to college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship.
- Federal agencies
- Your library's reference section
- Foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses or civic groups
- Organizations (including professional associations) related to your field of interest
- Ethnicity-based organizations
- Your employer or your parents'/guardians' employers
Scholarships for students with Disabilities or chronic illness:
- www.aahd.us/initiatives/scholarship-program/ – The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Scholarship Program provides scholarships for people with disabilities. Application deadline for the following academic year is November 15th.
- www.needymeds.org/scholarships.taf – Lists scholarships that are offered for students (or students with a family member) with specific medical conditions.
- www.patientadvocate.org – Scholarships for individuals pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies who have been diagnosed with or treated for cancer, a chronic, or life-threatening debilitating disease as a child or young adult.
Scholarships for Minority Students
- Minority Student Scholarship Guide- Discusses minority scholarships, grants and other financial aid available to African-American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, LGBT and female students and helps minority students look for and land scholarships through resources and expert advice.
- www.thebestcolleges.org/college-scholarships-for-minority-students/ - Guide to finding scholarships for minorities to help students maximize their financial aid opportunities.
- www.jackierobinson.org/impact/programs/ – The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Programs addresses the financial need of minority college students and provides comprehensive mentoring services.
Scholarship Resources Related to Military and Public Service Groups
- https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/ - U.S Department of Veterans Affairs link to information and resources on the GI Bill.
- www.elks.org/enf/scholars/ – High school seniors are eligible to apply. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
- mcsf.scholarshipapps.org/index.cfm – The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation provides need-based scholarships to the children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen who attend college or career training.
- www.truman.gov – The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership.
Go to http://www.raise.me to learn more about this interesting scholarship program. Students can create a portfolio starting in 9th grade to which they add their achievements as they move through high school. Examples of achievements can be earning an A in a class or joining a certain club/organization. For each achievement, colleges have the opportunity to award "micro-scholarships" which add up over time. Various schools across the country, including the University of Montana, participate.
Log intoMyScholly.com for access to a comprehensive, online, scholarship search. Montana students have free access to this resource through the organization Reach Higher Montana. Visit their website to learn more.http://www.reachhighermontana.org/scholarships/
Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Interested students can enter the contest here: http://www.varsitytutors.com/college-scholarship
The Scholarship Guidance website atwww.scholarshipguidance.com displays a frequently updated list of scholarships available for a wide variety of interests and age levels. You can register to receive updates on available scholarships or like their Facebook page to have scholarships sent to your Facebook.
CURRENT 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 scholarships that may not be listed.
- MUS Honor Scholarship
Deadline: March 15
On line at www.mus.edu/scholarship
- Horatio Alger Montana Scholarship
Deadline March 15
High School Senior going to a Montana University System School. Applicant must demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower family income), be involved in co-curricular and community service activities and maintain a GPA of 2.0. Students are to display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity and be a US citizen. Award up to $15,000.
Apply at scholars.horatioalger.org
- MONTANA State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR-) – Silver Bow Chapter
Deadline March 15
Seniors who have a 3.0 GPA or higher and who will be attending a Montana college/university/vocational school. Open to both male and female students. Award amount $500. Applicants must mail completed application packets to Chapter Regent Helen Brown no later than March 15th. Applications are available in the guidance classroom on the scholarship rack.
- Montana Association of Clerk and Recorders
Deadline March 15, 2019
1- $1,000 scholarship and 1- $500 scholarship
To a graduating senior who will be attending a Montana university, college or vocational-technical school. Each county will select an applicant to go to the district level then to state. Application forms are in the guidance classroom or at the Beaverhead County Clerk’s office
- The Odd Fellow and Rebekah Lodges of Montana Scholarship
Deadline March 15th (POSTMARKED)
For a graduating senior with a GPA of 3.0 or LESS planning to attend a college, university, Vo-Tech, Business, Nursing or Beauty school in Montana. Application includes: Letter of introduction ( with requirements), Essay on future plans, paragraph about your family, copy of transcripts, school of choice and financial needs paragraph, photo, 3 letters of recommendations. Send complete application to: Adeia Thompson, Chair 1209 Lewis Ave Billings MT 59102 OR Barb Scott, RA Secretary 109 Riverview 5W Great Falls, MT 59404.Applications are available in the guidance classroom on the scholarship rack.
- Montana Community Foundation Scholarships
Deadline March 15, 2019
The Montana Community Foundation provides various scholarships for eligible students. Students create a general application on the MCF website. MCF will connect applications to the appropriate scholarships. A list of scholarships should appear as students complete their application. Students can access each of the scholarships’ information and online application at https://www.mtcf.org/Grants-Scholarships/Apply-for-a-Scholarship
- Great Harvest Bread Co. Scholarship
Deadline: 5:00 PM March 20
Four year $1,500 per year scholarship to a Beaverhead County High School senior planning to attend college during the 2019-2020 school year with at least a 3.5 GPA. Applications are available in the guidance classroom on the scholarship rack.
- Bill Mular Memorial Scholarship
Deadline March 25
Senior accepted to and attending Montana Tech, Lettered in Varsity Athletics, and a 3.00 GPA. Application requires 3 letters of recommendation (Coach, Teacher, and Community Leader), High School Transcript and Letter of acceptance to Montana Tech. Completed application and recommendation letters submitted to the Bill Mular Memorial Scholarship by March 25th. Applications are available in the guidance classroom on the scholarship rack.
Lions Club Community Service Scholarship
Deadline March 27 to Mr Haverfield
Complete application with essay and community service hours. Applications are available in the guidance classroom on the scholarship rack. Completed applications are due to Mr Haverfield by March 27.
- Beaverhead Federation of Teachers Scholarship
- Deadline March 27 to Mrs Paffhausen
Complete application with essay. Applications are available in the guidance classroom on the scholarship rack. Completed applications are due to Mrs Paffhausen by March 27.
BPO ELKS Dillon Lodge # 1554
Deadline March 29 to Mrs Perisho
Complete application with essay. Applications are available in the guidance classroom on the scholarship rack. Complete applications are due to Ms Perisho by March 29th.
Deadline: TBA Tentatively March 31, 2019
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.
- Beaverhead County DUI Task Force Scholarship
Deadline April 1
Any eligible Senior at Beaverhead County High School, GPA 2.5 or higher, planning to attend a College or a trade school (in any state) in the fall of 2019. Applicant must not have a history of MIP, DUI or any legal infraction related to the use of alcohol or drugs. Completed application and essay question should be submitted to the Beaverhead County DUI Task Force, postmarked by April 1, 2019. Applications are available in the guidance classroom on the scholarship rack.
- Dillon Rotary Club Scholarship
Deadline April 1
Seniors at Beaverhead County High School or Lima High School, GPA 3.0 or higher, planning to attend one of the Montana University’s or a Montana Community College in the fall of 2019. Applicant must complete the application and essay questions and submit in a sealed envelope to the Dillon Rotary Club, postmarked by April 1, 2019. Preference given to applicant who demonstrates leadership or has attended a Leadership Camp or RYLA camp. Applicant must be community service oriented. Applications are available in the guidance classroom on the scholarship rack.
- Montana Farm Bureau Federation Women’s Leadership Committee Scholarship
Deadline April 1
Senior male or female, whose parents are current active Montana Farm Bureau members. Applications are scored on: scholastic achievement, future goals, community involvement, and school activities. Applications require two (2) letters of reference, high school transcript and completed application.
Applications must be submitted to:
The Local SW Counties Farm Bureau office at 221 East Reeder St, Dillon MT 59725
Or Ellis Boyd PO Box 99 Alder MT 59710
By April 1.
Applications can be accessed on line at https://mfbf.org/page/file?path=Files%2Fwebsite%2FScholarships%2F2019%20MFBF%20WLC%20Scholarship%20Application.pdf
or hard copy applications are available in the guidance classroom on the scholarship rack.
- Rocky Mountain Chapter of Credit Unions Scholarship
Deadline: April 1
For graduating senior accepted to an accredited Montana college with parents or self as a member of one of the following credit unions: Butte Community FCU, Deer Lodge County School Employees FCU, High Peaks FCU, Horizon CU, Mile High FCU, Northwestern Energy Employees FCU, Rocky Mountain CU, and Southwest Montana CFCU. Applications are available in the guidance classroom.
- Ron Wagner Scholarship/High Peaks FCU
Deadline April 1
For graduating seniors accepted to an accredited Montana college and parents or self as a member of High Peaks Credit Union. Applications are available in the guidance classroom.
- Clara and Ted Hazelbaker Scholarship, sponsored by Pioneer Federal Savings and Loan
Deadline April 8th to Pioneer Federal Savings Loan
$1,500 award. Senior in good standing, involved in his/her community, and committed to attending and institution of higher learning in the fall of 1017. Hard copy applications are available in the guidance classroom on the scholarship rack or at pioneerfed.com
- VFW Post 9040 Scholarship
Deadline April 8th to Ms Perisho
Two $500 awards to seniors attending Beaverhead County High School. Completion of application questions and essay. Hard copy applications are available in the guidance classroom on the scholarship rack.
- Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Scholarship
Deadline April 15th
Two $750 awards to a graduating high school senior who is seeking a career in local law enforcement. Hard copy applications are available in the guidance classroom on the scholarship rack.
- Black Mountain Software
Deadline: April 15, 2019
Deadline Details: All submissions must be emailed or postmarked on or before April 15, 2019.
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- MSU Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity Scholarship
Deadline April 22th to AGR in Bozeman
General scholarship from $250-$500 to incoming freshmen at MSU with an agricultural background. Preference is given towards those active in FFA, 4-H or any other agricultural oriented organization. Completed application and essay mailed to AGR by April 22. Hard copy applications are available in the guidance classroom on the scholarship rack. Questions??
Email AGR at email@example.com
- Grasshopper Valley Ladies Club
Deadline May 1
Applications are available in the guidance classroom.
- Vivint Smart Home Scholarship
Deadline May 1
Vivint Smart Home is very excited to offer your students the opportunity to receive the Vivint Smart Home Scholarship. The application deadline for fall semester is May 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. MST. After the deadline, five winners will be selected from across the United States. Each winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship award. The Vivint Smart Home Scholarship will be recurring and available both in the Fall and Spring with new video prompts.
Scholarship award is not based on financial need. To be eligible for the scholarship contest, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Must be a high school senior or college student
- Must be a legal U.S. resident and currently living in the United States
- Must submit a video that meets the guidelines described on The Vivint Smart Home Scholarship webpage
- Davis Scholarship
Deadline: May 24, 2019
Deadline Details: Your submissions must be sent to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
How To Apply:http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm
- The Bobby Joe Turney Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: May 31, 2019
Established by Bobby Joe’s family in his honor to help a senior aspiring to attend a university, college or trade school. Hard copy applications are available in the guidance classroom on the scholarship rack
Deadline TBA Tentatively July 1, 2019
The SeniorHomes.com Caregiver Scholarship is intended for students who are passionate about helping seniors live healthy lives and are pursuing careers in senior care. The award can be used towards tuition and/or books.Applicants must be actively enrolled in or accepted to attend a U.S. college or university and pursuing a career in senior care. Applicants must submit either a 500-word essay or 2-3 minute video addressing a topic related to elder care. Apply at Seniorhomes.com
- National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
Amount: Up to $2,500
Eligibility: US citizen or permanent resident, a senior planning to major in culinary, restaurant management, or other foodservice related major.
How to Apply: Apply online