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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. 

    • 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 or at Odd Fellow & Rebekah Scholarship


    • Montana Community Foundation

    Deadline March 15, 2020

    APPLY at mtcf.org/applications

    Any high school senior who will be attending a Montana University System campus. Scholarships vary. Apply online at MTCF Apply for scholarships.


    Deadline March 16, 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. Apply online at bbb-scholarship.org


    • Rocky Mountain Credit Union Scholarship

    Deadline March 20, 2020 ( to be received by March 23)

    Applications available in the guidance office. 3 Scholarships available to High School students attending college, university or trade school and are a member of a Rocky Mt Chapter Credit Union. Requirements are complete application, essay, Personal Statement, and Resume. Applications are available in the guidance office or at RMT CU Scholarship


    • Ron Wagner Memorial Scholarship

    Deadline :March 20, 2020 ( to be received by March 23)

    Scholarship available to graduating high school seniors who are affiliated with High Peaks FCU. In submitting the application, the winner agrees to use the funds provided by our Credit Union during the first qtr/sem of his/her Freshman year. Or the award is forfeited and the alternate will be selected. When completing the application, be sure to be SPECIFIC when listing all your work, school activities and community involvement. Applications are available in the guidance office and at Ron Wagner Memorial Scholarship


    • Bill Mular Memorial Scholarship

    Deadline :March 20, 2020 ( to be received by March 25)

    Requirements for application: ACCEPTED TO MONTANA TECH - UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA VARSITY LETTER EARNED ON AN ATHLETIC TEAM, EARNED AT LEAST A CUMULATIVE 'B' AVERAGE, APPLICATION SUBMITTED BY MARCH 25th OF THE APPLICATION YEAR

    Complete Application PLUS: 3 LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION [ COACH - TEACHER - COMMUNITY LEADER ],OFFICIAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT, LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE TO MONTANA TECH - UM Applications are available in the Guidance Office and at Bill Mular Memorial Scholarshi


    • Lions Club Community Service Scholarship

    Deadline :March 27, 2020

    Applications are available in the guidance office and at Lions Community Service Scholarship .

    A $500 scholarship awarded to a BCHS senior who continues their formal education at a university, college or vocational institution. Criteria for selection: 25% Academic, 25% Essay, 25% Documented hours of community service.


    • Dennis A De Vivo Aviation Scholarship

    Deadline March 26, 2020 ( to be received by March 30)

    Applications available in the guidance office or at De Vivo Aviation Scholarship This scholarship is intended to benefit a student interested in a future in aviation either as a pilot or mechanic. We are looking for someone excited about a career in aviation and who is a community minded individual. To be awarded to a resident of Southwest Montana. Complete application with a 250 word biography.


    • Dillon Elks Scholarship

    Deadline April 10th, 2020 ( NEW DATE.SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

    Many trades go short of trained people. The Dillon Elks Lodge created a Scholarship Fund to help motivate Beaverhead County High School graduates to attend the college, Technical school or Vo-Tech School of their choice. Requirements are a completed application, a 500 word essay and a letter of recommendation.Applications available in the guidance office and at Dillon Elks Scholarship


    • Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship

    Deadline April 30, 2020 (NEW DATE)

    Your complete scholarship application will be automatically considered by the University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UAF). In addition, it will also be considered by several other organizations if you meet their scholarship requirements. So, a complete application may give you the opportunity to compete for several different scholarship awards. Please see the website for specific requirements for each organization's awards.

    Applications for 2020 may be made online and must be completed by March 31, 2020.Apply online atAA Scholarship


    • BEAVERHEAD FEDERATION OF TEACHERS

    DEADLINE :April 1, 2020

    COMPLETE APPLICATION AND ESSAY DUE TO MS PAFFHAUSEN. APPLICATIONS ARE IN THE GUIDANCE OFFICE OR AT :

    Beaverhead Federation of Teachers Scholarship


    • MFBF Scholarship sponsored by the Women’s Leadership Comt

    Deadline April 1, 2020

    The Montana Farm Bureau Federation will present two, $1,500.00 scholarships made available through special efforts of the MFB Women’s Leadership Committee. The scholarships are available to both boys and girls.

    The winner will be selected on the following criteria: 1) Must be an incoming college freshman. 2) Scholarship must be used the year it is awarded. 3) Must be a current paid Montana Farm Bureau member, or an immediate member of a current paid Montana Farm Bureau family. 4) Applications will be scored on the following top priorities: a.Scholastic achievement (high school GPA) b.Future Goals (college, career, activities, etc.) c.Community Involvement d.School activities

    Applicants must also provide: TWO (2) LETTERS OF REFERENCE. A HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT OF CREDITS AND GPA.

    BCHS Applications must be submitted to your county Farm Bureau no later than April 1, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Alena Standley, alenas@mfbf.org ; 406-799-9955.

    Applications available in the guidance office and at MFBF Scholarship


    • Dillon Rotary Club Scholarship

    Deadline April 1

    The Dillon Rotary Club will be giving away up to $1,500 in scholarships to a qualifying Senior from BCHS or Lima HS. The Applicant must have a completed application, essay , a GPA of 3.0 or higher with plans to attend a Montana University or College.  Applications are due to Dillon Rotary Club Attn: Carrie Lucon PO Box 306, Dillon bt April 1st. Applications can be found at Dillon Rotary Scholarship or in the guidance office. 


    • Clara & Ted Hazelbaker Scholarship sponsored by Pioneer Federal Savings and Loan

    Deadline April 2 2020 ( to be received by April 6th )

    Pioneer Federal Savings and Loan Association is most pleased to sponsor the Clara and Ted Hazelbaker Scholarship, a continuing education scholarship awarded annually to a worthy BCHS graduate.A student must be of good standing, involved in his/her community, and committed to attending an institution of higher learning in the fall of 2020. Required are completed and signed application, transcript, Letters of recommendations and an essay on “The Responsibility of an Individual to Serve One’s Community”. Complete applications must be submitted by MONDAY APRIL 6th to Pioneer Federal Savings And Loan. Applications are in the guidance office or at T & C Scholarship Application online at Ted & Clara Hazelbaker Scholarship


    • VFW POST 9040

    Deadline April 10,2020 (Tentative)

    Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to seniors attending BCHS. All graduating seniors are eligible however preference is given to an individual who is the child or grandchild of a veteran or current service member. See application for complete details. Applications are available in the guidance office and at VFW Scholarship


    • OrthoRehab Physical Therapy Scholarship

    Deadline April 8, 2020 (DEADLINE MAY BE ADJUSTED)

    This fund was established in 2016 to support an undergraduate education in the medical field. The recipient will agree to attend their high school awards ceremony. Minimum of $500 to support an undergraduate education in the medical field.Applications available in the guidance office and at OrthoRehab Scholarship


    •  Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholarship

    Deadline April 15

    Students pursuing an Associate's degree or certificate program in career or technical education. Applications are on line at HA Career & Tech Scholarship


    • American Legion Scholarship

    Deadline April 24

    American Legion Post #20 is offering a $300 scholarship to a Senior attending BCHS who is planning on attending post secondary school. Applicants must submit a complete application, a short essay and 2-reference letters. Send to American Legion Post #20 PO Box 146, Dillon. Applications can be found at American Legion Application or in the guidance office. 


    •  Dillon Jaycee Auxiliary Scholarship

    Deadline: April 24, MUST BE POSTMARKED BEFORE APRIL 24

    The DJA is providing a $500 scholarship to a graduating senior who plans to attend full time at a Montana College or University. Completed applications must be postmarked BEFORE April 24th. or emailed to jayceeauxiliary@gmail.com. Applications are available in the Guidance office or at JCA Scholarship


    • 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


    Barrett Hospital Foundation: Ruth and Garth Haugland Memorial Scholarship

    Deadline May 6th to the Barrett Hospital Foundation

    $500 scholarship. Open to a BCHS senior pursuing a career in healthcare or behavioral health care. Apply at Ruth & Gath Haugland Scholarship


    United Way of Beaverhead County Community Service Scholarship

    Deadline May 8th 2020

    Application can be downloaded at United Way Community Service Scholarship or Beaverhead United Way under "INVESTMENTS". 


    • 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


    • The Bobby Joe Turney Memorial Scholarship

    DEADLINE : May 31 submitted to Jennifer Turney 2361 MT Hwy 91 S, Dillon MT 59725

    In memory of Bobby Joe Turney his family has established a $500 scholarship in his name. Applicants must submit a personal essay describing Family Values, past or present community involvement, future goals and ways that The Bobby Joe Turney Scholarship will assist in attaining these goals. Applications are available in the guidance office and at Bobby Joe Turney Memorial Scholarship 2020


    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 TDB

    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/