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www.myscholly.com (Sign up for Scholly for free, courtesy of Reach Higher Montana, by using the code RHM2017.)
This online scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA and a short essay (no more than 100 words) describing a special skill, talent, or interest that helps you standout from your peers. (The application isn’t currently open but will open again)
The Treacy Foundation gives scholarships to starting freshman and sophomore college students who are residents of Montana, Idaho, and North Dakota and can show financial need. (You don’t have to be attending college in Montana.) “The scholarships are $2,000 per year and are renewable for 4 years provided the student requests renewal each year.” In order to get the application you will need to send an e-mail and request it.
“Supporting education and academic achievement is important to us. At School Furniture Depot, we honor the hard work and dedication of teachers who are critical to students’ success. Great teachers inspire many students to become teachers as well. Every year, we offer one $1,000 scholarship to help an aspiring teacher achieve his or her goal. To apply, please submit one 300-word essay (it can be longer if needed as submissions will be judged on quality and not length) about the teacher and/or event that inspired you to seek a degree in teaching.” Eligible applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll full-time at an accredited technical school, college, or university in the US and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. To apply you must send your essay and contact information via e-mail to the address listed below. You can also submit any questions using that same address. In your e-mail you need to include your first and last name, phone number, an unofficial transcript, and the name of the college you plan on attending and the degree you plan on pursuing.
Any U.S. citizen who is a college student or junior or senior in high school with a 2.5 GPA is eligible to apply for this scholarship. The application includes basic contact information as well as an essay using the following prompt: why do you believe you should be awarded this scholarship? Your essay should be 250 words or less. One scholarship is given each month so you can re-apply.
“The Lewis and Clark County Farm Bureau will present three $1,000 scholarships to students from Lewis and Clark County area schools…. The committee will select the recipients for 2017 based on the following criteria: must be an incoming freshman or presently enrolled in college or an accredited vocational educational school, scholarship must be used the year it is awarded, and must be a current paid Lewis and Clark County Farm Bureau member, or an immediate member of a current paid Lewis and Clark County Farm Bureau family.” Applications will be judged on scholastic achievement (grades), goals regarding college courses, activities and your future, your major course of study and how you will use it to better agriculture, leadership experiences, community and school activities, and your description of some of the current issues regarding agriculture. Application packets will include the application form, two letters of reference, and a copy of your most recent transcript. Application information and forms can be picked up from Ms. Oliveira in the counseling office. Application packets should be mailed to the address listed below and should be postmarked by the deadline date.
Karl Christians, President
Lewis & Clark County Farm Bureau
P.O. Box 566
East Helena, MT 59635
This is a $2,000 scholarship for a graduating high school senior or current college student. The application requires one essay of 500 or more words that will be judged on writing quality and style, creativity, originality of thought and persuasiveness. The essay should be submitted via e-mail by the deadline date to the address below. Essay prompt: “Driverless vehicles are no longer science fiction, and well-known companies like Google and Mercedes-Benz are currently working on such projects. . . . Entrants should lay out their opinions regarding the benefits or drawbacks of this technological breakthrough on the economy and society at large.” Check out their website for more information.
“Each year there are 20 to 50 million tons of e-waste discarded in the world. E-waste contains toxic materials, including heavy metals, that can easily seep into the ground and ultimately get into groundwater supplies. According to the EPA, recycling e-waste allows more than 100 million pounds of materials to be reused annually. The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand the impact of e-waste and what can be done to reduce e-waste.” This $1,000 scholarship is for any high school student (regardless of grade), college student or graduate student. The application has two stages. The first stage requires a brief online form and a 140-character statement that completes this sentence: The most important reason to care about e-waste is…. The top 10 applicants will be chosen to move on to the second stage. The second stage will require applicants to write a 500-1,000 essay about e-waste.
“The HGSA established the Bonnie Sue Heller Memorial High School Senior Grant Fund for the benefit of high school senior girls who have participated in one or more HGSA leagues for a minimum of two seasons. . . . Primarily, the Grant Committee is interested in those girls who made HGSA a part of their lives season after season.” The application packet requires the application form, an official transcript, one letter of recommendation from an HGSA program adult volunteer (current or former), one letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or other administrator at their school, one letter of recommendation from a community leader (employers, church leaders, Girl Scout leader, or other known youth organization representative), an essay on “the value of participation in HGSA softball, and a verified list of extracurricular activities including employment, school approved extracurricular activities, and participation in community organizations. A school official must sign to verify the participation in these activities. This is a non-renewable $500 award that will be sent directly to the recipient’s two or four-year college/university. Application packets should be mailed to the address below and received by the deadline date. You can pick-up an application from Ms. Oliveira in the counseling office or visit the HGSA website.
Helena Girls Softball Association
PO Box 5021
Helena, MT 59601
These scholarships are for students currently in high school, and the amounts vary from $1,000 to $5,000. Each award is a non-renewable, one-time award and is to be used exclusively to offset costs and fees related directly to the student’s first year of higher post-secondary education at an accredited institution of the student’s choosing within the United States. In the event an underclassman is an award recipient, the monies will be held by the American College Foundation until the student completes high school and begins their higher education; at which time the awarded amount will be distributed.” In order to get an application, interested students must register on the ACF site and a packet will then be mailed. The application submission will include the application form, an unofficial transcript, and a 500-word typed essay that addresses the following prompt: “Why college is important to me.” Applications can be submitted via e-mail or snail mail; they just need to be received by the deadline date.
(I don’t typically add scholarships to our list that require you to sign up on a company’s website; however, in this case, a $5,000 scholarship may be worth it. Just keep in mind that you are signing up for their services when you request an application packet.)
“The Montana Coroners’ Association announces the availability of a $500 scholarship to be awarded for the fall semester of the year 2017 to a graduating high school senior majoring in a criminal justice of health science field. Recipients will be selected on the basis of need and academic ability as well as career goals.” Eligible applicants will live in Glacier, Toole, Liberty, Pondera, Teton, Chouteau, Cascade, Lewis & Clark or Meagher county, will have a minimum 2.5 GPA and will need to submit proof of enrollment as a full-time student in a Montana based college or university that offers a minimum AA degree in criminal justice of health science field. The application packet needs to include a letter requesting consideration as an applicant, a current high school transcript, personal resume including references, an outline of your career goals, and a statement of current college education financing. The application packet should be mailed to the address below.
Chairman of Scholarship Committee for MCA
Montana Coroners’ Association
P.O. Box 595
Lewistown, MT 59457
“The David Strong Memorial Scholarship is dedicated in memory of David Strong, who with his son Bridger, was tragically killed in a vehicle accident in 2011. At the time of his death, David was the Career and Technical Education Director for the Helena School District. David was a tremendous advocate for developing technical education programs in the Helena schools and for developing the Access to Success program. David was a person making a difference in lives of many young adults. His contributions to career and technical education will continue on through changed lives of young adults in our community.” Eligible applicants are graduating HHS seniors with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, pursuing a career in the CTE field: auto tech, business, computer sciences, construction, culinary, drafting, early childhood, marketing, medical tech, networking, textiles, or welding. The application packet will include the checklist of CTE courses completed (3+ credits required), completed application form, official high school transcript, a personal goals essay (500-700 words), and two letters of recommendation (one academic, one work-related).
CTE Course Checklist
Copy of David Strong CTE Check List 2017
This is a $500.00 scholarship for a junior in high school who has participated in the Big Sky State Games. Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation and an essay describing how they have demonstrated the following characteristics in their life: 1.) Trustworthiness 2.) Respect 3.) Caring 4.) Responsibility 5.) Fairness 6.) Citizenship.
“This Live Mas Scholarship is not based on your grades or how well you play sports. No essays, no test scores, no right or wrong answers. We’re looking for the next generation of innovators, creators and dreamers – whose post-high school education we will help fund. The Taco Bell Foundation will award (a total of ) $1 million to 100 young adults in 2017. Create and submit a video (2 minutes or less in length) that tells us the story of your life’s passion. It could be a short film, animation or just a simple testimonial. This is not about how well you can make a film – we just want you to show us your talents and explain why you should be considered for a Live Mas Scholarship. . . . Think about filming this video on your phone, computer, tablet, your school or library’s computer labor on any other MP4 video enabled camera to which you have access.”
The Eve Weaver O’Connell Memorial Foundation is seeking applicants for scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year. Applications will be reviewed for the following requirements: in the middle one-third in scholastic standing in her/her class (class rank of approximately 115-228), demonstrated financial need, good character and ability, demonstrating a desire and willingness to further his or her education in college, and demonstrated adaptability in association with other students, and applicants must be applying to an accredited Montana college. Applications can be picked up from Ms. Oliveira in the counseling office. You can talk to her or get one from the envelope in the box on the door to her office.
This is a $1,000 scholarship for current high school juniors and seniors as well as current college students. The application for this scholarship is an essay that needs to be submitted via e-mail. That e-mail also needs to include your name, the school you’re attending this year, and the school you’ll be attending next year. Essay prompt: describe three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.
Send your essay to: email@example.com
“Now accepting applications for the 2017 Blake Becker Memorial Scholarship for welding and/or machining students. To apply, send a letter of interest explaining why welding/machining is important to you, a letter of recommendation from a teacher or community member, a copy of your attendance records for senior year 2016-2017, and proof of participation in a statewide competition (if one was available to you). One senior from each high school will be chosen to receive a $500 scholarship. The application period ends May 25th and scholarship recipients, as determined by Blake’s family, will be notified the first week of June.” Application packets can be submitted via mail or e-mailed to the addresses below. Contact Julie Steab with questions at (406) 202-0170 or by e-mail.
Blake Becker Memorial Scholarship
36 Mockel Road
East Helena, MT 59635
“The Ray Hunthausen Junior Golf Foundation $1000 college scholarship was established to help high school seniors who will be continuing education beyond high school. This scholarship is not based on golf skill. The only criteria for applicants is involvement in golf in some manner, whether on a school golf team, participation in a junior golf program, work in a pro shop, or work on the grounds crew at a golf course. This scholarship is intended for use at any institution you attend to further your education beyond high school and is not restricted to a four-year college or university. The award will be applied to your tuition cost and paid directly to the institution, upon enrollment verification. Applicants are not eligible if you are a spouse, child, descendent, spouse of a descendent, or other person related to any Grantor or Trustee of the Ray Hunthausen Junior Golf Foundation.” In addition to the application form, you’ll need to include a 200 words or less written piece that summarizes your higher education objectives and why you have chosen that path. Applications need to be postmarked by the deadline date and mailed to the address below. You can print an application from this page or pick-up one from Ms. Oliveira in the counseling office. If you have questions you can call Tori at (406) 431-5512 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ray Hunthausen Junior Golf Foundation
ATTN: Tori Hunthausen
105 Sunhaven Lane
Helena, MT 59601
“Universal Athletic Services, Inc, is very proud to announce our twenty-seventh annual scholarship, made available to an outstanding male and female student athlete in Montana. . . . The two scholarships will each be in the amount of $500,00 to a male and female for one year, to be used at a Montana college or university. We want the applicants to be quality young people that have made your school proud and need additional funds to go on to college. We will not consider those students who have already earned a full athletic or scholastic scholarship. Those students with plans to enter the field of education will be given special attention as we would like to encourage outstanding people to enter the teaching and possibly coaching profession.” In addition to the criteria listed above applicants need a minimum GPA of 3.0, must have competed in at least two different varsity sports in high school, must have been a leader in their school and community, and must not have been suspended from any athletic team for rules violation. The application packet will need the application form, an official high school transcript, a personal statement discussing your experience in high school sports and your personal goals, and a list of three personal references. While letters of recommendation from your references are not required, they are strongly recommended. Your application packet should be postmarked by the deadline date and sent to the address listed below.
Universal Athletic Services, Inc.
912 N. 7th Ave
Bozeman, MT 59715
Applicants for this $1,000 scholarship will need to write an essay that is between 500 and 1,000 words. Essay Prompt: “Describe your educational, career, and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.” Essays should be submitted to the following address: email@example.com
“The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. In order to do our part we are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in.” The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post-secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community. The application for this $500 scholarship consists of a 500-1,000 word essay that addresses these questions:
How did your participation in sports during your high school years influence you?
Has your participation influenced your career goals?
Has your participation influenced how you related to your family?
Your essay should be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to include your name and school name with your essay.
One scholarship is awarded to a college/university student each year. The scholarship is awarded to the student who submits the best overall essay. The essay must be between 500 and 1,000 words and must fully answer one of three questions. In addition to the essay, applicants will also need to submit proof of academic status (transcript) and be either currently attending or planning to attend an accredited institution of higher education. For more information on the essay questions and submission details check-out the website.
“The Council of Higher Degrees of the Loyal Order of Moose and the Women of the Moose are now making available a scholarship in the amount of $1,000. It is our wish that this scholarship goes to a student who is attending a Montana High School. We hope this will enable someone to be able to further his or her education that may otherwise be unable to do so. . . The students who apply need not have any affiliation to a Moose member, but must show financial need. This is probably the most important part of the scholarship application.” Eligible applicants must be planning to attend a college/university of Montana and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to 3.3. (applicants with higher GPAs will not be considered)
521 4th Ave S. Apt. 208
Glasgow, MT 59230
“The Khan Law Firm believes firmly in the importance of education. That’s why they have decided to award a generous $1000 scholarship to a student of their choosing. Scholarship applications are currently being accepted…” Applicants must either be currently enrolled or accepted to a university in the US, must provide an official high school transcript or a copy of their acceptance letter in order to verify enrollment, and applicants must write an essay explaining their plans for their education.
“At Summit Disability Law Group we understand how valuable an education is to creating a good life for yourself.. . . . Getting an education in a college setting is difficult enough. Adding a disability on top of it can make it seem impossible. This is why Summit Disability Law Group chooses to help disabled students overcome their challenge and rise to the occasion. A generous $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one student for use towards their college costs.” In order to be eligible for this scholarship applicants must be currently enrolled in or be planning to attend a college or university in the United States, have a cumulative GPA 3.5 or higher, and have a documented disability. The application is online and includes a 500-word essay explaining how your disability affects you in the education setting, a transcript, contact information for an academic reference who can speak about how your disability affects you in the education setting, a copy of your acceptance letter, and contact information for the academic institution’s financial aid office.
“Write a brief essay (500-1000 words) about what you’re bringing with you to college and explain the significance. Then submit your essay along with a few pictures for bonus points.” This is a $500 scholarship for graduating seniors planning to attend an accredited college or university in the fall of 2017. Here’s how the company describes the scholarship: “We love our hometown and want to find out what you’re bringing from home to college with you. It could be a physical object, a like your favorite sweatshirt, or a lesson your soccer coach taught you; whatever you’re ‘carrying’ to college, share the significance with us and explain the sentimental value and story behind it.”
Ten $1,000 scholarships will be awarded (drawn) next fall at the Log Jam Banquet at Flathead County Fairgrounds. Applicants must be Montana residents and planning on enrolling in a trade school, college or university in Montana. In addition to using the scholarship within a year, applicants must write a letter describing their immediate relationship to the timber industry. (loggers, log truck drivers, chip truck drivers, mill workers, etc)