*****Juniors and Seniors: Do you want to learn about scholarships and begin applying for some over the summer? Reach Higher Montana is hosting a “Summer of Scholarships” to apply for scholarships, write essays, request references, and get ideas on volunteering. You can pick-up more information in the counseling office, or you can check-out Reach Higher Montana’s Facebook page or contact Marti Johnson at 422-1275 ext 802.
Need helping organizing your scholarship applications? Try using this checklist or create a similar one for your own use.
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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)
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 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 email@example.com
Ray Hunthausen Junior Golf Foundation
ATTN: Tori Hunthausen
105 Sunhaven Lane
Helena, MT 59601
“The Pittsburgh DUI attorneys at the Worgul Law Firm are proud to be announcing an exciting scholarship opportunity in the amount of $10,000 to help a deserving student accomplish educational goals.” Eligible applicants should be accepted to or currently enrolled in an accredited college/university, be a US citizen or permanent resident, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have demonstrated outstanding service to the community, high initiative to further your education, and strong academic performance. The application requires the application form, transcript, letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff member, and an essay between 300-500 words.
“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
“We are pleased to announce the Mapes Law Offices Scholarship. The key to success in life is that you never stop learning. No matter where you are, who you are, or what you do it is by developing a thirst for knowledge that you will be successful. While some of the best knowledge you will ever obtain is not dispensed inside of a classroom, some of it is, and I want to help you get that knowledge without getting in debt. I know what it is like to grow up in a financially strapped household. I know that the stress and anxiety of the parent is also felt by the children. . . . This scholarship is meant to help those students who have experienced first-hand the pressure of debt. Maybe your parents lost a job, maybe they filed bankruptcy, maybe you had to move when your home was foreclosed upon – whatever your experience was I want you to tell me about it. I want to know how it shaped you, and how it has affected your plans for college.” This $1,000 scholarship application can be submitted via e-mail or regular mail. The application submission must include your full name, e-mail address, phone number, mailing address, and a minimum 500-word essay explaining how the pressure of debt has affected you.
Mapes Law Offices
25 Pearl St NW Suite 305
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
This $500 scholarship is for students who will be college freshmen in 2017-2018. The only application requirement is to write an essay on one of the topics listed below, save it as a PDF, and submit it by e-mail before midnight on the deadline date.
What is something you’ve done in the past that made a difference in your community?
How will your college education contribute to society?
What’s the most positive thing that this generation will be remembered for?
How can you exhibit leadership without being in an official leadership position?
What impact would this scholarship have on your education?
“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: email@example.com
Be sure to include your name and school name with your essay.
“The Hylan Family Scholarship seeks to assist students pursuing further education who are passionate about the way they communicate with other people in the world and wish to make it a better place. We hope that this scholarship can assist a worthy student in their prospective field(s) and allow them to contribute to society in a positive way. In order to be eligible for this scholarship award, the applicant must be attending college in the fall of 2017 semester or quarter. Applicants can be high school seniors or current college students. The winner must provide documentation verifying that they will be a student for fall 2017 and provide proof that they will be furthering their education at an accredited community college, online college, or university. Winners of this scholarship must be willing to provide a photo of them with the scholarship award to Dr. Brad Hylan’s office for future promotion of the Hylan Family Scholarship. The winning applicant of the Hylan Family Scholarship will be awarded $2,500. Applicants are judged on the quality of the essay submitted.” Your essay should be submitted online and address the following prompt: Pick an experience from your life and explain how it has influenced your educational and personal development.
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)
“Emotional Support Animal Co. focuses on helping individuals turn their beloved pet into an emotional support animal. It is important for us to help you feel comfortable and to us that means having an emotional support animal by your side. We are happy to announce that we are going to be awarding a $500 scholarship to young adults suffering from any form of mental illness. The scholarship will go towards any type of educational expenses incurred. Applicants must be attending school, whether it be a junior college, trade college, or university. If you are qualified, and interested in applying, simply write an essay on the topic: ‘how an emotional support animal has helped you or someone you know.’” The application for this scholarship is online and requires your contact information and the essay.