Scholarship Tips and Opportunities

Campuses offer many scholarships to incoming freshmen, transfer students, and students in specific programs of study. Check out your institution’s website or get in touch with the financial aid office. Apply early for scholarships offered by the college you plan to attend.

Here are just a few of the scholarships available through the Montana University System Colleges and Universities:

  • MUS Honor Scholarship: The MUS Honor Scholarship is a four-year renewable scholarship, which waives the recipient’s tuition when used at an eligible campus. Its average value at a 4-year Montana campus is $5,000 a year or $20,000 for four years.
  • Montana’s STEM Scholarship: Montana’s STEM Scholarship Program is designed to provide an incentive for Montana high school students to prepare for, enter into, and complete degrees in postsecondary fields related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and healthcare.

Check out all the Scholarships and Tuition Waivers the Montana University System has to offer.

newly listed scholarships:

Coca-Cola National Scholarship

The 2023 Coca-Cola Scholarship is open to US residents who will graduate during the 2022-23 academic year and who intend to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. college or university. The deadline to apply is 5 P.M Eastern on Monday, October 31, 2022.

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student

The Elks National Foundation is proud to announce the start of the 2023 Elks Most Valuable Student scholarship contest. The MVS scholarship is available to high school seniors who are United States citizens. Applications do not need to be related to a member of the Elks.  The judging criteria is based on academics, leadership, service, and financial need.

The application is completed online and must be summitted by the November 14, 2002, deadline. The 500 national winners will be announced in April 2023. The top 20 national finalists participate in the Leadership Weekend and interview for the top awards, ranging from $20,000 to $50,000. The remaining 480 runners-up receive $4,000 scholarships.

MVS scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours) at a U.S. college or university next year.

Soroptimist of Helena Professional Technical Award

This award is open to any woman who:
Resides in the tri-county area of Lewis & Clark, Broadwater, and Jefferson counties.
Is enrolled or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or 2-year degree program.
Is motivated to achieve your education and career goals.
Has NOT previously been the recipient of a Professional-Technical Award.
Does NOT have a graduate degree 6. Is not a Soroptimist member or immediate family member.

Due by November 15, 2022

Stick with Stickers

High school students have a chance to win one of six $500 scholarships, and additional prizes by posting a picture of one of our stickers to Instagram or Facebook and tagging us. This opportunity is open to all Montana high school students, all grades. Stickers will be mailed out to all high school counseling departments.

Opens: November 1
Due by: November 30

Stay Tuned!

Pride Foundation Scholarships

The Pride Foundation Scholarship program supports students who: Show leadership potential either within the LGBTQ+ community or within their field of study; Lack a broader LGBTQ+ community support system; Face additional barriers to educational access, including students who are economically, racially, socially, geographically, or politically disenfranchised; Demonstrate significant financial need.

Due: January 7, 2023

Montana Jaycee Foundation

Montana Jaycee Foundation Scholarship is $1,000.  Applicants can be in any field of study and at any accredited post-secondary institution.  Open to graduating Montana High School Seniors. Selection based on community involvement, leadership roles, academics, honors received, employment.

Due: January 13, 2002

Soroptimist Margaret Chivers Scholarship

Margaret Chivers Scholarship is open to graduating high school senior girls in the greater Helena area. To qualify, applicants must plan on attending an in-state four-year college or university. The scholarship will be disbursed to the institution in two payments – $1,500 freshman year and
$1,500 sophomore year.

Due: January 15, 2023

Montana Wildlife Federation – Phil Tawney Scholarship

Awarded each year to Montana college students with an academic major in a field related to conservation, who exhibit a commitment to general public hunting ethics and fair chase, and who support values to perpetuate the sport of the hunt through efforts to conserve habitat and wildlife.

Montana Wildlife Federation – Phil Tawney Scholarship is $1,000 and will be awarded to a full time student at an accredited college or university in Montana; minimum GPA of 3.0; academic major in a field related to conservation.  Application information is available by visiting the Phil Tawney Hunters Conservation Endowment page or your college financial aid office.

Due: January 16, 2023

Soroptimists New Adventures Educational Scholarship

New Adventures Educational Scholarship is open to graduating high school senior girls in the tri-county area (Lewis & Clark, Jefferson and Broadwater). In order to qualify, applicants must plan on attending a non-traditional career program, or two year degree program.

Award: (2) $1,000 scholarships


  • Resides in the tri-county area of Lewis & Clark, Broadwater, and Jefferson counties
  • Is enrolled or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or similar non-traditional career program, or 2-year degree program
  • Is motivated to achieve your education and career goals
  • Has NOT previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist International of Helena award
  • Is not a Soroptimist member or immediate family member

Due Date: January 31, 2023

Gianforte Trade and Technology

Gianforte Trade and Technology Scholarship is $1,000 for full-time students and $500 for part-time students. Applicants must be currently enrolled as full-time or part-time students during the term applying for. Must reapply each semester. Must be a Montana resident and file a FAFSA.

Due date: February 15, 2023


Montana Odd Fellows/Rebekah Scholarship

Applicants MUST include A synopsis of your future plans; A paragraph about your family  including specific mention of membership with either the Odd Fellows or Rebekahs; A statement of why you are applying for the scholarship, including financial need; A photo of yourself; Three Letters of Recommendation; Information about offices held in High School, extracurricular activities, honors and awards, hobby and activities outside of school, and home obligations; A stamped self addressed envelop.

Due date: March 10, 2023

Joan and Wesley Buffington Trust

Eligible applicants will be required to provide the following:

  • The applicant must provide proof of Montana citizenship.
  • The applicant must provide current (within the last 12 months) documentation from a licensed Ophthalmologist or Optometrist testifying to the applicant’s condition as a legally blind, totally blind or visually impaired individual.
  • For these purposes, the Trust recognizes the World Health Organization classifications of these terms: Visually Impaired: having a best corrected visual acuity of 20/60 or worse in the better eye; Legally Blind: having a best corrected visual acuity of 20/200 or worse in the better eye or a visual field of less than 20 degrees.
  • The applicant must demonstrate the intention to pursue educational courses at an accredited college or university or qualified vocational training programs. The applicant is encouraged to provide additional information regarding the specific programs that he/she will pursue and past scholastic records.
  • A Statement of Need is required as part of the application; applicant may provide evidence of financial need for consideration.

Due: April 15, 2023

Recurring Scholarships/Rolling Deadlines: 

Hopa Mountain Scholars of Promise Programs

What is Hopa Mountain? Hopa Mountain is a Bozeman-based nonprofit organization that invests in rural and tribal citizen leaders, adults and youth, who are improving education, ecological health, and economic development.

What are Hopa Mountain’s Scholars of Promise Programs? Hopa Mountain offers three distinct Scholars of Promise college prep programs that provide high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with training, mentoring, and support services to help them prepare to apply to and succeed at the colleges/universities of their choice.

  • If you are a Native American high school student, enrolled or descendant, with a 3.0 GPA or above, you are invited to apply to Indigenous Scholars of Promise.
  • If you are a high school student in Montana who has a GPA of 2.5 or above and are interested in earning a health related degree, you are invited to apply to Hopa Mountain’s Health Scholars of Promise
  • The Scholars of Promise program is designed for students in foster care, kinship care, or homeless.

Each program helps to support each scholar through their college graduation.

Benefits of being a Scholar of Promise include: 

  • Visits to college and university campuses.
  • Training and coaching meetings.
  • Assistance with university essays, application/testing fees, and scholarship applications.
  • Mentor and peer support throughout college along with assistance for emergency needs during COVID-19.
  • Recognition through participation in the Scholars of Promise program.

What is the primary goal of these programs? The goal of Scholars of Promise is to increase the number of students who are recruited to, retained at and graduate from institutions of higher education in order to realize their personal and professional goals.

For more information or to access the applications, please visit or call 406-586-2455


Award: $400

College Peas Student Standout College Scholarship is for the student who has something special that makes them different from their peers.  We recommend engaging in a special kind of activity ~ Non-Teenager Activity.  An NTA is, quite simply, any activity that other teenagers don’t typically do. By choosing an NTA you will differentiate yourself in a way that will have a very positive impact on your chances of getting into college.


  • 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 standout from your peers. The essay should be no longer than 100 words.

The application deadline has not been set for this round and, therefore, no award date is currently set. You may still apply, however.


    • Deadline Details: 20th of each month
    • Award: $500

Online Application

This is a $500 scholarship that is awarded monthly.  We at LA Tutors are passionate about sparking the creative genius in students and would love to commend those outstanding students who have a made a difference in the lives of others in some innovative or technological fashion.

Applicants must upload an essay, letter of recommendation, and photo of yourself all at once before submitting the application. All of the following documents must be included:

  • Essay – The essay should describe the goal of the particular project and provide the link to access the content such as the blog, app, etc. (if applicable). Word or PDF format only.
  • Letter of Recommendation – The letter should evaluate the quality of the work. Word or PDF format only.
  • Your Photo – The photo should be one taken during project execution. JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF format only.


  • Must currently be enrolled as a high school or college/university student within the United States or Canada.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (or the equivalent).
  • Must be a citizen of, permanent resident of, or hold a valid student visa in the United States or Canada.
  • Must have designed an innovative project that makes a difference in the lives of others (This could be a website, series of blogs, an app, fundraising event, etc.)
  • Must submit an essay describing the goal of the particular project and provide supporting documentation.
  • The essay, idea, or creation must be the applicant’s original work.
  • All submissions must be uploaded no later than 11:59 pm PST on the 20th of each month. The submission window closes starting the 21st and will reopen on the 1st at 8:00 a.m.
  • Scholarship winners will be contacted via email and must respond within five(5) days of the date of the email to accept the award. If no response is received within this time, another recipient will be selected.




  • Must attend a university or plan to attend a university (a four-year or a two-year college) 
  • Must be a US Citizen 
  • Must be at least 16 years old