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:

Big Sky Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association Impact Scholarships

Deadline: May 15, 2022
Award: one award for $1000, one award for $2000

The Big Sky Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) is offering two scholarships funded through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF) to two deserving area students. One scholarship worth $1,000 will be awarded to one deserving area student attending a Montana Community College, technical or vocational school. The school must be licensed, accredited or state approved. The second scholarship worth $2,000 will be awarded to a student attending a Montana college or university that offers a baccalaureate degree.

Each year, local chapters of ABWA provide Stephen Bufton Memorial Scholarships (SBMEF) to female students who will be attending accredited U.S. colleges, universities and community/vocational schools. Applicants must be citizens of the United States; a resident of Lewis & Clark, Broadwater, or Jefferson County in Montana, and who will be at least a college freshman in August 2022 with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Eligible women interested in applying for the scholarship should contact Patti at the e-mail below to get further instructions for accessing the website:

Patti Nickol, Education Co-Chair
ABWA, Big Sky Chapter

Applications must be completed by May 15, 2022. A minimum of three (3) eligible completed applications are required in order for the scholarship to be awarded. The scholarship recipient(s) will be notified in July 2022.

SBMEF, ABWA’s national educational fund, is one of the most highly respected grant and scholarship funds in the country. For over 60 years, ABWA has helped women achieve their business and professional success through educational scholarships. Since its inception, more than 17,000 women nationwide have been awarded more than 17 million dollars in scholarships.

apply here

Rosalinda De La Luna Scholarship

Deadline: must be postmarked by August 1, 2022
Award: $500 minimum

The Imperial Sovereign Court of the State of Montana (ISCSM)works to educate and advocate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (LGTBQIA+) and straight allied community while promoting tolerance through the production of drag performances. The ISCSM works to eliminate the historical oppression of LGBTQIA+ individuals by creating a safe and welcoming environment through the production of events that explore multiple gender expressions in a fun and educational atmosphere.

The ISCSM is pleased to offer scholarships for the LGBTQIA+ and straight allied communities. These scholarships are to honor and promote academic excellence among present and potential students(returning students, high school graduates and GED recipients).

Each scholarship is a minimum of $500 and two will be awarded for the academic year. Students must be enrolled full time in a post-secondary institution of higher education, seeking a Certificate, Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral Program degree in the State of Montana to be eligible. Applicants must provide proof of Montana state residency.

May Deadlines:

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

download the application here


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