Scholarship Tips and Opportunities

This page has resources for students to compare schools in Montana, organize scholarship applications, find help with the FAFSA, look up scholarships, and more.

Keep scrolling to the bottom of the page to see a list of scholarship opportunities and application requirements, with links to where to apply. Scholarships are organized with newly listed opportunities at the top, and then by month according to the deadline after that.

Letter of Recommendation

Do you need a letter of recommendation for your scholarship or college admissions applications?

If so, you can fill out this document and give it to your letter writers to help them include information they may not already know about you.

Need help organizing your application materials?

Try using this checklist or create a similar one for your own use.

Need help with the FAFSA?

Need help with the FAFSA?

Text FAFSAHELP to 41411.

If you have any questions about the scholarship application process, please reach out to Ms. Rausch.

Ms. Abby Rausch, College & Career Counselor

Scholarships marked with *** are newly added.

Scholarships are sorted by deadline, month by month. The last section is scholarships that do not have a set deadline yet, accept applications on a rolling basis year round, or are monthly opportunities.

arausch@helenaschools.org

406-324-2225

newly listed scholarships:

Scholarships will be listed here as they become available, but many scholarships open during the fall and winter and close in March and April. If the list looks a little sparse right now, keep checking back! Please note that the scholarship list is not updated regularly throughout the summer, so some deadlines may have already passed. 

June, July, and August deadlines:

ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: July 31, 2021

AWARD: one $1000 scholarship

As a part of our mission to help those struggling with addiction heal and build a brighter future, the Liberty Ranch is offering the Addiction & Mental Health Scholarship 2021, a $1000 scholarship geared towards individuals who have struggled with mental health challenges, have been impacted by substance abuse or intend to work to in mental health-related fields to destigmatize mental illness and addiction.

Addiction & Mental Health Scholarship 2021 Eligibility:

A) The Addiction & Mental Health Scholarship 2021 is open to all students who have been impacted by mental health challenges and addiction. Individuals pursuing studies focused on destigmatizing addiction and mental illness are also invited to apply.
B) The scholarship is open to high school seniors, undergraduate, and post-graduate level students enrolled or accepted at an accredited college or university.
C) Winners of the scholarship must consent to being featured online as awarded scholarship winner.
D) Awarded funds must be spent on college tuition, room/board, or other education related expenses.

How to apply:

A) Applicants should apply through the following form.
B) The Addiction & Mental Health Scholarship 2021 applicants must submit a 500 word personal essay detailing why they should receive the scholarship and how they plan to use their studies to destigmatize mental health, addiction, and/or serve their community. Personal essays should include a description of applicant’s current or intended plan of study.
C) Students selected to receive the scholarship will be required to submit documentation demonstrating their enrollment at an accredited college, university or associate program for Fall 2021 prior to receiving the award.

BOTTAR LEONE SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: July 1, 2021

AWARD: 2 $2500 Scholarships

Transitioning from high school to college can be overwhelming for any student. Having represented injured children for more than three decades – many of whom have lifetime special needs – the medical malpractice and personal injury lawyers of Bottar Law, PLLC know, first-hand, that the transition for a student with a physical or learning disability is often more difficult.

In the collegiate environment, a student with a physical or learning disability must make a number of difficult and complicated decisions, including whether to e.g., disclose the specifics of his/her disability, request special accommodations in the classroom, or request other types of campus assistance. In addition, paying for college can provide different challenges, as students with physical or learning disabilities may need to purchase special equipment or hire private tutors to facilitate their collegiate learning experience. Typically, students with disabilities do not receive special financial aid consideration from the federal government.

Through the Bottar Law, PLLC Scholarship, we hope to reduce barriers to education for students with physical or learning disabilities by providing additional financial security as they pursue their studies in college.

Deadlines:
Applications for the Bottar Law, PLLC Scholarship should be postmarked no later than July 1st for the Fall semester, and December 1st for the Spring semester.
Please mail completed applications to: Bottar Law, PLLC, ATTN: Scholarship, 1600 AXA Tower II, 120 Madison Street, Syracuse, NY 13202.

Applicant Eligibility:
The Bottar Law, PLLC Scholarship is offered nationwide to United States citizens that meet the following criteria:

A) High school graduate;
B) In academic “good standing” with a high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.0+ on a 4-point scale (or equivalent);
C) Enrolled full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year university or community college in the United States;
D) Documented physical or learning disability (students with ADD/ADHD alone are not eligible); and
E) Demonstrated financial need.

Submission Requirements:
Applicants must submit their name, address, date of birth, telephone number, and email address, together with the following:

A) Unofficial copy of high school transcript;
B) Verification of physical or learning disability;
C) Evidence of enrollment;
D) Evidence of financial need; and
E) Essay.

Essay Topics:
Please choose one (1) of the questions below and write an essay of 500-1,500 words.

A) How has your physical or learning disability changed your plan for your career and the future?
B) A physical or learning disability can require extra effort to manage or overcome in the classroom setting. Describe how you have learned to balance your special needs with your social, recreational and/or athletic interests/commitments.
C) What do you feel is the biggest challenge that individuals with physical or learning disabilities face? How do you believe this challenge can be overcome?
D) What would this scholarship mean to you?

STAND UP TO DISTRACTED DRIVING SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: July 1, 2021

AWARD: 5 $2000 scholarships

Distracted driving, including due to texting and other cell phone use, is a serious issue that leads to hundreds of thousands of accidents and injuries in the United States each year. The problem is especially prominent among teen and young adult drivers, and teens are also at a greater risk of being the victim of a distracted driving accident.

At Kanoski Bresney, we want to support students who do their part to fight the problem of distracted driving. Through the Kanoski Bresney Stand Up to Distracted Driving Scholarship program, we are offering five scholarships, in the amount of $2,000 each, to students throughout the U.S. who are pursuing higher education at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

You are eligible for the Kanoski Bresney Stand Up to Distracted Driving Scholarship if the following are true:

A) You are a high school senior who will be starting your college or university education in Fall 2021 or You are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited U.S. college or university, and your education will continue through at least the Fall 2021 semester.

B) You have a current overall GPA of at least 3.0.

AGMA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: July 1, 2021

AWARD: 8 $5000 Scholarships available

The AGMA Foundation Scholarship Program is open to students who are interested in a career in the gear industry, and/or power transmission as it relates to the gear industry. Applicants must be currently enrolled, or recently accepted, as a full or part-time student in a nationally accredited program. Annual scholarships are awarded to students at the Technical/Associate, Undergraduate, and Graduate school levels. Preference is given to applicants with current or recent experience working in the gear and/or power transmission industry.

Scholarship funds are paid directly to the educational institution and may be used for tuition, room and board, textbooks and materials. Scholarships are awarded in August of each year, and paid in two installments –half in September of that year, and the second in March of the following year.

The scholarship levels, renewal policies, and award amounts are:

1) Technical School/Associate Degree students are eligible for a scholarship award of up to $2,500. Many students are attending school part-time – students should apply for the funding needed for classes in that academic year. The scholarship is renewable in additional years, for a maximum aggregate of $7,500 in funding at this level. Scholarship renewal is not automatic, applicants MUST submit a full and timely application in order to be considered for additional scholarship awards. Scholarships awarded at the Technical School/Associate Degree level do not disqualify a student from applying for scholarship(s) at higher levels, and do not count towards the maximum funding aggregate at higher levels.

2) Undergraduate students are eligible for $5,000 scholarship awards. The scholarship is renewable for a maximum of three additional years, for a maximum aggregate of $20,000 in funding at this level. Previous AGMA Foundation scholarships awarded as a Technical/Associate degree student do not count towards the $20,000 undergraduate level aggregate. Scholarship renewal is not automatic, applicants MUST submit a full and timely application in order to be considered for additional scholarships.

Evaluation Criteria

1. Grade Point Average – must be 3.0 or higher for Undergraduate and Graduate students, and 2.0 or higher for Technical/Associate Degree students

2. Internship, Co-op, Work, Community, Volunteer and Other Extracurricular Activities

3. Work experience in the gear and/or power transmission industry

4. Two Letters of Recommendation

5. Honors, Awards and Other Recognitions of the Student’s Work and Leadership Skills

6. Personal Statement Regarding Proposed Program and Study, Career Goals, & Financial Need

GEOSCIENCE IDEA SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: June 30, 2021

AWARD: one $5000 scholarship

The Geoscience Inclusion, Diversity, Equality, and Accessibility (IDEA) Scholarship program encourages women from under-served communities to pursue an education and career in the Geosciences, or Earth Sciences. Many research studies show the Geosciences are the least diverse community in all STEM fields. This Scholarship aims to counteract this and enhance diversity within the Geosciences.

Geoscience, herein is defined as: the academic or educational study of Geology, Geophysics, Geodynamics, Geochemistry, Geobiology, Geoarchaeology, Geoinformatics, Geomorphology, Historical Geology, Hydrogeology, Economic/Mining Geology and Energy Resources, Engineering Geology, Environmental Geology, Mineralogy, Paleontology, Planetary Geology, Petrology, Structural Geology/Seismology, Stratigraphy, Soil and Soil Development Processes, Volcanology, or Geoscience Education/Educator. Other areas of study may include Oceanography, Meteorology, and/or Climatology.

The scholarship provides up to $5000 (USD) in awards, annually, typically split between two or more undergraduate students, and matches them with AWG mentors to enhance their careers. It also includes a one-year, sponsored, AWG student membership. Students will have the opportunity to develop close relationships with their mentors, contacting them to discuss ideas, obtain advice or guidance for a variety of Geoscience career paths. Any applicant may request an AWG mentor, even if she is not awarded the scholarship. Applicants who are not selected for the award may still be selected to receive a one-year sponsored AWG student membership.

SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be a female, or female-identifying person, a high school senior or undergraduate-level student who:

A) Identifies as Black, Indigenous, LatinX, or another traditionally marginalized ethnic group.

B) Is enrolling, or already enrolled, in an accredited, post-secondary, or higher education, institution in the United States.

C) Has declared Geoscience or Earth Science as a major of study. (NOTE: This scholarship does not support students in STEM programs outside of the Geosciences. Please see the description above for more information on qualifying majors.)

High school seniors: If you are selected as a scholarship recipient, the funds will not be released until the Scholarship Committee receives proof of your enrollment at your chosen accredited institution. This may be in the form of a letter from an academic advisor, a registered course schedule, or other form of proof from the Institution.

Past recipients of this Geoscience Scholarship may reapply for continuing support during each of their educational years. The continued need for support and an update on academic progress, as a result of receiving this Scholarship from the prior year must be addressed in the application.

Learn more and apply:

NAVIGATE YOUR FUTURE SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: June 25, 2021

AWARD: one $2500 award

The Navigate Your Future Scholarship is offered to a high school graduate continuing his or her education in the aviation industry. By making scholarships available, NATF’s goal is to foster and promote careers in the general aviation industry.

Applicants of the Navigate Your Future Scholarship must be:

A) Be a senior in high school planning a career in the general aviation field

B) Be enrolled or accepted into an aviation-related program at an accredited college or university

C) Submit the letter of acceptance from the college or university

D) Be able to demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in general aviation

The Navigate Your Future Scholarship, in the amount of $2,500, is to be used for one year of full-time undergraduate study. One award will be granted each year.

 

STUDENTS AGAINST DRINKING AND DRIVING SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: June 15, 2021

AWARD: one $2500 award

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must: A) Be a high school student with a 3.0 GPA who has been admitted to a college or university. B) Submit an essay of 500 to 1,000 words.

WOMEN IN TRADES SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: June 15, 2021

AWARD: 5 $3000 awards

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must identify as a woman and be enrolled or will be enrolled in a full-time, post-secondary trades program and must maintain satisfactory academic standing throughout your program.

 

 

AUTOMOTIVE WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIPS

DEADLINE: June 12, 2021

AWARD: 15 $2500 awards

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

  1. A) Identify as a woman and be enrolled or will be enrolled in a full-time post-secondary automotive program.
  2. B) Have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA during a scholarship funded semester

 

BIGSUN SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: June 19, 2021

AWARD: $500

The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. 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. Their participation may be in any capacity, whether as a player, coach or official.

Women of AT&T Colorado STEM Scholarship 

DEADLINE: scholarships are due no later than June 20, 2021.  

AWARD: two $1000 scholarships will be awarded 

The Women of AT&T- Colorado is organized to connect and inspire members to achieve their personal and professional goals and to effect change in the community. 

2021 Scholarship Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Scholarship awards shall be given to females who are graduating High School in 2021 or a College Freshman as of Fall 2021 
  • Have a 3.0 GPA Minimum on a scale of 4.0 
  • Attended high school in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, or Wyoming 
  • Enrolled or planning to enroll in and pursue education one of the following areas: Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) at an accredited college, university or vocational school 

Award may be used for tuition, books, supplies and room/board expenses. 

We will notify the winning recipients via email by July 23rdAwards will be paid by check and made payable to the award winner in August. 

Questions: If you have additional questions, please email: tk640d@att.com 

VOLT LIGHTING SYSTEM SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

Deadline: June 30, 2021

Eligible applicants include students pursuing an education in a STEM program or the child of a parent currently working in the following industries:

  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution
  • Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Construction

VOLT Lighting would like to extend a scholarship opportunity to students whose educational interests are in a STEM program or, to children of parents who work in a STEM industry. VOLT relies heavily on our team’s research, design, and technical knowledge to build durable, affordable, and quality products for our customers. To acknowledge our industry and partners, we’re happy to offer this bi-annual scholarship competition.

Eligibility Requirements Are as Follows

  • Applicants must currently be applying to or enrolled in a STEM program, or be the child of a parent who currently works in a STEM industry.
  • Applicants must have earned less than $35,000 in the previous calendar year.
  • Applicants must have an active email address i.e. Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, etc.
  • Applicants must either be a part-time or full-time student in high school or college.
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 16 – 25.

Application Submission Guidelines

Before submitting your essay, please review the submission guidelines to help ensure your submission is correct.

  • Essay must be at least 800 words in length.
  • Your submission must include your full name, current GPA, your essay, your age, email address, and the name of your current high school, college or university. If you are a selected winner we will collect your mailing address at the time of notification.
  • During the week following each deadline, monitor your email address. If your submission is selected as the winner you will be notified via email and provided instructions for receiving recognition and the scholarship award funds.

Application Deadline

The scholarship is offered bi-annually from April 1 – June 30 and September 1 – December 31. There are two opportunities to apply per year with deadlines as follows:

  • June 30
  • December 31

For additional details and for essay topics visit the counseling center or https://www.helptostudy.com/volt-lighting-stem-scholarship-competition/

The Derm Review Scholarship

DEADLINE: August 31, 2021 

AWARD: $2000 

The Derm Review Educational Scholarship will be awarded to the student whose application we deem to be the most enthusiastic and inspiring. We want you to showcase your commitment to your education and training in your chosen field.

To apply for our Educational Scholarship Program, please tell us in 1000 words or less why you deserve to be awarded the Derm Review’s scholarship prize, what difference it would make to you and what you would spend it on. 

At the end of the entry, please include the following information – full name, date of birth, postal address, contact number, email, and the institution or educational provider you are enrolled at.

Applications start on April 1, 2021, and end on August 31, 2021. The lucky winner will be announced on September 14, 2021. Students can email editor@thedermreview.com to apply.

scholarships that do not have a set deadline, accept applications on a rolling basis year round, and monthly opportunities:

COLLEGE PEAS STUDENT STANDOUT

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.

Eligibility:

  • 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.

LATUTORS INNOVATION IN EDUCATION

    • 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.

Eligibility:

  • 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.

COURSE HERO ONGOING MONTHLY SCHOLARSHIP 

DEADLINES VARY BY MONTH 

ELIGIBILITY: 

  • 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