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.

New Scholarships- In order by Date


    • 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.

BigSun Scholarship- Athletes

The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. We are offering and annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in or what their capacity in that sport is.

Amount of Award: $500.00

Deadline: June 19th, 2024


Prickly Pear Sportsmen’s Association Scholarship

Student involved in extracurricular, community and or shooting sports. Must be a senior of graduating class of 2023. This scholarship will be rewarded to two successful candidates for $500.

Fill out application thoroughly.


Applicable for Helena and surrounding area Students

Deadline: April 5th 2024

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program

Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to be able to continue with our scholarship program for the 17th year.

We will be awarding up to $1,000 to the winner(s) each year


Deadline: June 7th 2024

Reach Higher Montana

Have a curated list of scholarships for state & local scholarships for Montana students. Senior Send-Off Scholarships are open to MT high school seniors.

Award: Varies

Due date: Varies

Providial Medical Scholarship

We are excited to award the “Probo Medical Scholarship” to decrease the burden of educational costs for those pursuing degrees in the medical field. We hope to play a small part in helping students achieve their educational goals with a $500 scholarship.

To apply for the scholarship, you must submit an original essay of up to 1,500 words that describes how you want to make healthcare more accessible and affordable, and why doing so is important to you and the world. Since that’s our goal with everything we do, we want for you to begin thinking about your impact.

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee made up of principles and employees of Probo Medical. The decision of the panel will be based on originality, research, creativity, and quality of the essay submitted. Any student planning for a medical or veterinary career is especially encouraged to enter, however, students on any career path are also welcome to apply.

NOTE: Probo Medical purchased Providian Medical in 2019 and renamed the Providian Medical Scholarship to the Probo Medical Scholarship.


  • Must be enrolled at an accredited high school, college or university in the United States
  • Must be either in your final year of high school or enrolled at the undergraduate level in “good standing”
  • Must be age 16 or older
  • Must be attending a U.S.-based institution
  • Must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (or equivalent)
  • Entries must be submitted by June 21st

Deadline: June 21st 2024


MTCC Youth Serve Montana Scholarships

Students who have completed 50 hours are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship, and students who have completed 100 hours are eligible for a $1,500 scholarship.


Deadline: TBD



U.S. Air force- ROTC Scholarships- Multiple



Society Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation

SME Education Foundation has awarded $18 million to over 5,000 students since 2005. Graduating high school seniors as well as students pursuing two-year, four-year or graduate degrees in manufacturing or engineering are eligible to apply for scholarships. In the past two years, the Foundation awarded a record number of scholarships to women and minorities as part of a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative.

Application accepted Nov 1- Feb. 1, 2024

HACER National Scholarship

The McDonald’s HACER® National Scholarship Program offers scholarships to up to 30 outstanding Hispanic students from all over the country. Funds are aimed to help recipients finance their college tuition, and there are three tiers. Tier 1 recipients are awarded up to $100,000. Tier 2 recipients receive $20,000 or $10,000 and Tier 3 recipients receive $5,000. Recipients are selected based on their academic achievement, community involvement, personal statement and financial need. To date, more than $33 million in McDonald’s HACER® National Scholarships have been awarded to Hispanic students across the country.

Application will open in Fall of 2023

American Chemical Society Scholars Program

The ACS Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships to undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups in the chemical sciences, majoring in chemistry-related disciplines, and intending to pursue chemistry-related careers. Selected recipients are awarded up to $5,000* per academic year. To date, over 3,500 students have received funding from the ACS Scholars Program.

Deadline: TBD


Angel Fund Scholarship

DO NOT Miss this scholarship

3 HHS Students awarded last year Totaling 6,000$

The Angel Fund will grant multiple $1,000 to $4,000 post-secondary scholarships to graduating seniors at Access to Success, Capital High School, Helena High School, East Helena High School and PAL to help defray tuition expenses at a Montana college or university freshman year. The scholarship will be awarded to deserving seniors based on financial need, academic success and a commitment to give back to their community. Second year scholarships, may be available based on a renewal request emailed to by May of 2024 along with student’s first year transcript and an updated personal statement.


Application opens February 2024

Horatio Alger Association

The following criteria applies to all programs below:

  • High school senior
  • Critical financial need ($55,000 or less adjusted gross income per family is required)
  • Integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • United States citizenship

Visit website for Multiples Scholarships

Montana Community Foundation

Highly encouraged to Apply

We hope you’re dreaming big and we hope those dreams include great things for Montana. For the 2023-2024 academic year, the Montana Community Foundation awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to deserving Montana students, thanks to the generous scholarship funds established by our donors.

Qualifications vary widely resulting in scholarship eligibility for a diverse range of students. For most scholarships, students can begin applying online on January 1. Scholarship awards generally range between $500 and $5,000, some of which are renewable for multiple years.


Applications opens January 1, 2024

David Strong Memorial Scholarship

David Strong was an amazing person whose contributions to education and the community were invaluable during his life. He was an administrator who always had an upbeat attitude and was always working to help students achieve their dream or provide them with a second chance. His love and dedication to career and technical education was apparent every day and he worked tirelessly to promote and improve those offerings to students across the state. He was a difference maker who changed many individual lives while he was with us and his work will continue to change lives long after he is gone.


Deadline: TBD

Opportunity Bank Scholarship

Opportunity Bank of Montana will make up to four scholarships available each year in the amount of $750-$1500 to Helena College students with financial need. The Opportunity Bank of Montana scholarships will be offered every year until further notice.

  1. For graduating high school students who receive a diploma while a resident of Lewis
    and Clark, Jefferson, Broadwater, Gallatin or Silver Bow Counties in Montana;
  2. Academic integrity and maintain a 3.0 grade-point average.

Eric Burtchett Memorial Scholarship Fund

In Today’s world, many students face pressure to pursue traditional degrees rather than trade school, despite the many opportunities in the trades. students interested in hands-on service careers, such as welding, electrical engineering, or plumbing, need to be encouraged to attend trade school and refine their skills.


Deadline: TBD

**Montana residents only

Recurring Scholarships/Rolling Deadlines: 

Girls & Boys State

At American Legion Boys State and American Legion Girls State, young men and women are exposed to the rights, privileges, duties, and responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by elected and appointed officials duly placed in office by citizens of their respective Boys State and Girls State delegations. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, and recreational programs. Through the Montana Boys State program, each Boys Stater and Girls Stater can earn one of several scholarships offered.


Boys and Girls State Application

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Dr Louis Hampers Scholarship for Medical Students

Dr. Louis Hampers is a practicing pediatrician in Colorado.  He wants to help the next generation of medical doctors in the United States, and would like to give back through the “Dr Louis Hampers Scholarship for Medical Students”. This scholarship is available for students in the United States who are currently enrolled in a university or high school students who have plans to attend a university.  The scholarship is meant to help a deserving student with scholarship funding who wishes to become a medical doctor.

Here is some brief information about our scholarship:

  • Award of $1,000 to a Single Student
  • Deadline for this scholarship is  TBD
  • A winner will be announced by TBD



College Board Big Future Scholarships

There are no essay, minimum GPA, test score, or citizenship requirements. It’s easy to enter scholarship drawings each month. Simply complete one of the steps before the deadline, and you’ll be automatically entered to win $500 and $40,000! Students whose families earn less than $60,000 a year have extra chances at scholarships because they’re eligible two entries each drawing.

Deadline: Deadlines  updated quarterly. Please visit site

Treasure Scholarship- MSU

MSU is excited to offer first-generation Montana freshman students the treasure scholarship. this award recognizes first-generation Montana students and is valued at $1,500 per year/renewable for up to four years. Must apply at MSU and accepted to be eligable.


American Indian College Fund Scholarships

The American Indian College Fund supports Native communities through scholarships for Native students and program funding for Tribal Colleges. Each scholarship will have its own requirements for the application process. Please use their website for more information and to apply online.

Deadlines: Rolling deadlines. Check their webpage for details.

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.

Treasure Scholarship- Montana State University

As your students continue to navigate the college search process, we wanted to let you know of an exciting opportunity for first-generation Montana Students wanting to attend Montana State University. MSU is excited to offer first-generation Montana freshman students the Treasure Scholarship. This award recognizes first-generation Montana students and is valued at $1,500 per year/renewable for up to four years. As Montana’s land-grant institution, we believe it’s critical to support our Montana resident students as they take this important step in their education, especially those who are the first in their families to do so. Going to college as a first-generation student can mean a big change for students, their families and communities. This award is Montana State’s way of showing we are committed to helping students achieve their educational goals and continuing to make a difference for the future of our great state.






  • 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 



The Grizzly Promise initiative is funded through a combination of scholarships, grants, waivers and other financial aid packaged together specifically for Montana students who attend UM. The Grizzly Promise initiative is only available to in-state Montana students whose families have incomes of less than $50,000 annually. Students who receive support through the Grizzly Promise initiative can renew their financial support each year while they attend UM, for up to four years, as long as they maintain a full 12-credit course load.

How to Apply:

  1. Apply for admission to the University of Montana as a four-year degree-seeking student. This does not include Missoula College.
  2. Complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA, using UM’s code: 002536. (Review UM’s Top Five Tips For Filling out the FAFSA).