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.
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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.
April 7, 2021 DEADLINE EXTENDED: APRIL 26, 2021
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP: the family of Shawn Moothart, a former student at HHS, provides this $1000 scholarship to a graduating Helena High student.
ELIGIBILITY: Minimum GPA of 2.0, planning to attend a Montana post-secondary education institution under the Montana University System, must be planning for a career in a vocational or technical field.
HOW TO APPLY: pick up an application in the counseling office or download it below, and return it to Ms. Rausch in the Counseling Office by April 7 at 3PM. Recipient needs to write thank-you to Moothart family (Scott Moothart 4300 24th Ave, Missoula MT 59803) and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge #16
DEADLINE: August 31, 2021
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 email@example.com to apply.
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:
Award may be used for tuition, books, supplies and room/board expenses.
We will notify the winning recipients via email by July 23rd. Awards will be paid by check and made payable to the award winner in August.
Questions: If you have additional questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: Essays are due Friday, April 30, 2021
AWARD: first place ($200), second place ($100), third place ($50).
ELIGIBILITY: must be a Helena area high school student
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP: In honor of the inauguration of the United States’ first female vice president, LWV is excited to share this year’s theme: “Dear Madam Vice President”. High school students from Helena are encourage to write a letter sharing their stories, advice, and wishes with VP Harris. Students are asked to write letters that are no longer that 1000 words. A panel of LWV members will follow and anonymous judging protocol to review the essays and choose three winners. The winning essay will be sent to VP Harris and posted on LWV’s Facebook and website.
HOW TO APPLY: please email your submission by Friday, April 30 to Sherry Meador at email@example.com. Please include your name, grade, and the school you attend.
DEADLINE: April 30, 2021
AWARD: First ($1500), Second ($750), Third ($500)
ELIGIBILITY: Open to high school students from Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.
ABOUT THE COMPETITION: The Western Governors’ Foundation is proud to announce the 2021 Celebrate the West regional art competition that challenges high school students to create works inspired by their state.
The visual arts challenge is open to high school students in the 17 Western states and three U.S. territories whose Governors participate in the bipartisan Western Governors’ Association (WGA). Complete list of eligible states below.
Entrants will create original two-dimensional artwork inspired by their state or informed by living in the West. Students may draw ideas from a variety of sources, including state history, landmarks, natural resources, National Parks and Monuments, people, communities, and culture.
HOW TO APPLY: Students will submit a digital copy of their entry via email (WGAart@westgov.org) by April 30, 2021 (multiple entries are allowed). Entries may be scanned, a digital photo, etc. WGA staff and Denver area art experts will select “Winners” from each state and territory.
DEADLINE: APRIL 9, 2021
AMOUNT: one $1000 scholarship will be awarded at each HHS and CHS
ELIGIBILITY: You must be a college-bound graduating high school senior attending college during the fall 2021 semester. You must also have participated in at least one Helena High School or Capital High School Music Program.
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP: Follow the instructions outlined in the scholarship packet. Mail the application, CD, DVD, or USB Drive of your music selection, and letters of personal reference to the Helena Kiwanis Club. Scholarship recipients will be acknowledged at a Scholarship Recognition Day on April 26th 2021; they will be asked to perform one of their musical selections. All scholarships are provided as cash awards issued to the student at the Scholarship Recognition Day.
HOW TO APPLY: Paper scholarship applications may be obtained from the school Career Center, Music Teachers, or by contacting the Helena Kiwanis Club at 406‐442‐8657. You can also download it below.
Students must send the application to:
Helena Kiwanis Club Attn: Scholarship Committee
PO Box 4178
Helena, MT, 59604
Questions regarding the scholarship process can be directed to askjervem@bresnan
DEADLINE: APRIL 9, 2021
ELIGIBILITY: Must be a college-bound graduating high school student and a registered Key Club member
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP: Complete all sections of the application as accurately as possible. Make sure that all signatures required for eligibility are included. Only students who have been awarded a scholarship will receive a notification. All scholarships are provided as cash awards in the form of a check issued to the student. Awards are disbursed at the April 26th club meeting honoring scholarship winners.
HOW TO APPLY: Pick up a scholarship application from the Counseling Office, or download it below.
Application and attachments must be received before April 9, 2021, to:
Helena Kiwanis Club Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 4178
Helena, MT 59604
Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: must be postmarked by April 15, 2021.
AWARD: two $1000 scholarships are available.
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP: This scholarship is not based on golf skill. The only criteria for applicants is involvement in golf in some manner: a player, member of a school golf team, participation in a junior golf program, employee in a pro shop, or work on the grounds crew at a golf course.
This scholarship can be used at any institution you attend to further your education beyond high school and is not restricted to a four-year college or university. Applicants are not eligible if they are a child, descendant, or other person related to any grantor of trustee of the Ray Hunthausen Junior Golf Foundation.
Applications must be postmarked by April 15 and mailed to:
Ray Hunthausen Junior Golf Foundation
ATTN: Tori Hunthausen
105 Sunhaven Lane
Helena, MT 59601
If you have any questions, please call Tori at 406 431 5512 or email her at email@example.com
You can pick up an application in the Counseling Office or download it below!
DEADLINE: APRIL 15, 2021
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP: The Montana Sheriff’s & Peace Officers Association has two $1500 scholarships to be awarded for the fall semester of 2021 to a graduating senior who is seeking a career in local law enforcement. Recipients will be selected on the basis of need and academic ability as well as career goals.
ELIGIBILITY: high school graduate or successful GED completion. Must be able to meet basic peace officer eligibility requirements as established by Montana statute and the Montana Peace Officers Standards and Training Council.
Apply online! There is a second scholarship available to children of MSPOA members – if this applies to you, you can see that application through the same link below.
DEADLINE: APRIL 15, 2021
Dr. Walter B Doering, his wife Betty and daughter Betsey were well known around Helena for many years. Walt was an orthodontist, Betty was active in community events and Betsey, who had developmental disabilities, worked at the Village Inn Pancake House and did volunteer work at St. Peter’s Hospital. They valued education for children with disabilities as well as children who wanted to pursue a college education.
Francie Robertson, Carolyn and Chuck Doering and a committee of nieces and nephews are honoring their request to grant scholarships to Helena High School students. We are offering $5,000 scholarships for students interested in the following fields: education (especially those interested in teaching special education), nursing or other healthcare professions, music and technology.
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION CRITERIA
* Graduating senior at Helena High School
* Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above
* United States Citizen
* Desire for a career in the above fields
* Complete copy of high school transcript
* List of activities that have inspired or prepared you for your chosen profession
* A one-page essay about why you have chosen your field of education
* Two letters of recommendation from non-family members
* Verification of acceptance to a Montana university or college
Scholarship money will be deposited in your financial aid office before fall semester so your student ID number will be necessary and the address of your chosen school. If the recipient is unable to fulfill the requirements or chooses not to go on to college, the scholarship money will be returned and awarded to the next worthy applicant. Applications are available in the Counseling Center and will need to be returned to the Counseling Center by 3 PM on April 15, 2021.
DEADLINE: APRIL 15, 2021
Black Mountain Software is offering scholarships to Montana students. All interested 2021 graduating Montana high school seniors who will be attending an accredited institution of higher education, regardless of their field of study, are eligible. These accredited institutions include trade schools, technical schools, colleges, or universities.
Two Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1000.00 each. Scholarship payment will be made directly to the school that the applicant will be attending. Applications can be picked up in the counseling office.
Applications and essays may be submitted electronically or mailed to Black Mountain Software. If mailed, send to:
Black Mountain Software
ATTN: Scholarship Application Committee
145 Southlake Crest, Suite 1
Polson, MT 59860
Or, submit via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Black Mountain Software looks forward to honoring Montana high school graduates by helping to defray some of the costs of continuing their education.
DEADLINE: applications must be postmarked no later than April 16, 2021.
AWARD: ten $1000 scholarships will be awarded
ELIGIBILITY: Are you or your parents patrons or employees of Mountain View Co-op? This scholarship is for you — preference will be given to students whose parents are members or employees of the co-op. Preference will also be given to students entering agriculture related fields. Applicants must be planning on entering college or technical school as a full-time student.
Download the application below, or pick one up in the counseling office and mail it to:
Mountain View Co-op
Attn: Scholarship Committee
2200 Old Havre Highway
Black Eagle, MT 59414
DEADLINE: APRIL 23, 2021
AWARD: two $1000 scholarships
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP: This scholarship is provided in memory of Louise Elwell and Gus Leger. Gus was a longtime Helena High School teacher and former sponsor of the 3-7-77’s service organization. The scholarship will be awarded to a “worthy, industrious, and deserving young man and/or young woman who are graduates of the Helena High School, for the purpose of enabling any such young man or young woman to pursue his or her studies or develop his or her talents in any institution of higher learning”.
ELIGIBILITY: graduating senior at Helena High School.
HOW TO APPLY: please print off a copy of the scholarship application and return it to Ms Rausch in the counseling office no later than 3 pm on April 23, 2021. You can also pick up a hard copy in the Counseling Office.
DEADLINE: APRIL 16, 2021
AWARD: up to three $2000 scholarships to residents of Idaho, Montana or Wyoming.
ELIGIBILITY: open to students who are either high school graduates or equivalent (GED), and are enrolled or enrolling in a trade school, vocational program, or a 4-year school that is interested in a Public Works career.
Scholarship applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
The Scholarship Committee will verify the applicant’s status immediately prior to the awarding of the scholarship to determine if there has been any change to the applicant’s status between the date of the application and the date of the award.
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP: The purpose of the scholarship is to provide assistance to aid in the payment of tuition, books and fees for any applicant interested in the Public Works field.
DEADLINE: APRIL 15, 2021
The Last Chance Audubon Society (LCAS) is pleased to announce that up to two awards of $1000 each will be made to graduating seniors from high schools in the Helena School District. The purpose of the scholarships is to provide financial support to help selected students with their freshman-year college expenses.
Qualifications: Students who anticipate being accepted to a college or university of their choice and who have agreed to attend that institution may apply. Students who apply must have an interest in college/university studies related to habitat protection, conservation, and/or restoration of value to avian and other wildlife species.
DEADLINE: APRIL 22, 2021
The 2021 Student-View Scholarship Program is offering $13,000 worth of scholarship to high school seniors who plan to attend a four-year college, community/junior college or career school. The program includes:
It is quick and easy to apply. There is no minimum SAT/ACT score or GPA, no essay required, no lengthy application forms and no application fees. Simply log on to www.student-view.com and complete a 15–20 minute application survey about colleges in your area. (Please note: Type www.student-view.com directly into the browser and not into a search engine such as Google or Yahoo! These search engines will frequently redirect students to advertiser sites not affiliated with the authentic Student-View Scholarship.)
The scholarships will be awarded via a random drawing of all completed applications. The scholarship winner will be announced in May, 2021. The scholarship deadline is April 22, 2021. Student Insights is a market research firm helping colleges and universities communicate more effectively with high school seniors. For more information about the company, log on to www.studentinsights.com.
DEADLINE: APRIL 26, 2021
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP: Since 1868, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has been dedicated to serve our communities by holding true to our Cardinal Principle—Charity. One of our proud charitable contributions is in the form of academic scholarships. The Montana State Elks Association (M.S.E.A.) is offering Music Scholarships to instrumentalists and vocalists.
ELIGIBILITY: Scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors who are a U.S. Citizen and intends to either major or minor in music performance or education. In their essay, the applicant must inform us of his/her enrollment plans at a school of higher education.
HOW TO APPLY: to apply, you need the following items:
DEADLINE: APRIL 29, 2021
The Treacy Foundation gives scholarships to entering freshman or sophomore students who are residents of Montana with 60 or less college degree credits.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
APPLICATION DUE DATE: postmarked by April 30, 2021
The Lewis & Clark Republican women award two $1,000 one-time scholarships to a female high school senior, high school graduate or equivalent who is a resident of Lewis & Clark, Broadwater or Jefferson Counties and is either entering, currently enrolled or is returning to an institution of higher education in Montana.
HOW TO APPLY:
Complete the attached application form. Attach the letter of recommendation, the copy of your college/university acceptance letter and essay to the application form. Send your completed application to Shirley Herrin, Chair, LCRW Scholarship Committee, 703 Poplar Street, Helena, MT 59601, postmarked no later than April 30, 2021.
The selectee will be contacted by phone. Our scholarship will be awarded at the June 4, 2021 luncheon meeting of the LCRW (first Friday of the month.)
For more information contact Shirley Herrin: (406) 442-8858
APPLICATION MUST BE POSTMARKED BY MAY 1.
This scholarship is for graduating Montana High School Seniors with a GPA of 3.0 OR LESS.
ELIGIBILITY: Must have a GPA of 3.0 OR LESS. Must be attending a college, university, vocational school, business, nursing, beauty school etc. In the state of Montana.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Your application must include:
Please mail your completed application to:
Teri Welter, PP, Chair
Havre, MT 59501
Barb Scott, RA Secretary
109 Riverview 5W
Great Falls, MT 59404
DEADLINE: Friday May 7, 2021
ELIGIBILITY: must be a junior in high school and have participated in the Big Sky State Games
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP: for over twenty years the Big Sky State Games has awarded the Character Counts! Scholarship to outstanding Montana athletes involved in the Big Sky State Games. The scholarship can be used for any secondary education after high school, including trade schools and community colleges.
HOW TO APPLY: you can apply online at www.bigskygames.org or pick up an application in the counseling office.
DEADLINE: May 15, 2021
AMOUNT: one $2000 scholarship available
ELIGIBILITY: must be enrolled in a trade school, college or university for the fall semester of 2021 at the time of scholarship payment. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Must be a child of a US military active duty or veteran.
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP: The Treasure Valley Family Medicine 2021 Primary Care Scholarship is intended for Mountain West residents and recognizes outstanding children of U.S. military active duty or U.S. veterans who demonstrate thoughtful insight and solutions regarding U.S. medicine.one scholarship will be given to the student who writes the top essay on the prompt “how can we improve primary care medicine in the USA?”
HOW TO APPLY: for a full list of requirements and to apply, follow the link below
DEADLINE: MAY 15, 2021
Dr. Gabriel and Christine Chiu are active philanthropists who avidly support a variety of organizations such as: Children Mending Hearts, Cedars Sinai, the American Red Cross, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, John Wayne Cancer Institute, Children’s Action Network, GenArt, AVIVA, Project Angel Food, Center Dance Arts, Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Obesity, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Help for Orphans, the American Red Cross, P.S. Arts, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Art of Elysium, Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis, Children’s Action Network and the Music Center.
To be eligible for the Dr. Gabriel and Christine Chiu “Review It” Scholarship a student must:
This scholarship will be awarded based on the quality of the submitted movie review. For some tips about what makes a good review, please follow this link.
DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2021
AWARD: First place $1000, second and third $100
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP: There is no application form to submit. To participate, students must submit a 2-minute video essay discussing the importance of preventing distracted driving in our communities. One winner and three finalists will be selected. The winner with the most engaging video essay will receive a $1,000 scholarship. All three finalists will receive a $100 scholarship.
ELIGIBILITY: Participants must be enrolled at an accredited high school, college, or university in the U.S.A during the 2020-2021 academic school year. Students must maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (or equivalent).
HOW TO APPLY: Submissions must include: first and last name, email address, phone number, transcript (unofficial is fine) showing name of the high school and GPA. You must also fill out a signed model release. Please send your information and submission via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: June 19, 2021
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.
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:
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
Application Submission Guidelines
Before submitting your essay, please review the submission guidelines to help ensure your submission is correct.
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:
For additional details and for essay topics visit the counseling center or https://www.helptostudy.com/volt-lighting-stem-scholarship-competition/
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.
The application deadline has not been set for this round and, therefore, no award date is currently set. You may still apply, however.
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:
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