Scholarship List

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. 
Letter of Recommendation Information Sheet

Need helping organizing your scholarship applications?  Try using this checklist or create a similar one for your own use.

Need help with the FAFSA?  Text FAFSAHELP to 41411.

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  • Deadline Details: Applications accepted year-round with cycle deadlines on September 30, December 31, March 31, June 30
  • Award: $2,500
  • How To Apply: Online Application
  • Online Application

To apply for the OppU Achievers Scholarship, submit a short essay responding to the prompted question. Scholarship decisions are based solely on an applicant’s essay response.Winners for the OppU Achievers Scholarship are selected four times a year, with submission deadlines on September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30.

To be eligible for the OppU Achievers Scholarship, a student must:

  • Be enrolled full time in high school or at least part time in college, graduate, professional, or trade school.
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

How to Apply: Students submit a short essay through the portal on the scholarship page.


  • Deadline: November 1, 2018
  • Deadline Details: UM deadline is 11/01/18, varies for other Montana schools
  • Online Application
  • STEP 1: Create an account by visiting, click on “I’m a Student” and follow the instructions.
  • STEP 2: Click on the scholarships tab to see what achievements colleges and universities are willing to award.
  • STEP 3: Add your achievements from high school to your portfolio.
  • STEP 4: Search for the colleges you’re interested in and follow them.
  • STEP 5: See how much you’ve earned in micro-scholarships from universities!


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  • Deadline: November 12, 2018
  • Deadline Details: The application period is September 1 to October 26, 2015 (8:00 p.m. EDT).
  • How To Apply: Online Application
  • Online Application

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is  available for women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. The scholarship encourages the women to pursue their passions.

Aspirations in Computing  is a talent development pipeline initiative of the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) that is designed to increase women’s meaningful participation in computing careers.


Any U.S. high school woman in grades 9 through 12 is eligible to apply, if she also meets both of the following criteria:

  • Attends a high school in the U.S. or is a U.S. citizen attending a high school in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or on a U.S. military base.
  • Has a U.S. Tax Identification or Social Security Number.

How to Apply:

For applying the scholarship, the candidates must first register themselves through the given link:

Each Affiliate Award winner will receive recognition at an award event, an engraved award for both her and her school, scholarship and internship opportunities, access to a peer network of technical young women in the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community. Each National Award winner will also receives $500 in cash from NCWIT.

Application Deadline:

The application period is September 1 to October 26, 2015 (8:00 p.m. EDT).


  • Deadline: November 30, 2018
  • Deadline Details: Student applications must be submitted electronically by November 30, 2018 at 3 PM MST
  • Award: Covers tuition, but not fees
  • How To Apply: Online Application
  • Online Application

The Presidential Scholarships are Montana State University’s most distinguished academic awards, recognizing scholastic achievement, demonstrated leadership and unique personal qualities. Scholarship recipients receive annual tuition waivers, a generous stipend and other unique incentives for each of four years. Recent Presidential Scholars have gone on to receive such renowned awards as the Goldwater, Truman, Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell scholarships. As Ambassadors of the university, they reflect its highest ideals through demonstrated leadership and public service, and are in the process of leaving a unique fingerprint on their world.

a.You must first apply and be admitted to MSU. You will need your Student I.D. number to proceed with the Presidential Scholarship application process.
b. The application is fully on-line.
c. Student applications must be submitted electronically by November 30, 2018 at 3 PM MST.
d. The on-line submission deadline for counselor verification and letters of recommendation is December 10, 2018 at 3 pm MST.
e. Applicants will be notified by email when the counselor and/or recommenders have submitted their materials. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their counselor and recommenders have submitted their recommendations/counselor verification by December 10, 2018 at 3 PM MST.


Using Fall 2017/Spring 2018 tuition costs, the four-year value of a Presidential Scholarship exceeds $44,000 for Montana residents and $112,000 for non-residents. The Provost Scholarship exceeds $32,000 for Montana residents and $100,000 for non-residents. Both scholarships cover tuition, but not fees. The Presidential Scholarship includes a $4,000 stipend (shown in the value above), which is first applied to fees, including room and board. Any remaining amount after such fees have been deducted will be returned to the student as a cash award. The Provost Scholarship includes a $1,000 stipend (shown in the value above), which is first applied to fees, including room and board. Any remaining amount after such fees have been deducted will be returned to the student as a cash award. Please note that our university has a freshman housing requirement.


The Presidential Leadership Scholarship is the University of Montana’s premier freshman scholarship. Presidential Scholars are chosen solely on academic merit with scholarships being renewable for a total of four years. Approximately 25 PLS awards are made each year to incoming freshman.

Resident students receive a full tuition waiver. Non-resident students either have their tuition discounted through the WUE program or they receive a waiver equivalent to in-state tuition (currently $4,373). All PLS recipients also receive a stipend of $7,500 for the Gold Level or $5,000 for the Silver Level.


Generally, PLS applicants are expected to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and
  • An ACT composite score of 27, or
  • An SAT composite score of 1800 (if taken before 2016), or
  • An SAT composite score of 1270 (if taken in 2016 or later)

Application Procedure:

Applications are available through the Davidson Honors College.

How to Apply: DHC Application Forms completed and submitted to the Davidson Honors College by December 2 will be considered for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship. After that date, DHC applicants are not eligible for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship, but they will be considered for admission to the Davidson Honors College on a rolling basis throughout the spring semester.


  • Deadline: December 1, 2018
  • Award: $1,000
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We’re giving away a $1,000  scholarship to a Montana high school senior who completes the FAFSA by December 1 and shows us their #FAFSAface. To enter, take a selfie and mark, write or sticker #FAFSAface on it. Share the photo on our Reach Higher Montana Facebook or Instagram and tag #FAFSAface in the caption or comments.

Finalists will be chosen starting Dec. 2 and a winner will be announced on Dec. 10, 2018.


  • Deadline: December 11, 2018
  • Award: Full scholarships to American high school students to live and study in Germany for one academic year
  • How To Apply: Online Application
  • Online Application


  • A U.S. citizen
  • Between the ages 15 and 18 1/2 on August 1 of the year before the program will begin
  • A current high school student at the time of application, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Additional criteria detailed in the application

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Apply online


The MT-WANTO scholarship is targeted to women entering non-traditional construction careers.  Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and be accepted into 1) a registered apprenticeship program; 2) college non-trad construction program, or 3) be employed in a non-traditional construction occupation.  Non-traditional construction occupations include carpentry, heavy equipment operators, mechanics, welders, ironworkers, bricklayers, stonemasons, electricians, painters, plumbers, laborers, cement masons, insulation workers, roofers, HVAC technician, surveyor, architect,  etc.

To apply for the scholarship visit

  • Download the application and complete and sign
  • Provide at least two references
  • Provide at least on letter of recommendation (ex: exmployer, instructor)
  • Provide proof of enrollment in apprenticeship/education program OR proof of employment


  • Deadline: December 31, 2018
  • Award: $400
  • How To Apply: Online Application
  • Online Application

To qualify for the College Peas Standout Student Scholarship you 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.


  • Deadline: December 31, 2018
  • Deadline Details: Mail your official transcript and original essay to the below address
  • Award: $1,000
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The Wealth Wise Scholarship is open to US undergraduate and graduate students seeking a career in the finance industry.

The scholarship amount is $1,000 and will be awarded based on academic merit and submission of a short essay to be titled How the US Credit Scoring System Can Be Improved.

To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Major of study must support a career in the finance industry (e.g., finance, business, accounting, mathematics, management, and other related majors)
  • Must be a US resident
  • Must send in an official transcript
  • Must be a current or future college student (e.g., high school senior)
  • Scholarship must go to tuition purposes (will be paid directly to the university/college)
  • Complete an essay for submission (see essay guidelines below)

Please note the following deadlines:

  • Due Date: December 31, 2018
  • Announced: January 21, 2019
  • Awarded: January 31, 2019

Please adhere to the essay guidelines below:

  • Essay Topic/Title: How the US Credit Scoring System Can Be Improved. This essay will explore current issues in today’s credit landscape and various ways to offset the negative implications that affect many Americans’ ability to access capital.
  • The essay should be 500-900 words.
  • Any resources should be carefully noted and cited appropriately using the MLA format.
  • Any plagiarism or fabrication will disqualify the applicant from award disbursement.
  • The essay should be written in 12-point font, Times New Roman, double-spaced, 1-inch margins.

For more information click here.

To apply, please mail your official transcript and original essay to the following address:
Attn: Wealth Wise Scholarship
15 SE 1st Ave
Suite B
Gainesville, FL 32601


  • Deadline: January 15, 2019
  • Award: $2,000
  • How To Apply: Online Application
  • Online Application

We are offering a $2,000 scholarship to an eligible student who has been a caregiver for a senior friend or relative. One student, who will be attending college or university in the Spring of 2019, will receive $2,000 for tuition and/or books.


  • Deadline: January 15, 2019
  • Deadline Details: Opens Dec. 1, 2018
  • Award: $1,000
  • How To Apply: Online Application
  • Online Application

These $1,000 scholarships are delivered to Montana students annually.

To qualify, applicants must be:

  • Montana high school seniors.
  • Montana residents who graduated from a Montana high school and are currently attending a Montana college or university.
  • Planning on attending school at least half time (at a Montana College).
  • Maintaining a 2.5 grade point average (GPA).
  • Submitted the FAFSA for the 2019-20 academic year.

To apply: Scholarship applications are available Dec. 1 – Jan. 15 at


  • Deadline: January 18, 2019
  • Award: $500
  • How To Apply: Download the attached or pick up an application in the counseling center.
  • Download Application
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At Vigilante Electric we understand the importance and costs of a higher education.  This year, we are again pairing our Leadership Award with the Montana Electric Cooperative Association’s (MECA) Memorial Scholarship, giving deserving students the opportunity to win two $500 scholarships while filling out one application.

The VEC Leadership Award/ MECA Memorial Scholarship are given to students that not only excel in the classroom, but in their communities as well.  Judging is based on academic strength, activities in school and community, awards and honors, employment, volunteerism, community service and a personal statement.

• Applicant or parent/guardian must be a member of Vigilante Electric Cooperative.
• Past recipients of this scholarship are not eligible.
• Deadline for this scholarship is January 18, 2019

The deadline for this scholarship opportunity is January 18, 2019.  The top applications will receive our Leadership Award and the best application will be forwarded to MECA for consideration for their Memorial Scholarship. Past recipients are not eligible.



  • Deadline: January 31, 2019
  • Deadline Details: Priority Deadline December 31, FINAL deadline January 31
  • Award: $1,000
  • Online Application
$1,000 for full-time students or $500 for part-time students
  • Must be a Montana Resident (as determined by Montana Board or Regents Policy 940.1)
  • Must file a FAFSA and have an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of less than $10,000*
    • Dual Credit students are not required to file a FAFSA
  • Must be in good standing at the chosen campus
  • Must not be a Veteran receiving comprehensive training funding through Chapter 33, Chapter 22, the GI Bill or Vocational Rehabilitation where scholarship funds would simply replace federal funding already supporting the student. (this will be verified with the Financial Aid Office)
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits in a qualifying program at a participating institution
The following programs/institutions qualify

Priority Deadline December 31
FINAL deadline January 31


  • Deadline: February 1, 2019
  • Deadline Details: Applications accepted November 1, 2018 – February 1. 2019
  • How To Apply: Pick up application in counseling center or print attached PDF
  • Download Application
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The Montana Woman Foundation is designed to aid with the success of Montana women of all ages. It is the goal of the Foundation to encourage these women to then give back to their communities by helping fellow Montana women in need, no matter their social, economic or cultural differences. The Foundation promotes positive feedback and a circle of giving.


  • Applicant must be a female Montana resident for the past three years
  • Education to be funded by the scholarship must be obtained in the state of Montana

 See the counseling office for additional information and the application.


The Helena Girls Softball Association (HGSA) established the Bonnie Sue Heller Memorial High School Senior Grant Fund for the benefit of High School Senior girls who have participated in HGSA for a minimum of two seasons.

All High School Senior girls who have participated in the HGSA program for at least two (2) seasons. Participation in Rookies, Minors, Majors, or Seniors is considered for eligibility. Primarily, the Grant Committee is interested in those girls who made HGSA a part of their lives season after season.

Grant information and application packages are available on the HGSA website at All grant applications are to be completed and sent to “Bonnie Sue Heller Memorial High School Senior Grant” in care of the HGSA by February 15th.


  • Deadline: February 15, 2019
  • Deadline Details: Application is required to be submitted to the Counseling/Career Center at Helena High on or before Friday, February 15, 2019.
  • Award: $1,000
  • How To Apply: Download the attached application or pick up a paper copy in the career center
  • Download Application
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This scholarship is being offered in memory of Joseph Michael “Joey” McKeon who graduated from Helena High School in June 2009 and who died as a result of an automobile accident Sunday, November 22, 2009.  Joey was an avid swimmer, swimming competitively for the Helena Lions Swim Team and the Helena High Bengals from 1995 through his senior year 2009.

Joey was dedicated to his sport of swimming and compassionate and helpful to all his fellow swimmers.  Joey established a legacy in the Helena swimming community and was a leader throughout his four years on the Helena High Bengals swim team.

It is with this same spirit of giving, that his family offers this scholarship to a deserving Helena

High School or Capital High School student athlete and graduate who swam competitively for at least two years for the Helena High Bengals or Capital High Bruins.


The scholarship is offered to a graduating senior who has swam competitively, for at least two years, for the Helena High Bengals or Capital High Bruins swim teams and has a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.  Applicant may not have been awarded a full athletic or academic scholarship to a university, college, or technical school.


The application, an essay, 2 letters of reference, and a current high school transcript it required.

For additional information or the application click here. Paper applications can also be picked up in the counseling center.


  • Deadline: March 15, 2019
  • Deadline Details: Applications must be received no later than March 15, 2019.
  • How To Apply: Download and submit the attached PDF
  • Download Application
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In 2019 the State Golf Association will be awarding up to $5,000 in scholarship funds to both graduating boys or graduating girls.

This scholarship is to be awarded to a graduating senior who has been involved with golf. This involvement may include participation on a high school team or in a junior program and need not be presently participating. This scholarship is NOT based on golf skill. Students and parents should read the entire document
thoroughly and be sure to complete all areas of the application. If the space provided on the application for responses is inadequate, please feel free to use additional paper. Please title the paper to correspond with the response. Please note: Your application will not be considered unless you have completed all the requirements listed below. More than one scholarship is usually awarded.

The student must:

1) Have an MSGA Membership. Since the MSGA awards these scholarships, only applicants with an established MSGA Handicap Index will be considered (aka MSGA Membership). This handicap index is free to all Junior players (under 18).
2) Be entering their Freshman year of College/University.
3) Be a resident of Montana.
4) Submit an official copy of their High School Transcript. Include official transcript of high school grades. Class Ranking, GPA, ACT &/or SAT test score questions must be answered and verified by school official.
5) Submit a recent photo of yourself.
6) Enclose two (2) sealed appraisal forms. See SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANT
APPRAISAL pages 10 & 11. The Appraiser should not be your relative; however, we realize that some will be related to the Golf appraiser. Please no letters of recommendations.

For additional information and application click here or download the attachment.


  • Deadline: March 23, 2019
  • Deadline Details: Additional deadlines have been added
  • Award: See website
  • How To Apply: Online Application
  • Online Application

MSU is committed to shaping and supporting the educational experience of recent Montana high school graduates who want to play an active and deliberate role in advancing their futures. The MSU Hilleman Scholars Program is by invitation only. Hilleman Scholars should be eager to build something better for themselves and their communities through service to others.

Only Montana residents and 2018 high school graduates who have submitted an application for enrollment at MSU will be considered. Applications for the program are due no later than Friday, March 23rd. Applications must be submitted online unless an alternative format is requested in advance from the MSU Hilleman Scholars Program at (406) 994-3434.


Hilleman Scholar Program invitations are based upon:

  • Montana residency.
  • Graduation from a Montana high school in 2018.
  • Pell eligibility.

Hilleman Scholars Program selection is based upon:

  • Your academic, leadership, and career potential, as demonstrated in your essay and letter of reference.
  • Commitment to actively participate in the Summer Success Academy (tentative dates are July 16 – August 24, 2018).
  • Commitment to graduate from MSU in four years.
  • Commitment to fully comply with all Hilleman Scholars Program requirements (including adhering to the MSU Academic Success & Career Plan during all four years of enrollment).
  • Geographic representation in Montana.

Additional information can be found at


  • Deadline: April 2, 2019
  • Deadline Details: Deadline for the return of the application to the Foundation Selection Committee, 2234 Gold Rush, Helena, MT 59601, is “on or before” April 2nd of the applicant’s high school graduation year.
  • Award: $1,000
  • How To Apply: Fill out the attached PDF or pick up an application in the counseling center.
  • Download Application
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The Gates of the Mountains Foundation is a non-profit corporation established in 1973 to preserve the heritage of the 1805 Lewis and Clark expedition. Through a balance of preservation, education and recreation, the Foundation strives to safeguard the Gates of the Mountains region for generations to come.
The Gates of the Mountains Foundation will award a $1,000.00 scholarship for two consecutive years to the successful Applicant.

This award is limited to an undergraduate student that will be enrolled in an accredited public or private Montana college, university, technical or trade school.

  • To be eligible, an applicant must be a graduating high school student from the Helena Public School system or a Helena student having received his/her GED and not over 21 years of age.


  • Deadline: April 15, 2019
  • Deadline Details: All submissions must be emailed or postmarked on or before April 15, 2019.
  • Award: $1,000
  • Download Application
  • Online Application

Black Mountain Software will be awarding two $1,000.00 scholarships to graduating seniors in Montana. Any Montana high school senior graduating in 2019 may apply if he or she will be attending an accredited institution of higher education. These accredited institutions include trade schools, technical schools, colleges or universities. The applicant’s field of study may be any field that they want to pursue.

Applications and essays may be submitted electronically or mailed to Black Mountain Software.

The attached PDF contains the application and essay instructions.


  • Deadline: May 24, 2019
  • Award: $1,000
  • How To Apply: Your submissions must be sent to us by email at
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This Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post secondary institution.
There is no age restriction

  • Be sure to include your name and the school you are attending this year and next
  • This is not an academic scholarship but we would like to know where you are going to school now and what your future academic plans are.

To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay of less than 1000 words on the topic below:

Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most.  Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual. 

Your submissions must be sent to us by email at


  • Deadline: June 19, 2019
  • Award: $500
  • How To Apply: All essay submissions should be sent to: "athleticawards at"
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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 19, 2019

Amount of Award  – $500.00

The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community.

Please send us a short essay (500 – 1,000 words) answering the following questions:

  • How did your participation in sports during your high school years influence you?
  • Has your participation influenced your career goals?
  • Has your participation influenced how you relate to your family?