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
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“The OppU Achievers Scholarship celebrates students who transform opportunity into results. It rewards achievement in its many forms and honors those who create opportunity for both themselves and others. Founded in 2016, the scholarship provides $2,500 for current or future education costs. Scholarship selections are made four times a year. (December 31, March 31, June 30) Annually, the OppU Achievers Scholarship awards a total of $10,000 to students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement.” This scholarship is for current high school and college students, and all applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
This scholarship is from a company called P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle and You) and is offered to reward graduating seniors who are working to help animals in need. To apply for this scholarship you will need to submit a 500-1,000 word essay that explains how your volunteer work has changed your life or affected your beliefs on animal welfare. Your essay should also contain 2-3 pictures of your volunteer work. The essay should be submitted as a Word document via e-mail. For specific submission details, look at their website.
This scholarship is for graduating high school seniors and current post-secondary students in a trade school, community college, or university. Graduating high school students must be accepted to attend a post-secondary institution for the next school year. All applicants must have participated in at least one of the creative problem solving programs that Destination Imagination has sponsored, as a team member and/or in a volunteer capacity, and should be actively continuing their involvement in Destination Imagination in some capacity, either as a team member or as a volunteer. Check-out their website for application details: http://didisc.org/scholarshipshome
The Montana Community Foundation oversees many charitable funds that include many scholarship funds for students in Montana. The scholarships generally range between $500 and $5,000, some of which are renewable for multiple years. The application system is similar to that of the Common App; some information you will only have to fill out once, while specific scholarships may require more details and materials. Most of the scholarships have a deadline date of March 1st, but be sure to look carefully in case one of the ones you qualify for have an earlier date. www.mtcf.org/applications
AWS offers scholarship funds that, once awarded, are payable directly to the school to which you have been accepted. It will cover the cost of tuition, books, supplies and related institutional costs.
For additional information and to apply online visit https://www.aws.org/about/page/district-scholarships
Scholarship applicant must be a senior attending Capital, Helena, Butte, Anaconda, Great Falls, CM Russell, Belgrade or Bozeman High Schools. Applicant must intend on majoring in the area of Business, Marketing or Computer Science and attend a college within the state of Montana.
The top two applicants will be chosen and may participate in an interview with the sponsor of the scholarship Loren Davis.
Pick up an application from the Counseling Center.
The Montana Key Club District Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Kiwanis Foundation of Montana, is designed to provide recognition and financial assistance to Key club members who have excelled in their high school careers. It is designed for Key Club members who have achieved academic excellence, demonstrated leadership abilities, and provided service to others. Financial need is not a factor in this award.
The applicant must be a registered member of a registered Key Club within the Montana District, be a college bound graduating high school senior, have a GPA of a B or higher (3.0 on a 4.0 scale), have at least 100 service hours over their high school career, and agree to participate in a Circle K Club at their chosen college, or if there is not one at the school, be involved in community service in other ways.
A number of scholarships will be awarded, and this application applies to all Montana District scholarships. The scholarship application can be found at www.mtkeyclub.org and http://www.mtkiwanis.org/#!montana-district-foundation/c4zw.
Kiwanis International offers a number of scholarships each year, and application and deadline information on their scholarships can be found at http://www.keyclub.org/contestsawards.aspx.
The Job Service Employers Committee (J.S.E.C.) Mike Bullock Scholarship offers an award of $500.00 to high school seniors (including PAL and Home Schooling) from Helena, Boulder, Townsend and White Sulpher Springs wanting to further their education through a course of study post-high school level. Mike was a teacher in Helena that worked with young adults that had to overcome adversity in completing high school. Training is not limited to traditional college or university course work and can include any trade or technical school. The scholarship is based on overcoming adversity, but at a minimum, the student must be maintaining a 2.5 GPA. The application requires a resume that covers paid and volunteer work experience, an essay, school transcript, and 2 references. Additionally, the prior year scholarship winner will be eligible for a second year of assistance when they show proof that they are enrolled for the next year of post-high school education. An application may be picked up in the Counseling Center or online at http://dli.mt.gov/news/47.
The Angel Fund will grant one or more $1000 post-secondary scholarships to graduating seniors at Access to Success, Capital High School, 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. This scholarship is for Montana postsecondary colleges/universities.
The completed application is due Friday, March 9, 2018 and should be submitted to the Counseling Center at your high school. Be sure to include the following items with your application:
For additional information and the application visit angelfundhelena.org.
A $2,400 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior girl from a high school in the Helena area who will be attending a 4-year college or university in the state of Montana. The applicant will be judged on leadership skills, student and community activities, financial need, academic promise and personal recommendations. Applicants must complete the application form and provide letters of recommendation from three adults—two from teachers, administrators, or counselors and one from an adult not related to the applicant or involved with the school. There is also a required essay, and you will need your counselor to verify your academic standing. Application packets should be received by the deadline date and sent to the following address:
Soroptimist International of Helena
Scholarships and Awards
PO Box 1216
Helena, MT 59624
These scholarships of varying amounts are awarded “to the daughters of career commissioned officers of the United States armed services…. Selection is based on both merit and financial need. The application process includes an essay, a secondary school report, a letter of recommendation from a member of the applicant’s community, and a Student Aid Report (SAR). For more information and to see if you qualify, visit their website.
Fifty $7000.00 scholarships will be awarded. Funded through the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, the eligible schools have agreed to provide an additional $5000.00
award so that the total grant amount will equal $12,000.00 to be disbursed over the student’s college career. Eligible schools are: U of M Missoula, Missoula College, Helena College, Montana Tech at Butte, U of M Western, MSU Bozeman, MSU Billings, MSU Northern, and Great Falls College MSU. Criteria includes: be enrolled full time as a high school senior in Montana progressing normally toward graduation in spring of 2015 and entering college no later than the fall following high school graduation; exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree; demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required); be involved in co-curricular and community service activities; display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity; maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0; be a resident of the State of Montana; be a United States citizen. Online application available at
The MUS Honor Scholarship is a 4-year renewable scholarship that waives the recipient’s tuition when used at an eligible campus. The value varies depending upon which campus the student attends (the average value at a 4-year Montana campus is $4,000 a year or $16,000 for four years). Note that the scholarship does not cover mandatory or class fees. Up to 200 scholarships are awarded annually (contingent upon funding of the program).
*2018 graduate from an accredited MT high school
*Have been enrolled full-time at an accredited MT high school for at least 3 years prior to graduation (including senior year)
*Cumulative GPA of at least 3.4 at the end of the 7th semester
*Must be on track to meet the Rigorous Core Standards
*Must take the ACT or SAT by December 31st of student’s senior year
*Must be a U.S. citizen and a MT resident
*Must be accepted by an eligible campus
For application instructions, information on how the scholarships are awarded, and scholarship retention requirements visit the MUS website and look at the attached document. http://www.mus.edu/Prepare/Pay/Scholarships/
High school seniors will be competing for one of nine scholarships worth $2,500 each. This scholarship award is renewable for the same amount for an additional three years, based on maintaining the renewal requirements.
Students must plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or vocational school.
For additional information and to apply visit https://learnmore.scholarsapply.org/farmersstatebank/. The application deadline is March 15. For details or questions, you can email email@example.com or you can call 800-537-4180 and reference the Farmers State Bank Scholarship Program.
This $1,000 scholarship is for a graduating Montana senior who will be attending a post-secondary institution in the state of Montana. The application will require a transcript as well as verification by a school official of GPA and class rank. You will also need to list work experience, extracurricular activities, and respond to a few short answer questions. Applications need to be received by the deadline date and sent to the address listed below. Applications may be picked up in the counseling office.
Paulette DeHart, Treasurer/Clerk and Recorder
Lewis and Clark County
316 N. Park Ave. – Room #168
Helena, Montana 59623
This scholarship is for students whose parents are either retired Marine or current Marine and who have maintained a “C” average or better. There are funds available that can help college bound and non-college bound students, as well as student entering a trade school or other qualified training upon high school graduation. The application process begins January 1, 2018 and has a deadline of March 31, 2018. For more information please go to http://www.mcsf.org.
Kids’ Chance believes that we can make a significant difference in the lives of all children affected by a workplace injury by helping them pursue and achieve their educational goals. This scholarship is for students whose parent has been killed or injured at work.
Submit an application and essay responses and mail to:
Kids Chance of Montana
P.O. Box 7224 Helena, Montana 59604 or
Email to: info@kidschanceof montana.org
For additional information visit http://www.kidschanceofmontana.org/scholarships/
The Big Sky Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) is offering two scholarships funded through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund to two deserving area students. One scholarship worth $1000 will be awarded to one deserving area student attending a Montana community college, technical or a vocational school. The school must be licensed, accredited or state approved. The second scholarship worth $2000 will be awarded to a student attending a Montana college or university that offers a baccalaureate degree.
Each year, local chapters of ABWA provide Stephen Bufton Memorial Scholarships (SBMEF) to female students who will be attending accredited U.S. colleges, universities and community/vocational schools. Applicants must be citizens of the United States; residents of Lewis & Clark County, Broadwater County or Jefferson County in Montana who will be at least a college freshman in August 2018 with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Eligible women interested in applying for the scholarship should contact:
American Business Women’s Association, Big Sky Chapter
4373 N. Montana Ave, Helena MT 59602
Applications must be completed by March 31, 2018 at www.sbmef.org. A minimum of three (3) eligible completed applications are required in order for the scholarship to be awarded. For additional information see the Counseling and Career Department.
The Cyndi Forbes Memorial Scholarship Fund is available 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.
Pick up an application from the Counseling Center.
“The American Fire Sprinkler Association is a non-profit, international association representing merit shop fire sprinkler contractors, dedicated to the educational advancement of its members and promotion of the use of automatic sprinkler systems.” This $2,000 scholarship is for graduating high school seniors who are American citizens planning on attending a college/university or certified trade school in the fall of 2018. This is not a need-based scholarship; 10 names will be drawn from the pool of entrants. Interested applicants should read the information on fire sprinklers and then take a short quiz on the information. For each correct answer, an applicant’s name will be added to the pool.
The Lewis and Clark Retired Educators Association $500 scholarship is for high school seniors. You must complete an application and submit it by April 1, 2018.
Come to the counseling center to pick up an application.
$500 Scholarship Requirements:
Pick up an application in the Counseling Center.
Helena Engineers Club will award two $1,000 scholarships. High School Seniors are eligible if they enroll by September 1st, 2018, in an ENGINEERING PROGRAM at an accredited engineering college, such as MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY, MONTANA TECH, CARROLL COLLEGE, or any other accredited engineering college.
To be eligible for this scholarship, an applicant must:
Lewis & Clark County Broadwater County
Jefferson County Powell County
Please contact your Guidance Counselor for further information and the application.
The Montana Food Distributors Association is awarding 3 scholarships this year. Applicants are encouraged to be associated with the food industry through either employment or family relationships within the industry. The committee uses 8 criteria to judge each application and the students with the top three scores win the scholarships. The 8 criteria are: age (graduating high school seniors receive the highest rating), home (MT residents receive the highest rating), high school (MT high school graduates receive the highest rating), GPA, intended college (students attending a MT college will score higher than those attending out of state schools), financial need (the greater the need the higher the score), student’s/parent’s workplace (those employed at a MFDA member business score higher), and sponsor’s work place (a student with a sponsor employed by a MFDA member business will score higher). Interested students can print an application packet from the HHS scholarship webpage or can pick-up a packet in the counseling office
This is a $1,000 scholarship for a student who has a permanent disability. Applicants must plan to attend a Montana college or technical school and be enrolled for at least 12 semester credits in the 2018-19 school year. Financial need will be considered. Application requires a narrative of how the scholarship will help meet personal and educational goals. Application forms are available in the Counseling/Career Center.
Black Mountain Software is offering scholarships to graduating Montana high school seniors who will be attending an accredited institution of higher education, regardless of their field of study. These accredited institutions include trade schools, technical schools, and colleges or universities. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded and paid directly to the schools where each winner will be attending. Applications may be submitted electronically via e-mail or postmarked by the deadline date. (Please note that April 15th is a Sunday in 2018. This means that if you’re mailing your application it needs to be postmarked by April 14th.)
Black Mountain Software
ATTN: Scholarship Application Committee
145 Southlake Crest, Suite 1
Polson, MT 59860
“It is with great pleasure that Last Chance Audubon Society (LCAS) announces the availability of up to two ($1000) scholarships per year for qualified and interested high school seniors who are applying to a college or university to pursue a course of study consistent with National Audubon Society’s goals and interests, and the LCAS mission. LCAS MISSION STATEMENT: “Last Chance Audubon Society promotes understanding,
respect and enjoyment of birds and the natural world through education, habitat protection and environmental advocacy”.
The application file is a pdf file. Please open the pdf file and copy the application into a word document. After completing the word document, attach the file to an email and send it to the email address listed in the application guidelines. If there are any questions, you/students should feel free to contact: Janice Miller at 439-5762, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Sumner Sharpe at 443-6536, email@example.com.” http://lastchanceaudubon.org/
The Eve Weaver O’Connell Memorial Foundation is seeking applicants for scholarships for the 2018/2019 school year. This scholarship is to be used for Montana Colleges.
The scholarship committee will review the applications for the following requirements:
For more information and applications visit www.csascholars.org/oconnell
For the second year running, CollegeMouse.com is pleased to announce its $1,500 scholarship.
The scholarship is open to current college students and high school seniors who have been accepted to attend a U.S. college or university. The scholarship can be applied to tuition and other related college expenses.
The deadline for receiving applications is April 30, 2018.
In addition, CollegeMouse.com maintains a scholarship database that currently has over 200 other scholarships, worth over $150 million in funding.
To apply for the College Mouse $1,500 scholarship, go here – https://www.collegemouse.com/degreefinders-scholarship/.
Qualifications and criteria for all applicants:
Only students who have been awarded a scholarship will receive notification. Scholarship recipients will be acknowledged at a Scholarship Recognition Day on April 30th, 2018; they will be asked to perform one of their musical selections. All scholarships are provided as cash awards in the form of a check issued to the student at the Scholarship Recognition Day. Questions regarding the scholarship process can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gates of the Mountains Foundations is awarding a $1,000 scholarship for two consecutive years to a successful applicant. This scholarship is limited to an undergraduate student that will be enrolled in an accredited public or private Montana college, university, technical or trade school. The 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. The scholarship will be graded on financial need, defined goals, along with scholastic achievements, school and extracurricular activities, character and leadership. Applications can be picked up in the Counseling/Career Center.
At Rover, we’re passionate about helping people achieve their educational goals. We’re offering a scholarship for $2500 and it’s free to enter. The student will need to write an essay about how technology makes them feel and the role it plays in their life. You must be a U.S. resident, a graduating high school senior, and GPA must be 3.0 or above. For further information and rules for entry visit: https://www.rover.com/college-scholarship/
MTSNA offers THREE $500 scholarships for anyone furthering their education in the field of nutrition.
Please include the following:
For additional information and the application visit http://www.mtsna.org/scholarships.html.
The Big Sky State Games has teamed up with the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition and Kenco Security and Technology to recognize the importance of sportsmanship and character in Montana student athletes. CHARACTER COUNTS! is a nonprofit organization striving to improve the character of today’s youth. It is based on common ethical values that transcend political, religious, socio-economic, and cultural differences. Called the “Six Pillars of Character,” these values are: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Character Counts! Scholarship is sponsored by Kenco Security and Technology.
Over the past twelve years, the Big Sky State Games has awarded the Character Counts! Scholarship to outstanding Montana female and male student-citizen-athletes involved in the Big Sky State Games. The scholarship can be used for any secondary education after high school. This includes trade schools and community colleges.
Only high school juniors during the 2017-2018 school year are eligible for this scholarship. This is to ensure that fellow students can observe the scholarship winners during their senior year and to recognize the traits the students show. You can download the application or complete an online application below. It will also be available at all Montana High Schools Guidance Counselor offices.
Additional information and the scholarship application can be found at https://bigskygames.org/events/character_counts.php
This annual event encourages teens to write about their experience with cancer for the opportunity to win one of several $500 cash prizes.
The goal of the Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest is to open a dialogue with teens about the emotions they have felt when dealing with cancer. Teens from grades 9-12 are asked to share their stories about cancer in personal essays of 500 – 2,000 words. Essays can be about their own experience of a personal diagnosis or about their experience with the diagnosis of a loved one, a schoolmate, or friend. The contest deadline is May 14, 2018.
For questions contact Liz Lange at 206-709-1400 or email@example.com.
This is a $1,000 scholarship for current high school juniors and seniors as well as current college students. The application for this scholarship is an essay that needs to be submitted via e-mail. That e-mail also needs to include your name, the school you’re attending this year, and the school you’ll be attending next year. Essay prompt: describe 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.
Send your essay to: firstname.lastname@example.org
At HireInfluence, an influencer marketing agency, our content marketing strategies help brands reach their target markets through authentic social media endorsement.
Exploring new avenues of communication and advertising has brought us to where we are today – serving the largest brands in the world, such as Warner Bros, Gatorade, Microsoft, eBay and more. We thrive on the constant evolution of the digital space and realize that future trends will emerge from tomorrow’s leaders and young entrepreneurs.
HireInfluence supports and aims to foster the skills necessary to help launch the aspirations and desired career path of up and coming business leaders and technical innovators. One of the ways we show support is through our $500 Entrepreneur Scholarship.
We believe in supporting passionate, hardworking, and talented college students and to support budding entrepreneurs, future leaders, and all students, we are offering a $500 Entrepreneur annual Scholarship. The scholarship amount is $500 awarded towards College Tuition/Expenses.
For additional information visit: https://hireinfluence.com/scholarship/
MSU-Northern is excited to announce the new Scholar Program. This program is for in-state new first-year students who hold at least a 3.5 GPA and 20 ACT. As a part of the scholar program, each student will receive a tuition scholarship of either $500 or $1000 per year, renewable for up to four years as well as priority registration for their classes each semester. Priority registration for their classes each semester. Priority deadline for the scholar program is February 2nd, and the final deadline is May 31st.
Applications and more information is located at: www.msun.edu/finaid/scholarships/.
Applicants for this $1,000 scholarship (high school juniors and seniors and current college students) will need to write an essay that is between 500 and 1,000 words. Essay Prompt: “Describe your educational, career, and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.” Essays should be submitted to the following address: email@example.com
“The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. In order to do our part 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.” 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. The application for this $500 scholarship consists of a 500-1,000 word essay that addresses these 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 related to your family?
Your essay should be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to include your name and school name with your essay.
MattressHelp.org is pleased to announce our annual Sleep Health Scholarship. We created this scholarship to spread awareness about sleep as a public health issue and help students cut down the rising costs of higher education.
Each student who is awarded our scholarship will be given $1,000 towards their university or college fees. The scholarship is awarded once every academic year and is open to all students in the United States who meet the eligibility criteria.
Please submit your scholarship application to our contact AT mattresshelp DOT org email address.
To apply, please create a short video (no longer than 5 minutes) that answers the following:
For additional information visit https://mattresshelp.org/scholarship/.
The consulting firm of AES Engineers is committed to continuing its support of higher education by providing scholarships to deserving students. This award is available to all students, regardless of their field of study.
To be eligible the student needs to answer one of the essay questions that they will find on our site at http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm
We are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluating the essays that are submitted.
Amount of award: $500.00
Deadline for entry: October 6, 2018
Further information, including previous winners, is available on our web site at: http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm