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Letter of Recommendation Information Sheet
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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 in 2009. 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 graduate point average. Applicants may not have been awarded a full athletic or academic scholarship to a university, college, or technical school.
Interested applicants can print the application information the HHS online scholarship list or pick-up an application in the counseling office. Applications should be submitted to the counseling office.
The Elks National Foundation will award 500 scholarships between $1,000 and $12,500 (renewable for four years). Eligible applicants are all high school seniors that are US citizens. Being a relative of an Elks member is not a requirement. Recipient selection will be based on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Applications will be judged starting at the local level and then, if selected, will move through the district, state and national levels. If an applicant advances through a level, applicants will be notified by e-mail. The top 20 national finalists will be invited and required to participate in The Leadership Weekend which includes an interview. Leadership Weekend is an all-expenses paid trip and will take place in Chicago from April 26th – April 29th.
Any U.S. citizen who is a college student or junior or senior in high school with a 2.5 GPA is eligible to apply for this scholarship. The application includes basic contact information as well as an essay using the following prompt: why do you believe you should be awarded this scholarship? Your essay should be 250 words or less. One scholarship is given each month so you can re-apply.
“The Presidential Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship at Montana State University, in recognition of academic excellence and demonstrated potential for leadership and service. Up to twenty such scholarships will be awarded to freshmen entering Montana State University each fall. The Presidential Scholarship includes a full tuition waiver and a generous stipend renewable for up to four years. Finalists who do not receive the Presidential Scholarship will be considered for the Provost Scholarship, which also provides a full tuition waiver renewable for four years and a stipend. Presidential and Provost Scholars automatically receive admission to the Honors College. A cumulative GPA of 3.75 and a composite score of 30 on the ACT or 2000 on the SAT (all 3 scores)/new SAT scores of 1410 (2 scores) are the expected norms for applicants. The Presidential Scholarship application for fall 2017 awards is 3:00pm MST, December 1, 2017. (Note: the application will be fully online.) Applicants need to submit their materials by the December 2nd deadline. Supportive materials (2 letters of recommendation, transcripts and the counselor verification) need to be submitted online by 3:00pm MST on December 11, 2017.
“The Presidential Leadership Scholarships are the University of Montana’s premier academic scholarships, recognizing outstanding talent, academic performance, and contribution to the community. These awards are renewable for four years, subject to satisfactory performance by the student.. . . All DHC Supplemental Application Forms completed and submitted to the Davidson Honors College by the deadline will be considered for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship.” All applications received after the deadline will be considered for the Davidson Honors College but are not eligible for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship.
New first year students who will graduate from a Montana high school, have applied for admission and filed a FAFSA by December 1, 2017 may be eligible for a $2,000 Montana Advantage Grant. This award may be reduced or cancelled if an applicant receives an athletic scholarship. (Carroll’s school code for the FAFSA is 002526) Visit their website; hover over “Admission & Aid” and then click on “Scholarships & Aid.”
This award from our local Soroptimist Club is open to young women between the ages of 14 and 17 who have demonstrated initiative in both identifying a problem and trying to solve it, and have had significant and noteworthy accomplishments as volunteers. The recipient of this award will receive $300, and an additional $200 will go to the charity of her choice. The application can be found online. All application materials should be received by the deadline date and sent to the address listed below.
SI of Helena
PO Box 1216
Helena, MT 59624
Once you complete the FAFSA you can take an online survey and be entered into a drawing for one of four $500 scholarships and a grand prize scholarship of $1,000. Reach Higher Montana will announce the weekly and grand prize winners on Facebook. Weekly drawings will take place on November 6th, 13th, 22nd, and 28th, and the grand prize drawing will take place on December 5th. “Scholarship drawing opens Oct. 1 and closes Dec. 1, 2017. All entries received at the time of each drawing will be eligible for entry. Individuals are eligible to win one $500 scholarship. All entries – including $500 scholarship winners – will be entered into the grand prize drawing.” Visit the Reach Higher Montana webpage and click on “I did my FAFSA.”
One winner from each state, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico will be selected to receive a one-time scholarship of $10,000. From these 52 winners, 10 will be chosen as national award winners and will receive an additional $15,000. Applicants apply online and must be planning on attending a 2-year or 4-year school full-time for the 2018-2019 school year. AXA scholarship winners have ambition and drive, a determination to set and reach goals; have respect for self, family and community; and have an ability to succeed in college.
**Note that only the first 10,000 applications will be accepted, so apply early!**
The Burger King Scholarship is available for any graduating high school senior who has a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students must be planning to attend a 2-year or 4-year college/university or vocational/technical school full time for the 2018-2019 school year. The first stage of the application process is done completely online. Students who are selected for the second round will be notified in the spring.
“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 essay contest requires applicants (grades 9-12) to craft an original essay that “demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.” The essay should “describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. The essay may focus on an issue at the local, state, national, or international level.” Essays should be between 700 and 1,000 words and must be submitted online or postmarked by January 4, 2018. The first place winner will earn $10,000, second place earns $1,000, five finalists will earn $500, and eight will earn an award of $100. Applicants “are encouraged to choose an original subject and tell a story that has not yet been told.” At least five sources are required as well as a bibliography listing those sources.
This $1,000 scholarship is for graduating Montana seniors planning to attend an accredited post-secondary college, university, or vocational school. Log in to download the application at www.mtjcisenate.org or www.usjcisenate.org. Click on Scholarship & Senatorship Forms than select the MT JC Scholarship application form. Like most scholarships, this one needs to be submitted correctly or it will be disqualified. If you have questions about this please stop in the Counseling Office. Please note that the application says submissions need to be postmarked by January 5, 2018.
Mail your submission to:
1060 Weaver Road
Belgrade, MT 59714
The Reach Higher Montana Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship for seniors graduating from a Montana high school who will be attending a Montana college/university. Interested applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
After applying for admission to MT Tech you’ll receive information on how to apply for their freshmen scholarships.
Are you a Montana seniors who plans on attending University of Providence majoring in chemistry, biology or mathematics and dreams of a career as a biologist, a chemist, or a mathematician? Interested in astrobiology, the chemical basis of life, or secret codes? The National Science Foundation and the University of Providence are partnering to provide 4-year S-STEM scholarships to a select group of biology, chemistry, and mathematics majors beginning Fall term 2018. In addition to scholarship support, these students will be invited to participate in undergraduate research projects, summer internships at national laboratories (e.g., NASA, DOE, NIH, NSA) and professional conferences. In these settings, students will apply concepts, skills, and dispositions learned at UP in new, challenging, and empowering settings. Like “beaming up to the Enterprise”, these experiences will build confidence and focus career aspirations. Great careers are founded on great dreams and great opportunities. The S-STEM Program is just such an opportunity. Applications are in the Counseling Office and need to be mailed and received by 28 January 2018.
The Youth Serve Montana $1,000 Scholarship is now open! Interested applicants must have completed 100+ hours of community service in the last 12 months and must be planning to attend a 2-year or 4-year college/university that is part of the Montana Campus Compact. The application will require contact information for the applicant, contact information for a school counselor or other school official who can verify your community service hours, documentation proving that you have submitted your FAFSA (use the letter/e-mail you received after submitting the FAFSA), a copy of your acceptance letter to a MT Campus Compact school, and a thorough listing of your community service work.
“Montana State University will offer millions of dollars in scholarships and grants to talented Montana freshmen who enter MSU in 2018/2019 through the MSU Premier Scholarship Program. These awards will be targeted toward Montana Freshmen who show academic promise based upon ACT and/or SAT scores, grade point average and class rank (if applicable). Financial need, leadership experience, activities and honors may also be considered. These awards will be applied toward tuition only.” In order to apply for this scholarship you must apply for admission to the university, send your ACT and/or SAT scores to the school, and complete the MSU Premier Scholarship Application online. Apply early!
This is a $2,000 scholarship for Native American/Alaskan students interested in pursuing higher education in Natural Resources. Your application must include a letter of application (your two-page letter should discuss your interest in natural resources, commitment to education, community and your culture, and financial need [complete the FAFSA and attach the Student Aid Report or have it sent to the ITC office]), resume, 3 letters of recommendation on letterhead, evidence of validated enrollment in a federally recognized tribe or Alaska Native Corporation (a photocopy of your enrollment card, front and back, or Certificate of Indian Blood will work), a transcript, and proof of your college acceptance. Your application packet must be submitted two different ways. It must be e-mailed of FAXed by 5:00pm PST on February 7, 2018. The original should be mailed and postmarked by February 7, 2018.
ATTN: Education Committee
Intertribal Timber Council
1112 N.E. 21st Avenue, Suite 4
Portland, Oregon 97232-2114
“BBB Foundation offers the Students of Integrity Scholarship to recognize high school juniors and seniors who personify and communicate ethics in the real world, as demonstrated through community service, personal integrity, and academic accomplishments. A scholarship of $10,000 will be awarded to the winning application submitted by students residing in Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Washington, or Western Wyoming. High school juniors and seniors from across the Northwest are encouraged to apply by creating a 90-second video that demonstrates how BBB helps people become smart consumers. We recommend getting as creative as possible, telling us the story of a person harmed by unethical business practices and how BBB can help educate consumers in advance to prevent scams or to help consumers report scams or bad businesses.” (This scholarship application opens October 3, 2017, but you could start planning your video now.)
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.
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.
“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.
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
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
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.