You, yes you! You are scholarship material because you have a story to tell. A story about perseverance, giving back, learning something new - that’s what scholarship essays are made of - stories. Use those stories to earn money to pay for college. Scholarships are money for college that you don’t have to repay. Scholarships can go a long way toward making college more affordable for students who are willing to put in the work to apply.
The Reach Higher Montana Scholarship
Every year, Reach Higher Montana awards at least 75 - $1,000 scholarships to Montana students through the Reach Higher Montana Scholarship program. We encourage students who wish to reach higher in education, career, and life to apply! The RHM Scholarship opens December 1, and is open to Montana high school seniors and current college students. See the full list of qualifications to apply.
To qualify, applicants must be:
- Montana high school seniors, or
- Montana residents who graduated from a Montana high school or approved home school program and are currently attending a Montana college or university, and
- Attend or will attend at least half time, and
- Have at least a 2.5 grade point average (GPA), and
- Submitted the FAFSA for the 2020-21 academic year.
Even though the requirements to apply are minimal, take the time to do your best on your applications. We typically receive around 900 applications for 75 scholarship awards. Show us your best effort!
Searching for Scholarships
When it comes to searching for scholarships, our website is a great place to start.
We've curated a list of state and local scholarships for Montana students. Our experience working with students and scholarships for many years has shown that students are typically more successful earning local scholarships, as there are generally fewer students competing for these awards compared to national scholarships.
Scholarship Search Tools
Next, take advantage of the scholarship search tool on the Montana Career Information System (MCIS). The Montana Department of Labor and Industry provides a great way to search and apply for scholarships specific to your characteristics, interests, program of study, and more. Check out the video on our website to learn how to search for scholarships on MCIS.
There are lots of scholarship tools on the Internet. Be careful - you should never pay money to apply for a scholarship, and you'll want to make sure you understand how your personal information is collected and used by scholarship sites. In addition to MCIS, we recommend mycollegeoptions.org. This search tool works similarly to MCIS and includes both state and national scholarships.
What makes an essay stand out? What do scholarships require? What does it take to earn scholarship money? We have the resources for you!
Treat searching and applying for scholarships like a job and it will pay like one! Set aside some time every week to search for scholarships and to work on your applications. Keep track of deadlines using our handy tracking sheet so you don’t miss out on winning money for school!