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.

Montana Scholarships

We've curated a list of state, local, and a few national 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.

Check out our Montana Scholarships

Congratulations to the 2024 Reach Higher Montana Scholarship Recipients

 High School Recipients

Aiden Fouhy
Allana Holderman
Big Timber
Brookelynn Ruckman
Cara McGrath
Carter Lapke
Cheyenne Sannar
Clayton Jassen
Coco Striefler
Colton Tietje
Jefferson City
Elias Vesbach
Erika Dowling
Gavin Emerson
Grace Lenhardt
Haley Tuccillo
Hope McAtee
Ireland Osentowski
Great Falls
Isabelle Glowacki
Jordan Leach
Kaiden Gardner
Kail Bouma
Kaitlyn Johnson
Lain Reddinger
Marren Russell
Nathan Strobel
Quentin Edwards
Quinci Neuman
Rylee Glimm
Vance Wingard
Victoria Wallace
Weston Sondeno
Big Timber

 College Recipients

Abigail Grotbo
Adam Arthur
Great Falls
Aleisha Dutton
Aliza Haney
Amanda Mazur
Amara Bodkins
Fort Shaw
Ashley Heinrich
Austynn May
Jefferson City
Baylee Herman
Bridger Cole
Brooklin Baukol
Clyde Park
Cadence Waller
Caleb Smartnick
Carly Jensen
Chloe Nelson
Cody Stene
Great Falls
Colton Noyes
Daytona Schuman
Dylan Kidd
Emily Barcus
Grace Wagner
Hannah Christman
Jayden Boles
Jori Clary
Kaitlyn Logan
Kalley May
Kayla Denny-Fairchild
Kaylanna Guerrero-Gobert
Mackenna Spaulding
Madison Dykstra
Big Timber
Madison Schwab
Makayla Kombol
Mariah Creason
Matthew McGraw
Great Falls
McLain Payne
Meghan Schaeffer
Morgan Holmes
Morgan Simonson
Piper Hoxie
Rane Jackson
Sammi Wright
Sidney Bauer
Skyla Pierson
Deer Lodge
Sophia Bell
Taryn Thompson
Taylin Trafton
Tess Shaw
Veyda Anderson
Zachry Kinyon

 Carl Valvoda Military Recipient

LaRenzo Roanbear

Current Reach Higher Montana Scholarship Applicants

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Reach Higher Montana Scholarship Opportunities

Reach Higher Montana Scholarship Opportunities

NEW! $500 Monthly Scholarship
Drawing 1st of the month
Attend a Reach Higher Montana presentation and get a chance to win a $500 scholarship, reach out to an Advisor to set one up.

Stick with Scholarships
Opens Nov. 1, closes Nov. 30
High school students have a chance to win one of six $500 scholarships, by posting a picture or video of one of our stickers to Instagram, Facebook, or Tik Tok and tagging us. This opportunity is open to all Montana high school students.

Reach Higher Montana Scholarship
Is now part of It's Scholarship Time! and will open on Jan. 1, closes on Mar. 1
Find out more about It's Scholarship Time! below.

Design a Sticker, Win a Scholarship
Opens Feb.1, closes Feb. 28
Design our next sticker for a chance to earn a $1,500, $1,000 or $500 scholarship. Nine scholarships will be awarded, this opportunity is open to all Montana high school students.

NEW! It's Scholarship Time!
Opens Jan. 1, closes Mar. 1
One Application, Multiple Scholarships.     

  • $2,000 Reach Higher Montana Scholarship (80) (Seniors-College)
  • $1,000  Bridging the Gap Scholarship (1+) (Seniors-College)
  • $2,000  Carl Valvoda Scholarship (1) (Seniors-College)
  • $1,250 Gilman Family Scholarship (2) (College)
  • $2,000 Horse Creek Scholarship (6) (Seniors-College)
  • $5,000 Judy Martz Scholarship (1+) (Seniors-Adults)
  • $2,000 Kelly Kuntz Scholarship (1) (College)
  • $1,500 Rotary of Helena Scholarship (2) (Seniors) 
  • $500 Mary McCue Pre-Dental Student Scholarship (3) (College)

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Scholarships Offered by Colleges and Universities

Scholarships Offered by Colleges and Universities

Campuses offer many scholarships to incoming freshmen, transfer students, and students in specific programs of study. Check out your institution's website or get in touch with the financial aid office. Apply early for scholarships offered by the college you plan to attend. 

Here are just a few of the scholarships available through the Montana University System Colleges and Universities: 

  • MUS Honor Scholarship: The MUS Honor Scholarship is a four-year renewable scholarship, which waives the recipient's tuition when used at an eligible campus. Its average value at a 4-year Montana campus is $5,000 a year or $20,000 for four years.
  • 2 + 2 Honor Scholarship: The 2 + 2 Honor Scholarship is awarded annually to students who graduate with an associate degree from a 2-year campus of the Montana University System or a Montana Community College.
  • Montana's STEM Scholarship: Montana's STEM Scholarship Program is designed to provide an incentive for Montana high school students to prepare for, enter into, and complete degrees in postsecondary fields related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and healthcare.

Check out all the Scholarships and Tuition Waivers the Montana University System has to offer.

Pro Tip

Pro Tip

All students should complete the FAFSA annually, ideally by the December 1 priority deadline. Many sources of scholarship aid awarded by the college will only consider students who have completed the FAFSA.

Strategies for Scholarship Success

Strategies for Scholarship Success

Scholarships are available for all kinds of students. It's a myth that scholarships are only awarded to valedictorians and athletes. There are so many people who believe in education and support students through scholarships. We suggest the following strategies to maximize your scholarship success:

  • Get organized. Create a folder, set time aside every week to work on scholarships.
  • Start close to home. Most likely, there will be fewer applicants for local scholarships than national scholarships, which increases your odds of winning.
  • Check with your counselor. They receive several scholarship opportunities, check in weekly during scholarship season.
  • Apply early for scholarships offered by the campus you plan to attend. Campuses offer many scholarships to incoming freshmen, transfer students, and students in specific programs of study.
  • Do your homework. Research scholarships for which you're eligible to apply, and keep a folder with the scholarship information, sorted by due date. Keep the file up to date as new information becomes available. Check to see if the scholarships are renewable.
  • Help others help you. If you are asking someone to write a letter of reference for you, make it easy for them. Provide them with some background on the scholarship for which you are applying, outline your accomplishments and skills that demonstrate your eligibility, and give your references plenty of time to write you a letter of recommendation. You can use this form to organize your request.  Asking for a letter the day before the scholarship is due isn't a great idea, as your reference may not have time to write you a letter. When you are selected to receive a scholarship, be sure to thank your references for helping you out.
  • Say "Thanks". Send a written thank you note to anyone who awards you a scholarship.
  • Be careful. Unfortunately, you have to be aware that there are people who try to take advantage of scholarship applicants. Be wary if you are asked to pay a fee to apply for a scholarship, or if an application asks for personal information that isn't relevant to the scholarship.
Pro Tip

Pro Tip

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!

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Searching for Scholarships

Searching for Scholarships

When it comes to searching for scholarships, our website is a great place to start. 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.

Scholarship Thursday

Every Thursday we post available scholarships and scholarship tips to our Reach Higher Montana Facebook and Instagram pages. That's right! Every Thursday we pack our Facebook and Instagram pages full of helpful information so you can maintain your scholarship hustle!

Scholarship Search Tools

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.

In addition to MCIS, we recommend This search tool works similarly to MCIS and includes both state and national scholarships.

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Scholarship Resources

What makes an essay stand out? What do scholarships require? What does it take to earn scholarship money? We have the resources for you!

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Scholarships, How to Get That Money

There are two important things to keep in mind when it comes to scholarships: YOU are scholarship material and treat applying for scholarships like a job.

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