Special Programs at our Colleges for Special Circumstances


Sometimes we need a little extra support during our years in school, whether it’s financial, academic, emotional, or social related. Check the programs offered at some of Montana's colleges.

TRIO Programs with the U.S. Department of Education (available at all public colleges)
TRIO is a federal program designed to provide services for at-risk students with disadvantaged backgrounds.  TRIO has eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income youth, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities as they progress through middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. As part of the TRIO program, students receive academic assistance, professional and peer tutoring, financial aid counseling, cultural enrichment, workshops, and more! To be eligible, students must qualify as a low-income individual, first-generation college student, or have documented disabilities. Student must also be enrolled in an undergraduate program, have U.S. residency, show an academic need, and demonstrate a commitment to succeed in college. To learn more about TRIO’s eight programs and the services they provide to students, visit https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/index.html#programs

Scholars of Promise with Hopa Mountain
Although Hopa Mountain is not specifically designed for college students, it’s a great resource nonetheless.  This program invests in citizen leaders, adults, and youth who are working to improve education, ecological health, and economic development.  Hopa Mountain’s principals include training, mentoring, networking, and learning.  The Scholars of Promise program is a particularly great resource for high school student looking to attend college.  The Scholars of Promise is a college preparation program that provides Montana’s at-risk youth with training, mentoring, and support services to help to prepare to apply to college. There are various benefits to being a Scholar of Promise, including visits to college and university campuses, training and coaching meeting to help you prepare to apply for college and succeed once you are there, assistance with essays, applications, and testing fees associated with applying for college, mentor support through the college preparation process, and recognition through your participation in the program.  Hopa Mountain also facilitates the Heath Scholars of Promise and the Indigenous Scholars of Promise, which are two additional programs for high school students. You can learn more about the Scholars of Promise program by visiting https://www.hopamountain.org/scholarsofpromise.  To learn more about Hopa Mountain and the other service they provide, visit https://www.hopamountain.org/

School-Specific Programs 

Dawson Promise at Dawson Community College
Dawson Promise is a program designed to help at-risk youth obtain a two-year education without debt at Dawson Community College.  With this program, students are provided opportunities that may have seemed out of reach.  Students who are part of the Dawson Promise program are provided with a mentor to help them through the admissions processes, will receive a year-round on-campus housing option, are provided with a community host family to assist with their transition to the community, and much more. There is no application and no cost to be a part of this program. To learn more, visit https://www.dawson.edu/outreach/dawson-promise.html

Montana 10 at University of Montana 
Montana 10 is a scholar program that offers academic, social, and financial supports designed to help students succeed in college. Being a Montana 10 scholar means you are more likely to graduate on time, with less debt, and with excellent preparation for your chosen career. The idea is to set you up for both personal and professional success.  The benefits include an advisor who knows you and your goals, a textbook stipend, a monthly incentive, a freshman seminar course, tutoring, career development workshops, and more! To apply, you must be an admitted UM student, complete your FAFSA, be a freshman with fewer than 15 credits, and take a full-time schedule. You can learn more at http://www.umt.edu/montana-10/

Hilleman Scholars at Montana State University 
The MSU Hilleman Scholars Program provides Montana high school graduates with financial and academic support throughout their four years at MSU in order for them to realize their full potential and actively contribute to their communities upon graduation. Some benefits of this program include a Summer Success Academy, which is a month long math, writing, and critical thinking experience before beginning your fist year at MSU, a four-year $4,000 scholarship/stipend dispersed monthly, and $3,000 toward a Hilleman Scholar group study abroad experience at the end of your junior year. In order to be invited to the Hilleman Scholar Program, students must have a Montana residency, graduated from a Montana high school, and have Pell Grant eligibly. Please visit http://www.montana.edu/hillemanscholars/ for more information.

Student Support Services (SSS) at Montana Tech (and other Public Colleges)
The Student Support Services is dedicated to providing opportunities for academic development, assisting students with basic college requirements, and motivating students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. Their goal is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants. In order to be eligible to receive SSS, students must be enrolled at Montana Tech, enrolled in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematical (STEM) discipline, be a citizen of the United States, and be a first-generation college student, receiving a Pell Grant, or have a documented disability. SSS offers summer college preparation programs, guidance in academic, personal, and career goals, and tutoring and study groups. To learn more about SSS at Montana Tech, visit https://www.mtech.edu/student-services/

*Student Support Services are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and are available at other public colleges as well! Visit https://www2.ed.gov/programs/triostudsupp/index.html to learn more about the National Program. 

Tutor Program and Salish Kootenai College
The SKC Tutor Program is available through a coordinating effort by the Career Services and Student Support Services. Tutors at SKC are responsible for effective positive change in a student’s academic career. They help to prepare students for their classes, aid in test-taking strategies, enhance student’s self-esteem, and incorporate learning strategies specific to each student’s needs. Their ultimate goal is to aid students in becoming independent of assistance. In addition to just tutoring, the program offers individualized attention, patience, understanding, flexibility, and new ideas on how to approach school work. The program is free and is very informal, making it easier for students to take part in the services. If you are in need of tutoring assistance, or even in becoming a tutor yourself at SKC, please visit https://www.skc.edu/tutor-program/

Success Center at Aaniiih Nakoda College
The Success Center provides computers for students currently registered in classes at ANC. All the computers are networked and compatible with on-campus software, making it accessible and easy to use for all school work and/or projects. Another great aspect of the Success Center are tutors and study groups, which are highly encouraged for all students. To access benefits of the Success Center, visit http://www.ancollege.edu/?page=student_services/success_center

Academic Success Center at MSU Great Falls
The Academic Success Center provides free tutoring to current Great Falls College Montana State University students. It serves as a center for academic assistance and collaboration in order to aid students in becoming independent learners by providing assistance with subject matters and study skills. Some examples of assistance they provide include textbook reading, note taking, time management, organization, overcoming text anxiety, and test preparation. The Academic Success Center provides in-person and online tutoring options. The online tutoring is a beneficial service for students who are enrolled in distance courses or who are unavailable to come to campus during business hours. To sign up and learn more, visit http://students.gfcmsu.edu/asc/

Student Services at Chief Dull Knife College
The Student Services at CDKC provide a variety of services, including academic advising, transition counseling, mental health counseling, health and food services, distance learning, and much more. The program is designed to help students formulate educational and career plans, and therefore obtain success during their years of attendance at CDKC. To learn more about each of the programs offered, visit http://www.cdkc.edu/node/17.

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Montana colleges offers many special services to help students be successful in school