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Academic Enrichment

The University of Montana

Undergraduate Scholarships



Student Travel Fund

A fund set up to help students pursue their academic enrichment opportunities such as, civic engagement, internship, field experience, study abroad, undergraduate research, and more.


Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA) Scholarship (Internship)

CEIA recognizes distinguished achievement and excellence by recognizing students, educators and employers who have excelled in or made significant improvement in work-integrated learning. A CEIA member school (UM is a member) or employer must nominate students. www.ceiainc.org.

The Two-year College/Program Student Achievement Award recognizes an outstanding student enrolled in a two-year degree program who participated in a Cooperative Education or Internship (paid or unpaid) between September 1 of the previous year and August 31 of the nominating year.

The Academic Internship Student Achievement Award recognizes an outstanding student enrolled in a four- or five-year degree program who participated in an academic internship between September 1 of the previous year and August 31 of the nominating year.


DAC Mini-Grant Application Process

To support activities promoting and enriching cultural diversity at UM, the Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) invites UM student groups to submit proposals for funding consideration. Several grants, up to $1,000 each, are awarded annually. Only group members (students) may author proposals. Each proposal must identify the group's contact person who must be a student. Deadline for proposals is December 16, 2011. For questions, contact Mary Groom-Hall (hallmg@mso.umt.edu) or review more information: http://umt.edu/diversity/mini-grant/default.php


Fulbright Scholarship (Post-grad Study/Research Abroad): Deadline beginning of October  (Study Abroad, Research)

Fulbright Foundation awards grants to outstanding students for study and research abroad. Students receiving the Fulbright must have completed an undergraduate degree before beginning their Fulbright year. Contact: Dr. Elizabeth Ametsbichler, Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures Department, LA 332, phone (406) 243-5001, or email: liz.ametsbichler@mso.umt.edu


Hazing Awareness $700 Scholarships

Milk & Honey Publishing, CollegeGreekBooks.com & Big Walt Anderson announce up to seven $700 cash awards for the fall-spring school year. All students enrolled in a accredited college or university that has a Greek system may apply. Students must be in good standing at school with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Up to the first 10 applicants for each deadline month will receive a free collectible rare "Big Walt Anderson" autographed book of their choice from CollegeGreekBooks.com; books include, The Secret Sisterhood and Pledge Brothers but not the movie Frat Daze, nor movies Secret Sisterhood Part 1 or Part 2 Fall of the Alpha Chapter, delivered personally by Walter "Big Walt" Anderson or shipped via USPS mail. Awards are granted around the 30th of each month. Check collegegreekbooks.com/cashaward.html for monthly award winners. Apply online at www.collegegreekbooks.com/cashaward.html. Monthly Deadlines: The 6th of the month: Jan. 6th, 2012, Feb. 6th, 2012, March 6th, 2012, April 6th, 2012, May 6th, 2012, June 6th, 2012 and July 6th, 2012.


Helen Olson Scholarship (Studying English, History, Modern & Classical Languages)

Students studying English, History or Modern & Classical Languages & Literature. Selection is based on academic standing/financial need. Awards and amounts vary. Scholarship is administered by the College of Arts and Sciences. Contact departments of English, History, or Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures.


Washington InternHenry & Fannie Clift Kain / Daniel & Jessie McKay Scholarship (specific majors)

Undergraduate students attending UM majoring in Anthropology, Communication Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Political Sciences, Psychology or Sociology. Scholarship awards and amounts vary. The scholarship is administered by the College of Arts & Sciences. Please contact the above named Departments.


Ludvig Browman Fellowship (in Museum Studies at Historical Ft. Missoula Museum)

The Browman fellowship is awarded for 1 semester. Browman Fellows receive college credit and a $450 spring or fall stipend; summer Fellows receive college credit and a $300 stipend at the minimum 8 hours per week or $450 at minimum 16 hours per week. Students must be enrolled full-time at an accredited institution of higher education to receive college credit and are responsible for arranging credit. Fellows work at the Museum 8+ hours per week and participate in: 1) collections management, 2) interpretation, 3) exhibit design/installation, 4) working with volunteers, and will complete a term project to be agreed upon in advance by the supervising staff member (i.e. Curator of Collections, Director of Education, or Executive Director). For more information contact Curator of Collections at nicolew.montana.com. The application can be downloaded at: www.fortmissoulamuseum.org/internship.php and submitted via email with a cover letter, resume and 2 letters of recommendation.

Mark Twain Awards for Travel

The Mark Twain Awards for Travel support deserving students who wish to enrich their education through exposure to people and places they would otherwise not encounter. Once awarded, the funds are unrestricted and can be used towards any local or international travel of any duration. Awards range between $500-$2,500 and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, early submission is strongly encouraged. To apply visit http://www.letterbanc.com/submissions. You will be asked to submit a brief 250 word statement and some additional information. Finalists will be invited to share further details about their plans.  All applicants will be considered equally on the merits of their proposed travel regardless of affiliation or memberships. Any currently enrolled freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in any major; a graduate student in a masters, doctoral, or professional degree program; a recent college graduate who completed coursework less than 2 years ago. The number of awardees and exact amount of money awarded will depend on the quality of applications and funds available. For more information, contact Jennie LaMonte at (202) 643.1157 or jennie@jennielamonte.com

MSGC Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships – Biological & Life Sciences, Chemistry, Math, Computer Science, Geological & Planetary Sciences, Physics and Astronomy and all Engineering.

The Montana Space Grant Consortium accepts applications for renewable graduate fellowships ($7500 plus in-state tuition for 9 credits and fees for one semester) and undergraduate scholarships ($1500 for the academic year) which are made on a competitive basis to students enrolled in fields of study related to NASA’s mission, including: Biology, Life Sciences, Chemistry, Geological and Planetary Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Math, Engineers (all), and Computer Science. Recipients must provide MSGC information about their studies and employment beyond the award to track the long-range effectiveness of the program. Recipients must be US citizens, enrolled full-time at a MSGC member institution (UM is one) and interested in space-related science, technology or engineering. Scholarship application can be downloaded from http://spacegrant.montana.edu/scholarshipFellowship.html. Questions can be addressed to the MSGC Office at msgc@montana.edu or (406) 994-4223.


Missoula Soroptimist's Fellowship Award

Missoula Soroptimists is the local chapter of an international service organization dedicated to improving the well-being of women around the world. They give an annual award to a woman attending graduate school in order to further herself in an established career. In 2011, $1,000 was awarded to the winner and the winner is as an applicant for the NW Region Soroptimist Fellowship Award of approx $5,000. The deadline for application is always January 15. The application is a WORD document which may be submitted electronically or by mail with 3 letters of support and an official transcript. Applicants must be Missoula County residents; similar awards are offered by Soroptimist Clubs in Ravalli and Lake Counties. For more information, contact Janet Bush (jbushmontana@gmail.com or ritagray@montana.com), 702 North 3rd West, Missoula, MT 59802 (406) 721-3725.


Multiple External Scholarships- The Critical Language Scholarship Program, the Marshall, Mitchell, Gates Cambridge, Truman, Udall, Goldwater and Carnegie Junior Fellows Program scholarships

Students who have demonstrated unusual ability, achievement, drive, leadership experience and manifested concern for others and or commitments to their fields of study, should contact Laure Pengelly Drake, the Director of External Scholarship and Fellowships, for scholarship advising and coaching. External scholarship applications for the Critical Language Scholarship Program, the Marshall, Mitchell, Gates Cambridge, Truman, Udall, Goldwater, Carnegie Junior Fellows Program and other opportunities require long-term coaching and often an official UM nomination, so start the process as soon as you can. Laure’s number: (406) 243-6140; office is DHC #102. Review website: http://www.dhc.umt.edu/scholarships/ 

Pat Williams Scholarship: Public Policy & Leadership Initiative of the Mansfield Center
(Research or Internships)

Grants of $500-2000 are available to undergraduate and graduate students completing internships or research projects in public policy or leadership. Internships: students must have a specific internship in mind to which the funds will be applied. Research: students must have ample background in their major to conduct meaningful research and an ability to develop and complete a research project under a faculty mentor’s guidance whose written agreement to work with the student is required. Established in 1983, the Mansfield Center honors former Sen. Mike Mansfield’s distinguished service and hosts programs that embody interests and characteristics of his career: ethics in public affairs and modern Asian affairs. The Public Policy & Leadership Initiative follows his example by emphasizing the global nature of ethical leadership, responsible decision-making and requisite skills for policy development. A congressionally-appropriated grant administered by the US Dept of Education funds the Pat Williams Scholarship; yet, funding does not imply endorsement of activities by the federal government. Contact Deena Mansour: 406-243-2713, email: deena.mansour@mso.umt.edu or www.umt.edu/mansfield for an application.


Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship awards outstanding seniors and recent graduates up to 2 years of study at the University of Oxford. UM has produced 28 Rhodes Scholars to rank 19th in the nation and 5th among public universities. For more information visit www.rhodesscholar.org


Sean-Michael Miles Memorial Conservation Fellowship (US Senate office)

This scholarship supports a paraprofessional three-month experience with the US Senate in Senator Max Baucus’ Washington DC office. Candidates must have an interest in conservation values espoused by Sean-Michael Miles, a Montanan killed in a car accident in Bozeman during his college Christmas break. Applicants will engage in conservation public service for Senator Baucus, including research, writing, correspondence with focus on environmental, natural resources and Native American issues. Students must be currently enrolled or recent graduates with conservation issue interest. A stipend will be provided to help defray expenses. Fellowship applications are available in Internship Services (154 Lommasson).


Student Assistance Foundation Circle of Success Grants (all majors/Montana residents)

Circle of Success Grants are dear to Student Assistance Foundation (SAF) employees as the program was established through payroll deductions and funds raised by SAFs Golf Scramble have been added to that pool. A committee of SAF employees determines recipients of the $1000 grants. Applicants must be: a) Montana residents attending a Montana college or university, b) maintaining a 2.5 GPA, and c) attending school at least ½ time and in the 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of postsecondary education. See the SAF website for application details: http://www.safmt.org. For more details, contact Darbie Hess, Grants Manager: (406) 495-7393. Review SAF website for more information on scholarships, grants and financial aid planning assistance. www.smartaboutcollege.org/pay-for-college/financial-aid-planning.jsp


The John Gyles Education Fund (Canadian or US Students)

Awards are available to both male and female students in all areas of study, undergraduate or graduate. A minimum of 2.7 GPA is required and selected students will receive up to $3000. For an application send a stamped (US postage is acceptable) self-addressed, standard size (#10) envelope to: The John Gyles Education Awards, PO Box 4808, 259-103 Brunswick Street, Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA E3B 5G4, Phone: 506-459-7460


The Richard Drake Award (for Writing in the Humanities)

Designed to honor excellence in writing in the humanities, specifically history, literature, philosophy, religion, politics and the classics. Two $750 awards are given annually; one to a graduate student and one to an undergraduate. Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a course in the College of Arts & Sciences are eligible to apply. Application: CAS Scholarship Information form (on web), paper dealing with any theme based on a humanistic discipline, and letter of recommendation from a CAS professor. Papers are judged on the basis of excellence in writing, imagination in research and force of argument.

Ashley Oppel, Internship

The School of Business Administration of The University of Montana Scholarships

More than 90 scholarships totaling more than $190,000 were awarded to business students for the 2011-12 academic year made possible because of donors’ generosity. To begin an online application, review eligibility guidelines and proceed to the online application link. Applicants complete all sections of the application and devote some time on short answer and essay questions. Review of application for spelling and grammar is strongly advised and any incomplete applications will be disqualified. For more information, contact Jodi Mammenga: 406-243-6723 or jodi.mammenga@business.umt.edu. http://www.business.umt.edu/students/Scholarships.aspx


The University of Montana Staff Senate Scholarship (child of UM staff member)

Community members and UM staff donate money to this scholarship to recognize accomplishments of a child of a staff member via a scholarship. Submit an application, letter of interest, resume and official transcript. http://www.umt.edu/staffsenate/


The University of Montana Undergraduate Student / Faculty Research Awards

These awards are open to any undergraduate at The University of Montana-Missoula to support up to 10 student / faculty research teams. Each successful student applicant will receive an undergraduate research scholarship of $500 per semester and each student/faculty team will receive up to an additional $500 to cover expenses related to their research activities (purchase of books or materials, student travel, etc.). The program is intended to provide selected students (sophomores through seniors) the opportunity to spend the academic year apprenticing with a faculty mentor; learning from and assisting with faculty research activity; and planning, developing, and carrying out his or her own undergraduate research project with the guidance of that faculty mentor. Specific information can be found by downloading an application on the DAC website.  All students who complete a research project funded by an Undergraduate Research Scholarship are required to submit an electronic copy of their thesis or final research paper to the Davidson Honors College, using their template as a formatting guide which is found on the DHC website.


UM Diversity Advisory Council /Mini-Grant Application Process (Cultural Diversity)

To support activities promoting and enriching cultural diversity at UM, the Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) invites UM student groups to submit proposals for funding consideration. Several grants, up to $1,000 each, are awarded annually. Only group members (students) may author proposals. Each proposal must identify the group's contact person who must be a student. For questions, contact Mary Groom-Hall (hallmg@mso.umt.edu) or Juana Alcala (jalcala@mso.umt.edu) or review more information: http://life.umt.edu/diversity/minigrant.php


UM General Scholarship for Currently Enrolled Students (Foreign students included)

The UM Scholarship Program draws together many endowed scholarships and donations into a single scholarship application form. Current and former UM students can apply. A scholarship committee matches qualified applicants with the scholarship that best fits them. Currently and formerly enrolled students should meet the following requirements: enrollment (or plans to do so) in an undergraduate degree program; completion of 12 or more graded college credits; minimum cumulative 3.4 GPA. Students on WUE, Presidential Leadership Scholars, LAS, Cal Murphy and Renewable General Scholarship holders are ineligible for the General Scholarship Program. To apply download the application form and turn in by the deadline. http://life.umt.edu/finaid/scholarships/currently-enrolled.php


Wiegenstein Family Fund (Chemistry or DBS pre-medicine curriculum)

For deserving students in the pre-medicine curriculum in either Chemistry or UM Division of Biological Sciences. Every third year, preference is given to students who are enrolled members of any American Indian Tribe. Scholarship awards and amounts vary. Scholarship administered by the College of Arts & Sciences. Please contact the Department of Chemistry or the Division of Biological Sciences.

Academic Enrichment

Corbin Hall 147

Missoula, MT 59812

406-243-2569

AcademicEnrichment@umontana.edu