Scholarship Information

Watch out for scholarship scams

Common scams:

  • Application and processing fees.
  • Loan Fees.
  • Guaranteed winnings.
  • "Everybody is eligible" - Scholarships all have selective criteria.
  • Unclaimed aid myth - "Billions of dollars of scholarships go unclaimed every year."
  • "We will apply on your behalf."
  • If you receive an unexpected scholarship check please use caution and never send your personal, including social security number, or banking information. Scholarship checks should be sent to the Financial Aid Office to be deposited into your UM student account.
  • Never give out your social security number or bank information for a scholarship.

High School Seniors

UM Scholarship Portal

The University of Montana now administers most scholarship funds through the UM Scholarship Portal.  The portal is accessible to all UM students and offers one centralized general application, regardless of a student’s major or program of study. The UM Scholarship Portal replaces the General University Scholarship (GUS) application used by continuing students, as well as many individual departmental, school and college applications. Application deadlines vary by department and/or by opportunity.  Continuing students must submit a completed General Application by February 15 to be considered for the scholarships administered by the Financial Aid Office. Information about departmental scholarships is available at departmental websites and/or in the UM Scholarship Portal. https://umt.academicworks.com/users/sign_in

American Indian Graduate Center

The American Indian Graduate Center provides a variety of scholarships for highschool students entering an accreditied institution, students pursuing undergraduate degrees as full time students, graduate students pursuining a master, doctoral, or professional degree as a full time student. For more details check out the website here http://www.aigcs.org/scholarships/

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice.http://www.gmsp.org/

Horatio Alger Montana Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Seniors at Montana high schools who want to go to college now have more help in reaching that goal. This scholarship program is made possible through the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation and the generosity of Dennis and Phyllis Washington. Mr. Washington is a member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Inc., an organization of Americans who have overcome adversity and humble beginnings to achieve professional and personal success. http://www.dpwfoundation.org/scholarships-programs/horatio-alger-montana-undergraduate-scholarship-program/

Governor's "Best and Brightest" Scholarship Program

The purpose of the Governor’s "Best and Brightest" Scholarship Program is to provide Montana residents with greater access to Montana’s postsecondary institutions and Montana’s tribal colleges, through scholarship grants based on academic achievement and financial need. The goal of these scholarships is to relieve student debt burdens, allowing more Montanans to stay in the state upon graduation. http://www.mus.edu/Prepare/Pay/Scholarships/Governors_Best_and_Brightest_Scholarship.asp

American Indian College Fund

Students pursuing a graduate degree at any eligible college may apply for The American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarships. These scholarships are funded through our partnerships with various donors. These scholarships are administered by the American Indian College Fund and are generally based upon merit or demonstrated financial need. http://www.collegefund.org/students_and_alumni/content/graduate_special_scholarships

Intertribal Timber Council

Established in 1976, the ITC is a nonprofit nation-wide consortium of Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations, and individuals dedicated to improving the management of natural resources of importance to Native American communities. http://www.itcnet.org/

Maureen and Mike Mansfield Native American Scholarship Application

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Native American Scholarship shall provide at least two scholarships each year for deserving female Native American students, at the undergraduate level, and who are from any of the seven Indian reservations within the State of Montana. The scholarships shall be available to students who wish to attend one of the four University of Montana campuses.

Mansfield Scholarship Application

Undergraduate

American Indian Education Fund

American Indian Education Fund, a program of PWNA, offers scholarships and grants, emergency funding and college readiness camps, as well as literacy and school supplies to help end the cycle of poverty.  Education is one of the most important cornerstones of self-sufficiency and quality of life. It is also a crucial factor in addressing the long-term challenges on the reservations we serve.  Visit their website for more information at www.aiefprogram.org.

American Indian Services

American Indian Services makes educational opportunities possible for qualifying Native American students who otherwise could not afford it. We provide more than 2300 scholarships annually. Students qualify for participation based on academic merit as well as financial need. https://secure.mytechsupport.com/~ais/students_application.html

UM Scholarship Portal

The University of Montana now administers most scholarship funds through the UM Scholarship Portal.  The portal is accessible to all UM students and offers one centralized general application, regardless of a student’s major or program of study. The UM Scholarship Portal replaces the General University Scholarship (GUS) application used by continuing students, as well as many individual departmental, school and college applications. Application deadlines vary by department and/or by opportunity.  Continuing students must submit a completed General Application by February 15 to be considered for the scholarships administered by the Financial Aid Office. Information about departmental scholarships is available at departmental websites and/or in the UM Scholarship Portal. https://umt.academicworks.com/users/sign_in

American Indian College Fund

The American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarship Program scholarships are awarded to students attending non-tribal colleges. These scholarships are funded through our partnerships with corporate and private donors and are available to American Indian/Alaska Native students attending public and private colleges and universities. The American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarships are administered by the American Indian College Fund and are generally based upon merit or demonstrated financial need. http://www.collegefund.org/students_and_alumni/content/special_scholarships

American Indian Graduate Center

The American Indian Graduate Center provides a variety of scholarships for highschool students entering an accreditied institution, students pursuing undergraduate degrees as full time students, graduate students pursuining a master, doctoral, or professional degree as a full time student. For more details check out the website here http://www.aigcs.org/scholarships/

The Cobell Scholarship

The Cobell Scholarship is a non-renewable competitive scholarship that provides one-year of scholarship support to enrolled members (or verified descendants) of US Federally-recognized tribes with strong academic records who can demonstrate financial need while pursuing Vocational Certification, Associates, Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees. Applicants will write a short essay each year. Award varies by educational level. Applications due by June 1st, 2016.

https://cobellscholar.academicworks.com/opportunities/9

The Goldwater Scholarship

The Goldwater scholarship provides $7500 for students committed to careers involving math, science, or engineering research. Students with one or two years of college remaining may apply. You will write a research plan as part of your application. https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/

See Laure Pengelly Drake, Director of External Scholarships and Advising, ASAP. DHC 102, 243-6140. Make appointments through Marissa at 243-2541. Bring an unofficial transcript and a draft resume to the meeting.

The Udall Scholarship

The Udall Scholarship provides $5000 for students committed to careers related to the environment AND to Native American students committed to careers in tribal public policy OR Native American health care. Students with one or two years of college remaining may apply. UM currently leads the nation in Udall Scholarships. www.udall.gov

See Laure Pengelly Drake, Director of External Scholarships and Advising, ASAP. DHC 102, 243-6140. Make appointments through Marissa at 243-2541. Bring an unofficial transcript and a draft resume to the meeting.

The Truman Scholarship

The Truman Scholarship for graduate and professional school requires application a year early; candidates apply as juniors. You must demonstrate outstanding potential for public service and be committed to making a difference through careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education, or elsewhere in the field. You will write a brief policy proposal as part of your application www.truman.gov 

See Laure Pengelly Drake, Director of External Scholarships and Advising, ASAP. DHC 102, 243-6140. Make appointments through Marissa at 243-2541. Bring an unofficial transcript and a draft resume to the meeting.

Intertribal Timber Council

Established in 1976, the ITC is a nonprofit nation-wide consortium of Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations, and individuals dedicated to improving the management of natural resources of importance to Native American communities. http://www.itcnet.org/

2 Plus 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 (listed below). The scholarship consists of a waiver of undergraduate tuition at any 4-year unit of the Montana University System and may be received up to a total of four continuous (fall/spring) semesters. http://www.mus.edu/Prepare/Pay/Scholarships/2_Plus_2_Honor_Scholarship.asp

Maureen and Mike Mansfield Native American Scholarship Application

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Native American Scholarship shall provide at least two scholarships each year for deserving female Native American students, at the undergraduate level, and who are from any of the seven Indian reservations within the State of Montana. The scholarships shall be available to students who wish to attend one of the four University of Montana campuses.

Mansfield Scholarship Application

Graduate

UM Scholarship Portal

The University of Montana now administers most scholarship funds through the UM Scholarship Portal.  The portal is accessible to all UM students and offers one centralized general application, regardless of a student’s major or program of study. The UM Scholarship Portal replaces the General University Scholarship (GUS) application used by continuing students, as well as many individual departmental, school and college applications. Application deadlines vary by department and/or by opportunity.  Continuing students must submit a completed General Application by February 15 to be considered for the scholarships administered by the Financial Aid Office. Information about departmental scholarships is available at departmental websites and/or in the UM Scholarship Portal. https://umt.academicworks.com/users/sign_in

UM Graduate Scholarships/Fellowships 

http://www.umt.edu/grad/Graduate%20Scholarships_Fellowships/Default.php#Directory Cost Assistance

American Indian College Fund

Students pursuing a graduate degree at any eligible college may apply for The American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarships. These scholarships are funded through our partnerships with various donors. These scholarships are administered by the American Indian College Fund and are generally based upon merit or demonstrated financial need. http://www.collegefund.org/students_and_alumni/content/graduate_special_scholarships

American Indian Graduate Center

The American Indian Graduate Center provides a variety of scholarships for highschool students entering an accreditied institution, students pursuing undergraduate degrees as full time students, graduate students pursuining a master, doctoral, or professional degree as a full time student. For more details check out the website here http://www.aigcs.org/scholarships/

Dennis R. Washington Achievement Graduate Scholarship

Endowed in 2008, Dennis R. Washington Achievement Graduate Scholarship will provide financial assistance to State and National Horatio Alger Scholar Alumni who have exhibited leadership, integrity, entrepreneurial skills, and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity, and who aspire to pursue a graduate level education. The program awards scholarships annually to deserving National or State Horatio Alger Scholar Alumni who are working towards a post-graduate degree. http://www.dpwfoundation.org/scholarships-programs/dennis-r-washington-achievement-scholarship/

Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation Native American Graduate Fellowship

The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation has created the only Native American Graduate Scholarship at Montana State University and The University of Montana. http://www.dpwfoundation.org/scholarships-programs/dennis-and-phyllis-washington-native-american-graduate-fellowship/