Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarship

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarship is a highly competitive, academic, merit-based scholarship. The scholarship committee will automatically evaluate students from WUE States for the WUE Scholarship based on the application for admission.


A student’s academic major will not affect the awarding process. If awarded the WUE award, you are not eligible to receive other non-resident entering student scholarships.

Eligible applicants must be a first-time incoming student (new freshmen or transfer), seeking an undergraduate degree on the Mountain Campus of the University of Montana and be a resident of one of the following qualifying WUE states:

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and Guam.


WUE Scholarship Awarding Parameters
Fall 2022-2023 
HS GPA Amount
3.90+ $18,888 (Western Undergraduate Exchange
3.75 to 3.899 $15,000 (University of Montana Academic Achievement Award)
3.35 to 3.749 $13,000 (University of Montana Academic Achievement Award)
3.00 to 3.349 $12,000 (University of Montana Academic Achievement Award)
2.99 & below $8,000 (University of Montana Academic Achievement Award)

Additional Information

For additional details on our scholarships, please visit the Financial Aid Non-Resident Scholarships website.


The University of Montana is committed to providing a fair and consistent scholarship process that offers students the opportunity to appeal for scholarship reconsideration. As a rule, UM scholarships are awarded based on academic merit, as measured by a combination of high school GPA, test (ACT, SAT) scores, or transfer GPA. The Scholarship Committee seldom deviates from the published awarding criteria. However, we recognize there are occasionally circumstances where a review is warranted, such as new test scores, a revised GPA, or unforeseen life events that may have impacted a student's performance. Elevating a student's scholarship to the next level for the purpose of accommodating "unforeseen life events" only occurs in rare cases, and only when the student's original GPA fall just immediately below the stated requirement. Reconsideration for improved GPA will automatically qualify a student for a new scholarship, upon the University being notified of the student's improved status.