External Scholarship Opportunities

25 Scholarship Gateways from Black Excel

Various opportunities for scholarships for minorities:

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship

Applicants must submit an essay on the topic appearing on the website.

Accountemps Scholarships

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Accountemps are offering scholarships to selected applicants who are pursuing a degree in accounting, finance, or information systems. Please visit their website for more information and to download an application.

Accounting and Financial Women's Alliance (AFWA) Scholarships

The Billings AFWA chapter awards four different scholarships: Undergraduate, Women in Transition, High School, and CPA Review Scholarships. To qualify for the CPA Review Scholarship you must be an AFWA member. 

Accounting Scholarships

An informational site for a variety of accounting scholarships and programs:

Adeline Neilson Scholarship Foundation

This scholarship is offered to students with strong academic record, good personal conduct and reputation, strong career goals and attitude who also demonstrate financial need. Awards range from $2,000 to $4,000 per academic year.

Contact information:

  • Adeline Neilson Scholarship Foundation
    P.O. Box 1804
    Jackson, WY 83001
  • Phone: 307.733.3498
  • Email: ansfnd@gmail.com

Ambassadorial Scholarships

Various scholarship opportunities from Rotary International:

American Association of University Women (Billings Branch)

Applicants must be women who are currently enrolled in undergraduate programs who demonstrate financial need. See the Financial Aid Office for an application.

American Association of University of Women (Great Falls Branch)

The Great Falls Branch of the American Association of University of Women is awarding three $2,000 scholarships. Scholarships are available to women from Cascade County who will be a college junior, senior, or graduate student. The awards are based on scholarship, character, and financial need.

American Chemical Society Scholars Program

Approximately 100 scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students interested in four-year degrees in chemical sciences, those interested in transferring from two-year colleges to four-year colleges to pursue chemical science degrees, and to two-year students intending to pursue degrees in chemical technology. Scholarships are valued at up to $2,500 per academic year for freshmen and up to $3,000 per academic year for sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

American Engineers Scholarship

AES Engineers is pleased to be able to continue providing $500 scholarships (regardless of courses being studied) to students who meet certain criteria. Scholarships are intended for future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. You are not required to be taking engineering courses to be eligible.

American Indian Education Scholarship

Scholarships for students of Native American or Alaskan Native descent. Candidates must be a full-time student at an accredited two- or four-year college/university or vocational technical school.

Army Emergency Relief

Army Emergency Relief (AER) is offering scholarships to the spouses and dependent children of soldiers. Please visit their website for more information regarding the scholarships.

Army ROTC Scholarship Fund

Scholarship opportunity information for students serving in Army/ROTC programs:

ASCO Numatics Engineering Scholarship

ASCO Numatics will award two merit-based scholarships of $5,000 each to exceptional undergraduate and graduate engineering students pursuing careers in manufacturing, processing, or other industrial automation related disciplines. Additionally, ASCO Numatics will make $1,000 grants to the engineering departments of the colleges in which the winners are enrolled.

For the 2012-13 school year, applicants must be enrolled full-time in an engineering, instrumentation, systems, electrical, mechanical, or automation discipline at an accredited U.S. educational institution. Applicants must be entering their junior or senior year in a four-year undergraduate degree program or enrolled in a graduate program. They must also have at least a 3.20 GPA on a 4.00 scale and be a U.S. citizen or legal U.S. resident.

Association on American Indian Affairs Scholarship

The Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) is a 90-year-old national non-profit organization that works on policy and grass roots initiative in the area of youth/education, cultural preservation, and sovereignty. AAIA awarded its first scholarship in 1948 and today has eight scholarship programs for undergraduate and graduate students from federally recognized tribes and tribes that are not recognized by the federal government. Please visit the website for more information about scholarships and the application process.

August and Mary Sabotka Scholarship

For students that are pursuing a career in health care, such as physician assistant, etc., Glendive Medical Center is offering $4,000-$5,000 in scholarships. Preference is given to applicants from eastern Montana or those willing to be employed in the field of health care in that same region.

Ayn Rand Essay Scholarship

Candidates must be a college student and must also write an essay on a select book of Rand's.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Provides awards up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students at two- and four-year institutions to pursue country-based undergraduate opportunities abroad of up to one academic year. To be eligible, students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application and cannot be studying abroad in a country currently under a U.S. Department of State travel warning or in Cuba. For application and further information, please go to their website.

Billings Clinic Foundation

Scholarship available to traditional students who are graduating or have graduated from a high school in our service area and have completed less than half of their college program. Non-traditional students and those college students who have completed more than half of their college program are eligible to apply regardless of high school attended.

Billings Elks Memorial Fund

For any prospective student residing within the jurisdiction of Billings Elks Lodge 394 who plans to pursue an eligible vocational/technical course or any college/university program. Must be enrolled as a full-time student under the rules of the school being attended. Applications available in the Financial Aid Office.

  • Deadline: February 15

Billings Federal Credit Union Scholarship

Billings Federal Credit Union (BFCU) is offering two $1,000 scholarships to members continuing their education at a college, university, or technical school. One award will be made to a graduating high school senior and one award will go to a non-traditional student, defined as age 21 or older or who has been out of high school for more than three years. Applications for the BFCU scholarships are available at the credit union, at many area high school guidance offices, or on the BFCU's website.

Billings West Rotary Scholarship

The Billings West Rotary Club is offering a $500 scholarship to a student who demonstrates leadership, academic achievement, scholastic involvement, and community service. Candidates must 1) be of at least a junior standing at the time of the award, 2) have demonstrated financial need, 3) have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and 4) be and maintain a full-time student status during the award period. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Bitterroot Audubon/Byron Weber Memorial Scholarship

Applicants must be:

  • Currently attending Montana college/university (4-year degree program)
  • At least a sophomore status
  • Majoring in a natural resource field
  • Good academic standing
  • Bitterroot Valley resident (desired)

See the Financial Aid Office for application.

Boys & Girls Club 

Please see the Financial Aid Office for the application.

Boys & Girls Clubs Endowment Foundation

The Boys & Girls Clubs Endowment Foundation is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a former member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County. This scholarship can be renewed for a maximum of four years for a total of $4,000 in scholarship money.

Buick Achievers

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is 100 scholarships valued up to $25,000 and 1,000 scholarships worth $2,000. Applicants can be high school seniors and current undergraduates who plan to enroll full-time at a four-year college or university in 2012-13. Applicants should be planning to major in a field of study that focuses on engineering, technology, design, or business with an interest in the automotive industry.

Central Montana Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship

Annual scholarships are awarded to residents of central Montana (Fergus, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, Musselshell, Petroleum, and Wheatland counties). Applicants must have completed one year of college in a health-related field or can demonstrate comparable work experience and are likely to return to central Montana to work in that field after school. Scholarships awarded based on personal goals, academic potential, and financial need.

Applications available in Financial Aid Office or at the CMMC Human Resource Office, 408 Wendell Ave., Lewistown, MT 59457.

  • Deadline: May 1

Charter One Bank - TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate the difference they have made in their communities through volunteering. What does being a good citizen mean to you? Tell us what you do to help others in your community and the world in a short essay or video. Forty scholarships will be awarded, $50,000 total in scholarship funds. 

Visit charterone.com and submit your essay or video by April 30. Scholarships will be awarded in June.

Circle K/Kiwanis International

Scholarships available to Circle K members in good standing. Must be at least a part-time college student at the time of application, have GPA of 3.00 or higher, and have completed 100 service hours in Circle K or 60 hours if a first-year Circle K member.
Applications may be obtained in the Financial Aid Office or online.

The CIRI Foundation

Scholarship opportunities for Alaska natives and Native Americans:

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation offers scholarships to eligible students. For more information about the scholarships, student eligibility, and application information, please visit their website. 

College Scholarships.org

College Scholarshps.org is a scholarship database listing many scholarships. Award amounts, eligibility criteria, and deadlines vary by scholarship.


This is a database to help students find a variety of available scholarships.

CPA - Minority Scholarships

This site lists various scholarship opportunities for students pursuing an education in accounting.

Dakota Indian Foundation

This scholarship program is established for the further educational advancement of aspiring Native American students with priority given to those of Sioux heritage. Scholarships are offered to sophomores, juniors, and seniors and will be limited to $1,000 per semester. Applicants must be full-time students and have a minimum of a 2.00 GPA per semester that is funded by the Dakota Indian Foundation. Application forms may be obtained in the Financial Aid Office.

  • Application forms must be faxed to 605.234.5858 or mailed to: P.O. Box 340, Chamberlain, SD 57325-0340
  • Deadline: August 1, January 15
  • Website: www.dakotaindianfoundation.org

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International

  • Junior majoring in education
  • Woman attending an accredited Montana institution of higher learning 
  • Hold average or above average GPA
  • Show financial need

See the Financial Aid Office for details or contact Lorran Depner (songlady@3rivers.net/406.466.5638)

Digital Innovation Scholarship

This is a $1,000 scholarship for any U.S. high school senior or currently enrolled college undergraduate/graduate student. Candidates need to write a 500 word essay describing his/her personal experience with Internet entrepreneurship or the importance of new ideas in the digital realm. Topics could include user experience, visual design, or any other aspect of digital information the student finds interesting. 

Completed essays should be sent to contests@inkfarm.com with the following information: name, address, phone number, year in school, current school, and where you heard about the scholarship.

Donald G. Willems Scholarship

The Montana Section American Water Works Association (MSAWWA) and the Montana Water Environmental Association (MWEA) are offering a $1,000 scholarship in honor of Donald G. Willems. Candidates for this scholarship must be currently enrolled in a Montana college or university and have completed at least one academic year (two semesters) successfully. Their major must aim them toward employment in the fields of water and/or waste-water (treatment, engineering, operator training, and/or laboratory). Applicants may be enrolled in a program at any degree level (associate, bachelor, or graduate). Candidates must also have a 2.00 GPA. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and the application.

EAA Vintage Aircraft Association

The EAA Vintage Aircraft Association is offering a variety of scholarships to deserving students. Award amounts, eligibility criteria and deadlines vary by scholarship.

Elie Wiesel Prize In Ethics Essay Contest 

Registered undergraduate full-time juniors or seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States are eligible to apply. For more information contact the Financial Aid Office or visit the website below.

Emil A. Honka Scholarship

Applicants must be legally blind or have a prognosis of serious vision loss in the near future. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed 12 or more college credits and have a cumulative GPA of 2.50.

  • Deadline: March 15
  • Contact Roberta Lemieux at 406.228.2573

The Ernest I. Bass and Eurice Miller Bass Scholarship

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.50, be a full and active member of the United Methodist Church for at least one year, show financial need, be contributing to personal support, and be a permanent resident of the United States. 

  • Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.
  • Fall Semester Deadline: July 15
  • Spring Semester Deadline: December 1

Families of Freedom

Applicants must be dependent children or spouses of persons who were killed or are permanently disabled as a direct result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Must be currently enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited college, university, or vo-tech school. No deadline.


Free Scholarship Search/College Search:

Federal Scholarships and Aid Gateways

Online resources for all U.S. federal government student financial aid programs:


Free search for scholarships and other information:

Ford Foundation Fellowship Program

The Ford Foundation, through the The National Academies, is offering fellowships to students who are U.S. citizens or nationals, are part of an ethnic minority, and are planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. The predoctoral fellowship awards $20,000 to the fellow and an institutional allowance of $2,000 for three years.

The Fruit Company

The fruit company is offering two scholarships to incoming freshmen. Both scholarships do not have a GPA requirement, and scholarships are judged and awarded without regard to gender, race, religion, national origin, or disability.

The Roy Webster Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is for graduates of Oregon or Washington high schools.

The Fruit Company Gift Basket Entrepreneur Award

This $4,000 scholarship is open to a graduate of any U.S. high school who is majoring in business or agriculture.

Fund for Theological Education (FTE)

FTE offers young adults drawn to religious leadership a network of support, both financial and relational.

Gates Millennium Scholarships

AIGC criteria: Applicant must be an American Indian/Alaska Native, African American, Asian/Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American who will enter a nationally accredited college or university as a full-time freshman in the fall. Applicants must have graduated from high school with a cumulative 3.30 GPA and meet the federal Pell grant eligibility criteria and also demonstrate leadership abilities through participating in community service, extracurricular activities, or other activities.

Gateway to 10 Free Scholarships Searches

Informational site with links to various scholarship opportunities:

Gateway to U.S. Government Grants/Money

Informational site with links to various scholarship opportunities:

GFWC - Billings Junior Woman's Club

The Billings Junior Woman's Club is offering a $1,000 scholarship. Applicant must be a woman of sophomore, junior, or senior standing with a minimum GPA of 3.00 and be studying in the educational field or an area that will offer service to other people. Non-traditional students will have preference. Applications may be obtained in the Financial Aid Office.


GoodCall Scholarship Search Engine is one of the largest databases of scholarships on the web. Unlike the others, the GoodCall Scholarship Engine requires no personal information and it's free to use. You can check it out here:  http://www.goodcall.com/scholarships/.

Graduate Fellowships in the Physical Sciences

The fellowship program of the National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) is again open for receipt of applications.

The NPSC offers the two following programs:

  • The Traditional NPSC Program provides a two-phase, six-year fellowship. Initial support is for two or three years, depending on the employer/sponsor. 
  • The Dissertation Support Program provides support while the graduate student conducts dissertation research. Students should apply in the year prior to the beginning of their dissertation research program, but not until they can describe their research at least in general terms. 

The Consortium is comprised of leading universities (who provide tuition and fees) and private corporations and governmental research laboratories (who provide stipends and two summers of employment). NPSC welcomes applications from all qualified students, with continued emphasis on recruitment of a diverse pool of female and underrepresented minority applicants.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to undergraduates to attend graduate school/professional school who are seeing careers in the government, public service, non-profit, or advocacy sector. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. national from the Pacific Islands and be nominated during their junior year.

Health Resources and Services Administration

Scholarships will be available for students pursuing primary health care training leading to a degree in allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, or dentistry and education leading to a degree as a family nurse practitioner, nurse-midwife, or physician assistant.

Additional information and applications may be obtained at the Financial Aid Office.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Scholarships for students with Hispanic heritage. College, community college, and high school scholarships are available on an annual level.

Applicants must:

  • Have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA;
  • Be a U.S. citizen OR legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551;
  • Be pursuing or plan to pursue your first undergraduate or graduate degree;
  • Plan to apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); and
  • Plan to enroll full-time as an undergraduate or graduate student at a U.S. accredited institution in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Guam in the upcoming academic year.

IDEA PTA Scholarship

Scholarship amount is $300 annually. This scholarship is designed for students who are enrolled in or intend to enroll in an educational program with a focus on working with individuals who have disabilities. Such programs include special education, sign language interpretation, speech, occupational or physical therapy, paraeducation, or another career choice that serves people with disabilities. Applications and more information may be obtained in the Financial Aid Office.

Indian Health Service

Applicants must be a high school graduate or have completed a G.E.D. and be a member of a federally recognized tribe. Applicants need to be pursuing a major in a health-related field.

Institute for Humane Studies

The Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University is offering funding of up to $15,000 to current and prospective graduate students and outstanding undergraduate juniors and seniors pursuing liberty-advancing careers through the Humane Studies Fellowship Program. They are also offering paid internships through the Koch Summer Fellow Program. For more information, please visit their website.

International Student Loan Center

International Students Scholarships and Aid Help

Scholarship search site for interests in international study:

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarships

Applicant must be:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Minority
  • High school senior
  • Accepted to four-year accredited college or university

Applicant must also be able to demonstrate:

  • Leadership potential
  • Financial need

Application available online from October 15 to March 1. Amount: $6,000 per year.

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

Must be a U.S. citizen, be a teacher or plan to become a teacher of American History, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level, and have earned an undergraduate degree by August 31. Junior and senior fellowship scholarships available.

Jenny Nemer Sibinger Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Endowment Foundation will award an annual $1,000 higher education scholarship to a member or former member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for the application and more information.

  • Deadline: June 1

Joanne Spouse Scholarships

Military Spouse Scholarship is for $1,000 for obtaining professional certification or attending post-secondary school or graduate school. Use for tuition, books, and room and board.

Jolene Staton Scholarship

Applicant criteria:

  • Education major
  • Entering senior year of college 

Scholarship is offered every other year; please see the Financial Aid Office for details.

Keith Brown Ethics Endowment Scholarship

The Keith Brown Ethics Endowment Scholarship is awarded to two juniors and two seniors who are majoring in business/accounting and who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20. Winners each receive a scholarship of $4,000, which is granted over and above current institutional assistance already awarded to the student. Please visit the Financial Aid Office for more information and an application.

  • Deadline: March 1

Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Ethnic Minority Students

This scholarship is awarded to students who are active in the United Methodist Church. Approximately $2,500 will be awarded.

Lilly Reintegration Scholarship

This scholarship provides educational funding opportunities for assisting patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

Major General James Ursano Scholarship Fund

Army Emergency Relief offers financial assistance for the undergraduate studies of dependent children of Army soldiers. The Ursano Scholarship is for students who study at an undergraduate, technical, or vocational institution accredited by the U.S. Department of Education and approved for Title IV funds. Scholarships awarded are based primarily on financial need, secondarily on academic achievements and individual accomplishments. Application can be printed at the website.

Marine Corps Scholarships

Provides assistance for higher education to deserving sons or daughters of U.S. Marines and children of former Marines, with particular attention being given to children whose parent was killed or wounded in action. Applicants must reapply each year. Applications available in January of each year.

Masons of Montana - Billings Lodge 113

Two continuing education scholarships in the amount of $500 each are being funded by the members of Billings Lodge 113 for second, third, or fourth year students in any college or vocational-technical college in the U.S. Applicant must have graduated or received a G.E.D. from an accredited Billings, Mont. high school. Applications may be obtained in the Financial Aid Office

  • Deadline: March 15

MassMutual Scholars Program

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) is offering 30 $5,000 scholarships for high-achieving African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic students interested in careers in the insurance and financial services industry. Eligible students of all majors will be considered who are entering their sophomore, junior, senior, or 5th-year senior year at an accredited U.S. college or university and are interested in pursuing a career in the insurance and fanatical services industry.

Maude M. Schuetze Foundation Scholarship

May be used for post-high school education for students graduating or who have graduated from schools in Culbertson, Westby, Plentywood, Medicine Lake, Froid, and Bainville. May be awarded for college degree or trade school programs.

  • Deadline: April 1
  • For applications, see the Financial Aid Office

McDonald's Education Scholarships

McDonald's will award one scholarship from each state and the District of Columbia per year. Applicant must be a student-employee. Applicants demonstrating the highest commitment to school, work, and community service will receive special honor - "McScholar of the Year" and awarded a $5,000 scholarship.

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance awards $4,000 per semester to a student that has dealt with cancer, personally or within their family. 

The Mesothelioma Group

This scholarship is aimed toward helping cancer survivors and children of parents who fell victim to or are currently battling cancer.

Methodist Scholarships

Links to scholarship opportunities for members of the United Methodist Church:

Microsoft Scholarship Program

4 types of technical scholarships:


  • General
  • Women's
  • Underrepresented minority
  • Students with disabilities

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)

Scholarships offered to dependents of service members who meet certain criteria.

The Miriam Hoffman Scholarship Program

Applicant must be an active member of the United Methodist Church for at least one year, be enrolled in an accredited institution working toward a degree on a full-time basis, be a U.S. citizen, have a C+ or higher GPA, and demonstrate financial need. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Miss Montana Scholarship Program

Montana's young women, ages 17 to 24, have the opportunity to earn scholarships for education and life skill development through the Miss Montana Scholarship Program. Interested candidates should visit their website for more information, applications, and deadlines.

Missoula Electric Cooperative

Those eligible for scholarships are active members of Missoula Electric Cooperative or their dependent(s). Scholarships may be used at any accredited Montana university, community college, or vocational school.

Montana Cattle Women Inc. Scholarship

A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student. The recipient of this award must be from a Montana home and at least a sophomore attending a Montana university or college. Preference will be given to an applicant majoring in a field beneficial to the livestock industry.

Montana Chapter Soil and Water Conservation Society

The student must be in either Montana or North Dakota to apply for one of these two scholarships. There is a $500 and a $250 award. Student must be studying agricultural or natural sciences, have a GPA of 3.00 or higher, and be enrolled as a freshman or higher.

Montana Farmers Union Scholarships

The Montana Farmers Union offers several scholarships to students who are pursuing higher education and are Montana Farmers Union members. For more information on the various scholarships offered, please visit their website.

Montana Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.

The Montana Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. is offering a number of $1,000 scholarships to eligible students. Please visit their website for more information.

Montana Food Distributors Association Scholarship

The Montana Food Distributors Association (MFDA) awards four scholarship annually each worth $1,500. Applicants should be associated with the Food Industry through either employment or family relationships within the industry. For more information, please visit their website or the Financial Aid Office.

Montana Gerontology Society

Applicant must be a student at a Montana college or university interested in pursuing a career in the field of aging. This is a $750 scholarship. Please visit the Financial Aid Office for the application and more information.

Montana PTA Scholarship

Applicants must be a resident of the state of Montana and a high school senior or a Montana college/university student. Either applicant or guardian must be a current or virtual member of the Montana PTA.

Montana State Fund

This scholarship is offered to assist spouses and dependents of workers who are fatally injured in a work-related accident. Recipients are eligible to receive up to $2,000 per academic year, renewable for up to $8,000.

Montana Telecommunications Association (MTA) Showcase Scholarship

This is a scholarship opportunity for dependents of full- or part-time employees, current directors, or owners (or their spouse) of an independent local exchange carrier in Montana. This is a $1,000 scholarship. Contact your local rural telephone cooperative or the MTA office.

  • Phone: 406.442.4316
  • Deadline: Postmarked by March 3 / Received by MTA no later than March 24
  • Website: www.telecomassn.org

Montana Woman Foundation

Applicant must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Female 
  • Montana resident for the past three years
  • Education to be funded by the scholarship must be obtained in the state of Montana
  • Demonstrate academic/personal achievements
  • Demonstrate extracurricular activities
  • Demonstrate financial and/or personal need
  • Demonstrate volunteer/community service and/or leadership roles

National Federation of the Blind

The Federation's program will award 30 scholarships to high-achieving legally blind students. Scholarships range from $3,000 to $12,000 and could be higher. Most scholarships go to full-time students, but one may be awarded to a part-time student who is also employed full-time and who is going back to school to improve his or her professional opportunities.

National Garden Club Scholarship

This is a grant of $4,000 for a student majoring in a horticulture-related field. Applicant must have a minimum of a 3.25 GPA and be a full-time student.

National Institutes of Health Scholarships

Tuition and expenses up to $20,000 per year. One year scholarship, renewable up to four years.
Requirements for applicant:

  • 10 week summer service as paid employee of an NIH research laboratory
  • After graduation - one year of full-time paid employment at an NIH research laboratory
  • Website: www.training.nih.gov

National Military Families Association

The National Military Families Association offers scholarships to military spouses.

National Payday

National Payday offers a scholarship of $3,000 for the winner of an essay contest on the benefits of short-term financing on a person's life.

National Science Foundation

The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified science, mathematics, or engineering students and strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to compete fully in this program.

  • Deadline: November 4-6
  • Phone: 800.877.8339
  • Website: nsf.gov

Neva Tollefson Fine Arts Scholarship

Up to $1,000 for university study for a resident of Lake County, Mont. who is intent on a career in the fine arts. Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office or write to:

  • Sandpiper Gallery
    P.O. Box 1163
    Polson, MT 59860
  • Deadline: April 15

Nordmeier/Tafoya Scholarship

Western Area Power Administration, in partnership with the Bureau of Reclamation and the Risk Management Agency, is seeking applicants for the Nordmeier/Tafoya Scholarship. Criteria include:

  • Permanent disability
  • Attending a Montana college or technical school
  • Enrolled for at least nine semester credits
  • Narrative of how scholarship will help meet personal and educational goals
  • Financial need will be considered

  • Contact: Robin Johnson, 406.255.2820 for additional information

Please visit the Financial Aid Office for more information and an application.

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is offered to international women attending college in the United States or Canada. Applicant must be working toward a graduate degree and believe that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding.

P.E.O. Scholarship for Continuing Education

P.E.O. is offering a grant up to $3,000 to a woman whose education has been interrupted and finds it necessary to return to school to support themselves and/or their families. Applicants must demonstrate financial need; had at least 24 consecutive months as a non-student; be within 24 months of completing her educational goal; and be enrolled in an educational program leading to employment or job advancement. 

Phil Tawney Hunters Conservation Endowment Scholarship

A $1,000 annual scholarship is being offered to a student at an accredited college or university in Montana with an academic major in a field related to conservation and who exhibits a strong commitment to our outdoor heritage.

Additional information and application forms are available in the Financial Aid Office.

Presbyterian Church Scholarships

Applicant for this scholarship must:

  • Be a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
  • Be a U.S. citizens or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Be a high school senior who will be entering college full-time
  • Demonstrate financial need

Pride Foundation and GSBA Scholarships

The Greater Seattle Business Association and Pride Foundation scholarship programs support and honor gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and allied (straight and supportive of GLBT issues) students, as well as students from GLBT families. Awards will be for post-secondary education, including non-traditional programs, creative study, and vocational training.

Ramapo for Children

Camp Ramapo is offering a on-site college course opportunity at their residential summer camp, which serves children with emotional, behavioral, and learning problems. This course can be listed on an official university transcript for up to six semester hours of college credit through Regents College of the University of the State of New York. This course can be credited in one of the following disciplines: education, special education, educational psychology, therapeutic recreation, group dynamics, outdoor recreation, physical education, recreation, camp counseling, or community service.

Ron Brown Scholar Program

The Ron Brown Scholar Program offers a $10,000 scholarship that is annually renewable for four years. Applicants must be African-American and a high school senior.

ROTC Scholarship

Whether you're a college-bound high school student or already attending a college or university, Army ROTC has scholarships available. Scholarships are awarded based on a student's merit and grades, not financial need. To learn more about ROTC scholarships and what your obligations would be please visit ROTC Scholarship.

The Sallie Mae Fund

Scholarship applications are available for download from The Sallie Mae Fund's website. Major programs include:

  • The Sallie Mae Fund Unmet Need Scholarship Program - for undergraduate students whose financial aid packages fall short by $1,999 or more
  • The Sallie Mae Fund First in My Family Scholarship Program - for Hispanic Americans who are first in their families to attend college
  • The Sallie Mae Fund American Dream Scholarship Program - for African-American students with demonstrated financial need
  • The Sallie Mae 9/11 Education Fund - for children of those who were killed or permanently disabled as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001
  • Website: www.thesalliemaefund.org

Sallie Mae's Free Online Scholarship

This is a college planning information site that helps with financial aid planning.

Scholarships on the Net

This website provides links to various scholarships and information for applying.

Sports Scholarships and Internships

This is an informational site with links for scholarships in the following areas:

  • Athletics
  • Post-graduate
  • Ethnic Minority and Women
  • Degree Completion
  • Website: www.ncaa.org

St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation

Various scholarships are offered through St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation for students who are pursuing careers in the health care field. Some scholarships are available for students out of high school and re-entering college. Other scholarships require students to be currently enrolled at a specific level in a college or technical school.

Students from the following counties are eligible: Yellowstone, Big Horn, Fergus, Golden Valley, Musselshell, Wheatland, Petroleum, Judith Basin, Sweet Grass, Stillwater, Custer, and Carbon. Students must have a 3.00 GPA. Preference will be given to students who have financial aid needs.

Applications and additional information may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office or by accessing the website.

Student Assistance Foundation Access Circle Grant

The Student Assistance Foundation of Montana will award 15 $1,000 grants to Montana students who have successfully completed at least one year of post-secondary education and have at least a 2.50 GPA. Deadline to apply is November 15.


StudentScholarships.org is a scholarship database listing many scholarships. Award amounts, eligibility criteria, and deadlines vary by scholarship.

Talbot's Women's Scholarship Fund

Applicants to the 2014 Talbots Women´s Scholarship Program must:

  • Be women currently residing in the United States or Canada;
  • Be women who have earned a high school diploma or their GED;
  • Be enrolled or planning to enroll in a full- or part-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited 2- or 4-year college, university, or vocational-technical school;
  • Be attending the full 2014-2015 academic year and receiving a degree no earlier than May 2015;
  • Have at least two semesters (24 credit hours or more) remaining to complete an undergraduate degree as of the beginning of the 2014 fall academic term.

Applications are available online starting November 20, 2013, at www.talbots.com/scholarship. The deadline for applications is Monday, January 20, 2014. Only the first 5,000 eligible applications received will be processed.

Tiffani Huseby Memorial Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a student who is seeking a career in the mental health and/or drug and alcohol rehabilitation profession with intent to practice in eastern Montana and western North Dakota. Applicants must have and maintain a 3.00 GPA to qualify and keep the scholarship. 

  • Deadline: April 15
  • If you have questions or would like an application, please email raeann@midrivers.com

Troops To Teachers

The Troops to Teachers (TTT) program helps qualified military personnel make the transition from the armed services to service in the classrooms of our schools.
Applicants must be:

  • Retired or on active duty with an approved retirement date;
  • Separated due to service-connected physical disability after January 8, 2002;
  • Currently serving in a drilling reserve component with at least 10 years to retirement; OR
  • Immediately transitioning to drilling reserve after minimum of six years of active duty.

TTT provides a $5,000 stipend available to qualified veterans, active duty, guard, and reserve personnel to defray costs of accredited teacher preparation programs or participants who incur a commitment to teach in a high school district for three years.

TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship

One of Charter One's core values is community service. To reward student leaders who have invested time and energy into making their community a better place, Charter One is awarding the TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship to students who demonstrate the difference they have made in their communities through volunteering. This year, the contest is open to students nationwide and the number of scholarships awarded is increasing to 40. With a total prize allocation of $50,000, they are awarding (1) $5,000 grand prize, (4) $2,500 second prizes and (35) $1,000 third prizes. Please visit their website for more information about the application process.

Tylenol Scholarships

Scholarships are offered to undergraduate and graduate students in health-related fields of study. Apply to receive one of 20 $5,000 grants or 150 $1,000 grants. Please visit their website for more information and the application.

Union Sponsored Scholarships and Aid

Scholarships listed on national, international, state, and local levels for members and family members of various unions.

United Church of Christ (UCC) Undergraduate Scholarship

The United Church is offering a variety of scholarships to deserving students. Award amounts, eligibility criteria, and deadlines vary by scholarship

United Methodist Communications Scholarships

The United Methodist Communications foundation offers the following scholarships and fellowships:

  • The Judith Weidman Racial Ethnic Minority Fellowship is awarded to one recent college/seminary graduate each year. The recipient will spend a year being mentored and working as part of a communications staff in an annual conference office in the U.S. 
  • The Stoody-West Scholarship is a $6,000 awarded to a United Methodist student in post-graduate study at an accredited U.S. college or university who intends to pursue a career in religious journalism.
  • The Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship is a $2,500 scholarship for an undergraduate student in religious journalism/mass communications.

Applications may be obtained in the Financial Aid Office or by accessing the website.

United Methodist Ethnic Scholarship

Applicants must be of African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American/Alaskan Indian, or Pacific Islander descent (at least one parent), be a full and active member of the United Methodist Church, and be a U.S. citizen. Applicants also need to establish financial need, be enrolled in undergraduate studies in an accredited institution, and have a GPA of 2.50 or higher. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office. 

  • Deadline: May 1

United Methodist Higher Education Foundation

The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation annually allocates a $1,000 scholarship each for a freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior (four-year colleges and college preparatory schools). Please visit the Financial Aid Office for an application and more information.

United Methodist Higher Education Foundation-Dollars for Scholars Program

In partnership with local churches and United Methodist-related institutions of higher education, UMHEF continues to offer Double Your Dollars and Triple Your Dollars opportunities. Application deadline is March 15.

The United Methodist Scholarship Program

Students need to complete only one application.
An applicant must be:

  • An active, full member of a United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to applying
  • A citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. (for most programs)
  • Admitted to a full-time degree program in an accredited college/university
  • Maintaining a grade point average of 2.50 or above

The United Methodist Student Loan Program is also available. 

For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

United Negro College Fund Merck Science Initiative

Undergraduate Awards:

  • $25,000 - up to 15 awards
  • $10,000 - summer internship stipend - two awards

Must be:

  • African-American (non-Hispanic)
  • Junior - degree candidate
  • Life or physical science major - interested in bio-medical research
  • Minimum GPA 3.30
  • Committed to two 10-12 week summer internships at a Merck research facility
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Deadline: December 15

Graduate Awards:

  • $40,000 as follows:
    • Fellowship stipend $30,000
    • Department grant $10,000

Must be:

  • African-American (non-Hispanic)
  • Enrolled full-time in a Ph.D. program in life or physical sciences
  • Engaged in and within one to three years of completing dissertation research
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Deadline: December 15
  • Website: www.uncf.org

U.S. Bank Scholarships

U.S. Bank is offering 40 scholarships valued at $1,000 each to college students who are enrolled or plan to enroll full-time in a two- or four-year college or university.

USA Funds Access to Education Scholarship

Up to $3 million nationwide in renewable scholarships are given to students with economic need. Up to 50 percent of awards are targeted to members of ethnic minority groups or individuals with physical disabilities.

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation administers need-based grants for Vermont residents. Grants can be used at colleges throughout the country as long as the college is approved by the U.S. Department of Education for participation in the Title IV student aid programs.

Veterans' Education Fund

This is a privately funded scholarship organization for veterans who served after September 11, 2001, and are now enrolled in a college or vocational-technical school.

Veterans Educational & Training Assistance Fund

Allan Blood and the Australian-American Energy Company are offering grants of $500 to supplement the United States GI Bill. All enrolled Apsaalooke veterans who have received an honorable discharge and are currently utilizing GI Bill funding to further education and training are eligible to apply.

For more information and application forms, please visit the Financial Aid Office.

Wally McClure Student Fisheries Scholarship

The Montana chapter of the American Fisheries Society will be presenting the Wally McClure Student Fisheries Scholarship this February at their annual meeting in Billings. The McClure Scholarship will be awarded to a student(s) pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in aquatic natural resources from a university/college in Montana with a research project focused on native fisheries conservation, management, or habitat restoration.

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship

This is a $2,500 - $5,000 scholarship, and the winner must complete a summer internship (10-12 weeks) at the District of Columbia office of Aspen Institute based on:

  • Education level
  • Minority groups
  • Philanthropy
  • Financial need
  • Academic excellence
  • Volunteerism
  • Time commitment
  • Grad/Undergrad
  • Non-profit organization
  • Hearst scholar
  • Grant writing
  • Outreach

Must have:

  • Research skills
  • Background in social sciences or humanities
  • Writing and communications skills
  • Financial need

Winston L. Cox Memorial Scholarship

The Winston L. Cox Memorial Scholarship is a merit scholarship awarded to students majoring in economics, business administration, or accountancy with overall grade point averages of 3.25 or better. Scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500 will be awarded to successful candidates. Freshman applicants must have completed one course in the economics and business administration department by the end of their freshman year. The scholarship is awarded annually and is not automatically renewed. Applicants must write, in 500 words or less, an essay discussing their philosophy of ethics in business.

For more information and application forms, please visit the Financial Aid Office.

  • Deadline: March 1

Wired Scholar Free Scholarship Search

This Sallie Mae website is a free scholarship search site with 2.4 million scholarships listed.

WorldNomads.com Travel Photography Scholarship

WorldNomads.com, in conjunction with National Geographic Channel, is offering the opportunity for a student to travel with one of their photographers to a foreign country for a seven-day assignment. The scholarship winner will receive $2,000 worth of Pentax photographic equipment, plus have their best photos published on the National Geographic Channel. Interested applicants must submit no more than five photos that tell a story about a place they have visited.

YCLA Scholarship Program

The Yellowstone County Lodging Association (YCLA) is awarding two annual $1,000 scholarships. Applicants must have completed at least one year at an institution of higher education, be considering a career in the hospitality industry, and must be a past or present employee in the hospitality industry. For more information and the application, please visit their website.

The Yellowstone Valley Chapter - Society for Human Resource Management

Human resource students taking six or more credits are invited to apply for $100 scholarships that include a one year YVCSHRM membership, a one-year national SHRM membership and SHRM magazine subscription, YVCSHRM monthly program and lunches, and networking with YVCSHRM professionals at monthly meetings. Applicants are required to complete the national student application, local chapter application, and type a letter explaining their interest in becoming a student member of SHRM, including ways it will benefit their career in the HR field. If you have any questions, contact preuss@msubillings.edu or call 657.2168.

Submit printed materials to:

  • Patricia Reuss, College Relations Chair, MSU-B
    1500 University Dr.
    Billings, MT 59101


This scholarship is available to women who plan to enter or continue at any college, university, or trade school.
Applicant qualifications:

  • Unmet financial need
  • Activities indicating dedication to the mission of the YWCA: peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people and the elimination of racism.
  • Cumulative GPA 3.00
  • Resident of Montana
  • Deadline: February 20
  • Website: www.ywcabillings.org

Student Grant Opportunities