Montana Scholarships and College Information

Scholarships and programs for girls (and many for boys, too)

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We have gathered a list of scholarships available to Montana students. The Montana Girls STEM Collaborative Project does not have ownership over any scholarships listed. For more information, please visit the website and contact each program directly. Also check out the list PowerHouse Montana of the Women's Foundation of Montana has created by visiting this website. Scholarship opportunities have been organized into the following categories: 

Middle School and High School students

High School seniors 

Undergraduate and Graduate students

Other opportunities and More Resources for STEM Scholarships

Opportunities for Middle School and High School Students

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Youth Scholar's Program is a selective pre-college scholarship for high-performing 7th grade students with financial need. Interested in learning more about CLEP? This site includes info about Career-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams, including what they are, who should take them, test prep, expert advice, and the benefits to students as they transition to college. Former teacher and current education consultant Susan Landry contributed her knowledge and expertise to the guide. 

Opportunities for High School students

Montana Community Foundation: We're all about Montana's future. Through the power of permanently endowed funds, we help people achieve their philanthropic goals and nonprofit organizations establish stable incomes to support their efforts. Our mission is to cultivate a culture of giving so Montana communities can flourish. For most scholarships, students can begin applying online January 1, with the closing date for most applications being March 18. Scholarship awards generally range between $500 and $5,000, some of which are renewable for multiple years. 

Porch.com offers scholarships four times per year for 18+ high school seniors or those in a community college, technical college, vocational program, undergraduate or graduate program. Eligible to those pursuing a degree that helps you or others in your community learn a new trade, develop skills or technology, or start a small business related to the home services offered by Porch. 

LA Tutors awards students who showcase their creativity and make positive impacts with a $500 Innovation in Education scholarship. On an ongoing monthly basis, this scholarship is open to all currently enrolled high school and college students who showcase their creativity while helping those around them (whether that be in a creative fundraiser, inventive new app, series of blog posts on a particular theme, or another idea). The application deadline is 11:59 pm PST on the 20th of each month. Must be currently enrolled in high school or college.

Horatio Alger Montana undergrad scholarship: This program is specifically aimed at students who have confronted and overcome adversity in their young lives. 50 students from across Montana will be selected to each receive a $12,000 scholarship and have the honor of being named as a Horatio Alger Montana Scholar. The Horatio Alger Montana scholarship closes each year on March 15 for high school seniors.

Davidson Institute for Talent Development: Davidson Fellows Scholarshps - The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work. 

College Scholarship ProgramThe Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, up to 40 students will become Jack Kent Cooke Scholars and have access to funding for up to four years for undergraduate studies.

Best Value School: This is a college scholarship for high school seniors. The BVS scholarship committee will review applications and make final selections based on academic achievement, participation in school and/or community activities, and how well the personal essay highlights the applicant’s career aspirations as a female in a STEM career.

Science Ambassador Scholarship: A full tuition scholarship for a woman seeking an undergraduate degree in science, engineering, or math, funded by Cards Against Humanity. Scholarship funds will be provided from Cards Against Humanity’s Science Pack—a 30–card expansion pack co–authored with Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal’s Zach Weinersmith and Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait.The winner of the Science Ambassador Scholarship will receive full tuition coverage for up to four years.

High school STEM scholarship for aspiring commercial drone pilots

Perlego Leaders in Tech Scholarship: Awarding a $20,000 scholarship to a student from a disadvantaged background who is interested in studying computer science, and who we believe has the potential to become a future leader in our industry. More scholarships from Perlego available here.

Opportunities for Undergraduate and Graduate students

Montana State University College of Engineering Scholarships

Montana State University Computer Science Scholarships

Helena College scholarships - many for STEM fields!

$500 scholarships for a Montanan majoring in a horticulture-related field 

TransgenderFirst is the first national scholarship exclusively dedicated to helping underserved Transgender students get affordable access to a college education. Applicants must identify as Transgender, plan to pursue a degree, or currently pursuing a degree, at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution, have a high school diploma or GED, and be a U.S. Citizen. Deadline Dec. 31.

LA Tutors awards students who showcase their creativity and make positive impacts with a $500 Innovation in Education scholarship. On an ongoing monthly basis, this scholarship is open to all currently enrolled high school and college students who showcase their creativity while helping those around them (whether that be in a creative fundraiser, inventive new app, series of blog posts on a particular theme, or another idea). The application deadline is 11:59 pm PST on the 20th of each month. Must be currently enrolled in high school or college.

The Dotcom-Monitor Women in Computing Scholarship is open to female students currently enrolled as full-time undergraduate students at an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada for the academic year. Applicants should have either already declared their major or have completed at least one academic year in computer science, computer engineering, or closely related technical field. Funded by Dotcom-Monitor, and their load testing tool, LoadView. 

Undergraduate Transfer ScholarshipThe Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship makes it possible for the nation’s top community college students to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring to a selective four-year college or university. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year to each of approximately 85 deserving students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.

American Public Transportation Foundation Scholarship Program: The American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) furthers its mission of increasing and retaining the number of individuals choosing the transit field as a career, and APTF will award a minimum of twenty (20) scholarships of at least $2,500 each to college sophmores, juniors and seniors in public transportation industry-related fields of study. Renewals of previous scholarships are also available. Awards cover the academic year and assist with tuition costs or other educational expenses. All applicants must be sponsored by an APTA member. 

BHW ScholarshipScholarship is open to women who are pursuing an undergraduate or master's degree and are majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. 

Society of Women Engineers: SWE Scholarships support women pursuing ABET-accredited bachelor or graduate student programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science in the United States. 

ExcedrOpportunity for STEM graduate students working in a laboratory. Offering 5 $1500 scholarships to eligible graduate students. 

More Opportunities and Resources for STEM Scholarships

Aviation Scholarships: Montana is very fortunate to have many generous individuals and organizations that believe in promoting aviation by offering monetary assistance to qualified persons. The Aeronautics Division assists in administering some of these scholarships and encourages participation. The scholarships are offered to Montanans to help defray costs of education (i.e., flight instruction, A&P, etc.) and will be presented during the annual Montana Aviation Conference in Helena.

EduBirdie: Scholarships for Women and Girls

Searchable Portals for STEM Scholoarship opportunities

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student seeking opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)? The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science -- in collaboration with the participating agencies in the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM) and the Science.gov Alliance -- has launched a search portal for both students and universities to discover federally sponsored STEM education training and funding opportunities. Student users can search the site for opportunities they can apply to directly, such as research internships and fellowships. Likewise, universities can search the site for federal funding opportunities to establish innovative training programs for undergraduates or graduate students.

For programs and opportunities for undergraduates, visit http://stemundergrads.science.gov/.

For graduate programs and opportunities, visit http://stemgradstudents.science.gov/.

 

Additional websites

http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/women-in-stem/

http://www.collegescholarships.org/women.htm

http://www.scholarshipsforwomen.net/science/

https://www.engineergirl.org/GetThere/Scholarships.aspx

http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/women.aspx

https://www.eddprograms.org/schools/science-education/

https://teach.com/resources/supporting-women-in-business/