• Scholarship News Scoop #4 (January 2024)

    Financial Aid Information

    The 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA forms for the current senior class is available online. The information needed on the FAFSA form will be based on your and your parents’ tax information from 2022. Before you can apply for FAFSA you and your parents must create a PIN. You can do this at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. File your FAFSA now!

    Time to Register - Selective Service and You

    All male United States citizens and male aliens residing in the U.S. and its territories must register with Selective Service within the period starting 30 days before and ending 30 days after their 18th birthday. Log on to www.sss.gov, and you can register in about 5 minutes. If you have any questions or need assistance, please see Mr. Budeski in the Advisement Center.

    Montana University System Honors Scholarship

    All seniors will be mailed information about the MUS Honor Scholarship within the next couple of weeks. The MUS Honor Scholarship is a 4-year renewable scholarship that waives the recipient’s tuition when used at an eligible campus. Applying for the scholarship is a multi-step process. You must complete each of the following steps by the deadline for your application to be considered complete.
    1. Take the ACT or SAT by December of your senior year.
    2. Apply to and be accepted by one of the eligible campuses
    3. Register at www.mus.edu/scholarships
    4. Have Mrs. Lowry complete the application section to verify that you are on track to meet the Rigorous Core requirement.
    5. Submit your application online, along with required documents, before March 15th. Please see Mrs. Lowry if you have any questions! *You can apply for all three MUS scholarships (Honor Scholarship, Merit Scholarship, and STEM scholarship) at this site.

    Montana State University Scholarships

    MSU Premier Scholarship Program

    Hundreds of renewable scholarships between $1,000 and $4,000 will be available to freshmen entering Montana State University. If you are planning on attending MSU next year, visit www.montana.edu/admissions/premierscholarship/ to access the application. The priority deadline is February 1, 2024.

    Montana STEM Scholarship

    This $6,000 scholarship will be awarded to those students seeking a STEM or Healthcare field degree. Applicants must meet specific math and science high school credit requirements and be accepted by an eligible Montana campus. Application and eligibility requirements can be found at www.mus.edu/scholarships. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2024.

    Husted Endowed Scholarship

    The Husted Endowed Scholarship is available to graduates of Great Falls High School, C.M. Russell High School, and Great Falls Central Catholic High School who have declared a program of study at the College of Business with a preference toward Business and Finance majors. The recipient must be a full-time student enrolled for a minimum of 15 credits per semester, must have and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, show evidence of campus/community involvement/civic engagement, and demonstrate financial need. Visit https://msubillings.academicworks.com/opportunities/5215 Deadline to apply is February 1, 2024.

    Montana Private Colleges

    University of Providence Scholarships
    The University of Providence will award Academic Merit Scholarships and Competitive Academic Awards. Information and applications are available at https://www.uprovidence.edu/financial-services/scholarships/

    Carroll College Scholarships
    Carroll College will be offering several merit scholarships and a Montana Advantage Award to incoming freshmen. Visit https://www.carroll.edu/scholarships-aid/scholarships-new-students for scholarship opportunities at this venerable Montana institution.

    Montana Tech Scholarships

    Montana Tech offers approximately $1 million in scholarships to incoming freshmen. https://www.mtech.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/index.html

    GFPS Foundation Scholarships

    Great Falls families, alumni, and organizations generously fund yearly scholarships to graduating high school seniors each year. The Foundation is proud to administer these local scholarships representing over $350,000 in awards each year. The scholarships are awarded to best reflect the wishes of the donors and the needs of students. The following scholarships are available at http://tinyurl.com/scholarships-gfpsfoundation. You will have to create an account, but once you enter your information, it will pre-populate for each scholarship.

    *The deadline for all GFPS Foundation scholarships is February 15 at 5 PM. NO EXCEPTIONS!

    Hoppock Memorial Scholarship
    The Hoppock Memorial Scholarship was established by Susan Avery in recognition of her mother’s encouragement and support as she followed her dream of becoming a doctor. Scholarship criteria:

    • Show financial need.
    • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    • Demonstrate good citizenship.
    • Pursue a degree in math or science.

    Wilford and Lillian Lemire Scholarship
    The essence of this scholarship is to provide an opportunity for students who show diligence, work ethic, and the ability to work hard towards a goal. This is a renewable, four-year scholarship. Students must maintain a 2.8 GPA to remain eligible for the scholarship. Scholarship criteria:

    • Show financial need.
    • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher.
    • Exhibit reasonable citizenship, diligence, and hard work as determined by the review committee.
    • Participate in at least one school-sponsored sport and one extracurricular activity in each year of high school.
    • Attend a Montana college or university.

    Bertha Feaster Scholarship
    A four-year renewable scholarship (approximately $3,000 annually) is being offered to students who meet the following criteria:

    • Show a need for financial assistance.
    • Earn a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better and maintain a 2.7 GPA or higher in college to remain eligible.
    • Procure a letter of recommendation from a teacher and a non-family member.
    • Demonstrate good citizenship and course rigor.
    • Attend a public or private school in Montana.
    • The award may not be paired with any other large scholarship.

    Eidel Family Scholarship
    The Eidel family scholarship was established to honor a CMR senior who exemplifies the true Rustler spirit of being a well-rounded student. This scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates integrity, character, strength, determination and care for others. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
    • Must show school and community involvement through three letter of recommendation and a resume.
    • Must write a 250-word essay discussing post-secondary plans and beyond.

    Great Falls Leadership Scholarship 

    This scholarship was established on the belief that the leadership of our next generation is key to our kids’ and community’s future. A scholarship is being offered to seniors who must:

    • Exhibit reasonable citizenship, diligence, and hard work.
    • Earn a 3.0 GPA or better
    • Provide proof of financial need
    • Procure letters of recommendation from two teachers and two non-family members
    • Attend a Montana college
    • Not have received another large scholarship (determined by school counselors).

    Sisters United Scholarship

    Candice English of The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers created Sisters United, a monthly collaborative initiative to support Indigenous Women, Children, and Communities along with organizations that focus on supporting Murdered and Missing Indigenous People. Through this initiative, we have created a yearly scholarship in honor of Ashley Heavy Runner and Jermaine Charlo, both young Indigenous women who have been missing since August 2016. The scholarship award is $5,000, which is divided into semesters. This scholarship is open to both male and female students. This is a two-year renewable scholarship as long as the recipient maintains a 2.5 GPA. Scholarship criteria:

    • Attend any accredited technical, 2-year, or 4-year institution. 
    • Earn a minimum 2.5 GPA in the first semester of college to receive the second-semester award.
    • Show proof of enrollment or membership in a Montana Indian Tribe.
    • Earn at least a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
    • Show involvement in extracurricular activities, community service, OR after-school employment.
    • Must provide a letter of recommendation from a non-family member. An additional letter is optional.

    Shelby Lorena Eve Memorial Nursing Scholarship
    This $1,000 scholarship was established to honor Shelby Lorena Eve, a 2014 CMR graduate who died of ovarian cancer at the age of 23. Shelby battled cancer for eight months. During that time, she and her family were fortunate enough to have crossed paths with many compassionate bedside nurses who cared for Shelby as if she were their sister. The impact these nurses had on the family impelled them to create this scholarship. The requirements are a 3.0 GPA or above and enrollment in a nursing program.

    The David J. Delcomte Memorial Scholarship
    This $1,000 scholarship is available to either a C.M. Russell or Great Falls High School student who can demonstrate through a 500-word essay that they meet the merits of this character-based scholarship: hard-working, selfless, respectful, honorable, encouraging, and a leader. The applicant must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, be involved in extracurricular activities (preference to HOSA students), and provide two letters of recommendation.

    D.W. Loney Memorial Scholarship
    The D.W. Loney Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to one graduating student from both CMR and Great Falls High School. Applicants need to have been involved in high school sports and organized activities, have financial needs, and display acts of volunteerism. Students may pursue post-secondary education at any accredited school either in-state or out-of-state. Scholarship requirements are:

    • Two $1,750 scholarships will be offered, one at GFH and one at CMR.
    • Student must participate in two or more organized activities, one of which must be a high school sport.
    • Student must have a GPA of 2.5 or above.
    • Student must demonstrate financial need.
    • Student must show a commitment to volunteerism.
    • Student must submit two letters of recommendation.

    Dave Crum Scholarship
    Great Falls Public School Foundation's current and former board members, generous donors, and Crum family members funded this scholarship. It is in recognition of Mr. Crum's serving as the first executive director of the Foundation. Dave provided direction and expertise for ten years to the Foundation for enhancing the purpose of high-quality teaching and life-long learning for students in Great Falls Public Schools. His impactful work benefitted students and teachers by creating new programs and better facilities. This is a $2,000 scholarship and can be used to attend school in-state or out-of-state. Scholarship Requirements:

    • Students must submit two letters of recommendation, one from a teacher and one from a tennis coach
    • Students must have a GPA of 3.2 or above. 
    • Students must have played tennis for three years and have earned at least one varsity letter.

    Great Falls Farmers’ Market Scholarship
    The origin of the Great Falls Original Farmers' Market dates back to the 1970s when Hutterite colonies sold their produce door-to-door. In the late 1970s, a handful of colonies and local farmers began setting up by the Civic Center, and thus began the unofficial Great Falls Farmers' Market. Today, the Great Falls Original Farmers' Market boasts it is the biggest and best farmers’ market in Montana with 135–160 vendors every Saturday. The Farmer's Market is offering three $1,000 and three $500 scholarships, one of which will go to a GFH graduate, and one for a CMR graduate. Scholarship Requirements:

    • Must show involvement in community activities.
    • Applicant must demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit.
    • Applicant must submit two letters of recommendation.

    Jason V. Christofferson Memorial Scholarship                                                                                                                                          This is a $1,000 scholarship established to honor the life of Jason Christofferson, a 2002 CMR graduate who loved math and loved helping others understand math concepts. This scholarship will go to a student who excels in the field of math and is pursuing a career in a math-related field. Scholarship Requirements:

    • Minimum GPA 3.5
    • Must demonstrate proficiency in and a commitment to mathematics in high school.
    • Must be pursuing a career in a math-related field.
    • Must demonstrate involvement in the community, school activities, and/or work.
    • Must provide a letter of recommendation from a math teacher.

    Sallie Hollecker Linnell Memorial Scholarship
    This $1,000 scholarship was established by the Linnell Family to honor wife and mother Sallie Linnell who passed away in 2012. Sallie was a teacher who valued the importance of a quality education. This scholarship may be used in-state or out-of-state at a two-year or four-year university for any field of study. Student must show proof of financial need (net family income must fall below MT Median Family Income for 2019, $54,970) as verified by page one of the previous year’s tax return and a written essay. Primary consideration will be given to need; however, the student’s academic standing and GPA will also be considered. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA and be enrolled as full-time students to receive the scholarship in subsequent years.

    The Louise Hollar Clarke Memorial Golf Scholarship
    This $1,000 scholarship was established in memory of Louise Hollar Clarke who was an avid golfer, business owner, and a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. The scholarship is supported through the Louise Hollar Clarke Memorial Golf Scholarship Tournament. The scholarship will provide financial assistance to a Great Falls public high school graduate who has played two years of varsity golf and wishes to pursue higher education at a Montana college or university. Scholarship Requirements:

    • Must have played on the varsity golf team for at least two years
    • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
    • Must have two letters of recommendation, one from a teacher and one from the student’s golf coach

    Kent Seaton Family Scholarship                                                                                                                                                               This $1,000 scholarship was established by the Seaton Family in memory of Kent Seaton who deeply believed in the value of education beyond high school, particularly to those students who may not have the financial means to attend college. This scholarship is offered in two installments of $1,000 to a student who is pursuing an education in engineering with preference given to students who are pursuing civil engineering or electrical engineering degrees. This is an in-state-only scholarship. Scholarship Requirements:

    • Must demonstrate financial need
    • Must have at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA
    • Must provide a resume showing school and community activities
    • Must submit two letters of recommendation - teacher/non-family member

    Seaton Family Scholarship for Healthcare                                                                                                                                                This $1,000 scholarship was established by the Seaton Family to help a student who is pursuing an education in the healthcare field. This is an in-state-only scholarship. Scholarship Requirements:

    • Must demonstrate financial need
    • Must have at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA
    • Must provide a resume showing school and community activities
    • Must submit two letters of recommendation - teacher/non-family member

    Great Falls Soroptimist Club                                                                                                                                                                      This $1,000 scholarship is for a female pursuing any field who demonstrates financial need. More info is located on the GFPS Foundation website.

    Cascade County Bar Association Scholarship
    CCBA is awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a student who plans on a career in the legal field. Scholarship requirements:

    • Must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
    • Must be pursuing a career in the legal field
    • Must attend a 2- or 4-year college or university (in-state or out)

    Miscellaneous Scholarships

    Montana Food Distributors Association Scholarship
    The Montana Food Distributors Association scholarship is for students who are associated with the food industry through either employment or family relationships within the industry. Applicants will be judged on grades, financial need, accomplishments, letters of reference, and an essay written by the applicant. Applications are available in the Advisement Center. The application deadline is March 18, 2024.

    Horatio Alger Scholarship
    The Horatio Alger Association seeks to assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, a good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education, and a desire to contribute to society. Scholarships range from $10,000 to $25,000. Several scholarships are available and each has unique qualifications and deadlines, so APPLY EARLY. Applications are available at: www.horatioalger.org/scholarships

    Montana Community Foundation Scholarship
    Applications for the Montana Community Foundation’s scholarship program are now available online at www.mtcf.org/applications. Awards range from $500 - $20,000 and all awards are designated to specifically benefit Montana students. Applications are due by March 15th. Check out the website to see if you qualify.

    Youth Serve Montana Scholarship
    Up to one hundred high school seniors will be selected to receive a $1,000 to $1,500 scholarship for their volunteer service in their respective communities. Qualifying students will have completed 50-100 hours or more of volunteer service within the last 12 months. Applications close on January 31, 2024, so hurry to apply. Visit https://serve.mt.gov/ServeMontana/youth-serve-montana-scholarships

    Great Falls Legion of Honor Scholarship                                                                                                                                                   Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to two Cascade County high school seniors who have an immediate family member that has an affiliation with a Masonic Organization. Qualifying students must submit a letter of educational goals, two letters of reference, and a transcript before February 15th. Awards are limited to a branch of the Montana University System. Winners will be announced in August. Applications are available in the Advisement Center.

    Montana Jaycee Foundation Scholarship
    Each year, the U.S. Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Foundation grants $1,500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education at accredited post-secondary colleges, universities, or vocational schools. Student must have a 3.75 GPA or above and provide a financial statement, personal statement, school and community involvement statement, references, and college letter of acceptance. Apply at www.usjcisenate.org (click the Scholarship Program link) before January 19, 2024.

    Scholarships for Military Children
    Each year this program awards hundreds of scholarships to qualified seniors planning to enroll in a four-year program of studies the following fall. Applications will be available after December 14, 2023 at www.militaryscholar.org. The application for the Defense Commissary Scholarship and other scholarships for military dependents are located at this link. There will be at least one recipient ($2,000) selected at every commissary location where qualified applications are received. Application closes on February 14, 2024.

    Elks National Foundation Legacy Award
    The Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards scholarship contest awards one-year, $4,000 scholarships to children and grandchildren of Elk members who are high school seniors, going on to college, and exhibiting the core values of the Elks National Foundation: Knowledge, Charity, Community, and Integrity. Applications are available online at https://www.elks.org/scholars/default.cfm?m=programs. The deadline is February 5, 2024.

    National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarships                                                                                                    Each year the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) awards multiple scholarships to male and female students showing dedication to the pursuit of higher education in diverse areas of study including history, economics, law, political science, medicine, nursing, occupational and physical therapy, elementary and secondary education, chemistry, math, science and English. Visit https://www.dar.org/national-society/scholarships from November 1, 2023 to January 31, 2024 to find the right scholarship for you.

    Black Mountain Software Scholarship                                                                                                                                                       Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to Montana seniors who will be attending an accredited institution of higher education, regardless of their field of study. These accredited institutions include trade schools, technical schools, colleges, or universities. Students must submit a 500-word essay on “How will you make a difference in our world?” Go to https://support.blackmountainsoftware.com/scholarship.html. All submissions must be emailed on or before April 15, 2024.

    MSU Music Performance Scholarship                                                                                                                                                        Any student with high school music experience attending MSU is invited to apply for this scholarship, which averages $2,000 a year. Application deadline is February 1. Go to www.montana.edu/music/scholarships/index.html Students who participate in the Spirt of the West Marching Band earn credit toward graduation and are awarded a scholarship/tuition waiver up to $8,000 over four years. Go to www.montana.edu/music/sotw/index.html

    Montana Academy of Salons
    A $1,000 scholarship is available to students graduating in 2024. Applicant must start in June, July, or August 2024 class. Students must have a 2.0 GPA and provide a brief essay. Scholarships are available in the Advisement Center.

    CHECK OUT THIS SITE. Reach Higher has so much to offer - scholarships, FAFSA information, financial advice - YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT THIS SITE. You won’t be sorry. https://www.reachhighermontana.org/ Also www.studentscholarships.org offers several scholarships.