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Scholarships

A college education is worth the investment, that’s why the University of Montana awards hundreds of scholarships to support students who show academic promise and potential. Students are only considered for scholarship eligibility if they are admitted for a spring or fall term.

Montana Resident Scholarship Opportunities

Montana Resident Entering Student Scholarship Program

Deadline: December 31

The Montana Resident Entering Student Scholarship Program draws together many endowed scholarships and donations into a single scholarship pool. New freshman and new transfer students are eligible. The application for admission to the University of Montana will also be the student’s application for a UM General Scholarship for all students who submit a complete application by December 31.

Apply early! We strive to provide awards to qualified applicants, however, resources are limited.

Freshman

For Fall 2014, you may qualify for a yearly scholarship, renewable for 4 years if you meet the following criteria:

Test ScoreSAT
2260-2400
or ACT
34-36
SAT
2040-2250
or ACT
31-33
SAT
1860-2030
or ACT
28-30
SAT
1700-1850
or ACT
25-27
SAT
1530-1690
or ACT
22-24
SAT
1350-1520
or ACT
19-21
SAT
1200-1340
or ACT
16-18
SAT
1190-below
or ACT
15-below
Unweighted Cumulative High School GPA
3.90-4.0$2,000$2,000$2,000$2,000$2,000$1,500$1,500$1,000
3.70-3.89$2,000$2,000$2,000$2,000$1,500$1,500$1,000$1,000
3.50-3.69$2,000$2,000$2,000$1,500$1,500$1,000$1,000
3.30-3.49$2,000$2,000$1,500$1,500$1,000$1,000
3.00-3.29$2,000$1,500$1,500$1,000$1,000
2.90-2.99$1,500$1,500$1,000$1,000
2.70-2.89$1,500$1,000$1,000
2.50-2.69$1,000$1,000
2.30-2.49$1,000

Transfer

For Fall 2014, you may qualify for:

  • $2,000 2-year renewable scholarship with a 3.30 or higher Transfer Cumulative GPA
  • $1,500 2-year renewable scholarship with a 2.90 – 3.29 Transfer Cumulative GPA

The Horatio Alger Montana Scholarship Program

The Horatio Alger Montana Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to eligible high school seniors in the state of Montana who aspire to pursue higher education at the University of Montana. This scholarship will be awarded according to the terms set by Horatio Alger.

For detailed information and a complete list of eligibility requirements, please visit the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation website at www.dpwfoundation.org.

Non-Resident Scholarship Opportunities

Non-Resident Entering Student Scholarship Program

Priority Deadline: December 31

Complete the University of Montana Application for Undergraduate Admission to apply. All new incoming students will be automatically considered for scholarships through the UM Entering Student Scholarship Program which also includes the Western Undergraduate Exchange Scholarship (WUE). These scholarships are awarded based on a completed admissions application; no additional application is required. The Scholarship Committee will evaluate each application and award students the single scholarship that best matches their academic accomplishments.

Apply early! We strive to provide awards to qualified applicants, however, resources are limited.

Freshman

For Fall 2014, you may qualify for a yearly scholarship, renewable for 4 years if you meet the following criteria:

Test ScoreSAT 1860-2400
or ACT 28-36
SAT 1700-1850
or ACT 25-27
SAT 1540-1690
or ACT 22-24
SAT 1530-below
or ACT 21-below
Unweighted Cumulative
High School GPA
3.80-4.00$10,000*$7,500*$7,500*$6,000
3.70-3.79$10,000*$7,500*$6,000$6,000
3.50-3.69$7,500*$7,500*$6,000$6,000
3.0-3.49$7,500*$6,000$6,000$6,000
2.80-2.99$6,000$6,000$4,000
2.00-2.79$4,000$4,000$4,000

*If you are a resident of: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, ND, NM, NV, OR, SD, UT, WA or WY or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands you may be eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarship. (See below.)

Transfer

For Fall 2014, you may qualify for:

  • $5,000* renewable scholarship with a 3.40 or higher Transfer Cumulative GPA
  • $4,000 renewable scholarship with a 2.90 – 3.39 Transfer Cumulative GPA
  • $3,000 renewable scholarship with a 2.50 – 2.89 Transfer Cumulative GPA
  • $2,000 renewable scholarship with a 2.0 – 2.49 Transfer Cumulative GPA

*If you are a resident of: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, ND, NM, NV, OR, SD, UT, WA or WY or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands you may be eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarship. (See below.)

The Western Undergraduate Exchange Scholarship

Priority Deadline: December 31

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. Academic success is the primary factor in awarding of the WUE Scholarship. To be eligible for the WUE Scholarship students must apply for and be admitted to the University of Montana

The awarding of WUE will be determined based on the academic information provided on the application for undergraduate admission only. Student’s academic major will not have any effect in the awarding process. Priority will be given to applications postmarked by December 31. Students who apply after December 31 will be reviewed on a competitive basis. The WUE Scholarship amount represents 150 percent of Montana resident tuition and fees rather than the full nonresident tuition and fees.

Apply early! We strive to provide awards to qualified applicants, however, resources are limited.

Eligible applicants must be first time incoming students to the University of Montana (freshman or transfer) from:

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  • 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)

You do not need to apply for the WUE Scholarship, you will be automatically considered based on the academic information on your admission application.

Freshman

For Fall 2014, you may qualify for the WUE Scholarship if you meet the following criteria:

Test ScoreSAT 1860-2400
or ACT 28-36
SAT 1700-1850
or ACT 25-27
SAT 1540-1690
or ACT 22-24
Unweighted Cumulative
High School GPA
3.80-4.00WUEWUEWUE
3.70-3.79WUEWUE
3.50-3.69WUEWUE
3.0-3.49WUE

Transfer

For Fall 2014, you may qualify for the WUE Scholarship if you have a 3.40 or higher Transfer Cumulative GPA

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

The Davidson Honors College Presidential Leadership Scholarship

Deadline: December 31

The Presidential Leadership Scholarship is the University of Montana’s premier academic scholarship, recognizing outstanding talent, academic performance, and contribution to the community. Freshman who wish to apply for the Davidson Honors College Presidential Leadership Scholarship must complete the Davidson Honors College (DHC).

For more information, please refer to The Davidson Honors College application.

National Merit Scholarship

The University of Montana participates in the National Merit Scholarship Program and offers awards of $2,000 a year to finalists who have indicated UM as their first choice for attending college. Semi-finalists who enroll at UM receive an award of $1,000 a year. Interested students are encouraged to list UM as their first college choice. For questions please contact the Financial Aid Office by calling (406) 243-5373.

Army ROTC Scholarship

The University of Montana participates in the Army ROTC Scholarship programs through its Army ROTC unit. To receive an application for a four-year scholarship, contact your high school guidance office. Applications for two and three-year scholarship are available directly for the University of Montana ROTC department. If you have any questions or if you would like to receive an application please contact Army ROTC by calling (406) 243-ARMY (2769), collect calls accepted.

Intercollegiate Athletic Scholarships

If you are interested in becoming a student-athlete at the University of Montana, please contact the Athletic Department.

Academic Department Scholarships

Many of UM’s academic departments award scholarships to exceptionally talented students. You are encouraged to contact the department of interest by January to find out more about the scholarships and application process or, when available, look and apply for departmental scholarships online.

Learn more about UM Departmental Scholarships.

Other Scholarship Sources

Be sure to plan ahead for deadlines so that you have plenty of time to explore your scholarship options and apply. It’s also important that you take advantage of the resources available to you. To ensure that you are getting accurate scholarship information, check with your high school guidance counselor to see if they support a particular online scholarship search. Your local library or bookstore may also have scholarship books to help you find assistance.