The Western Undergraduate Exchange Scholarship

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarship is a highly competitive, academic, merit-based scholarship. The scholarship committee will automatically evaluate students from WUE States for the WUE Scholarship based on the application for admission. 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. Awarding begins November 15. The WUE Scholarship amount represents 150 percent of Montana resident tuition and fees rather than the full nonresident tuition and fees.

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

  • 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.

*If awarded the WUE Scholarship, you are not eligible to receive the Leadership, Service and Achievement Scholarship (LAS).


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

New Student Scholarship Reconsideration Form