Montana State University offers millions of dollars in merit scholarships and waivers to new students with excellent academic records and outstanding promise for student success. Our holistic review of scholarship candidates considers academic achievement, including test scores, GPA and class rank (if applicable). Leadership qualities, commitment to service, and promise of engagement in the life of Montana State University may also be considered for some awards. 

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2018/19 Freshman Scholarships and Awards

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MSU will be offering millions of dollars in merit scholarships and awards to new freshmen who enter MSU in 2018/2019. MSU freshman scholarships and awards are available to those seeking undergraduate bachelor degree programs only. See the links below for details.

Non-Resident Freshman Achievement, Distinction and WUE Awards
Up to $60,000 ($15,000 per year renewable depending upon test scores, grades and class rank) will be awarded to non-resident freshmen entering MSU in 2018/2019. Award amounts will vary from $1,000 per year to $15,000 per year renewable.

Resident Freshman Premier Scholarships
Montana State University will offer millions of dollars in scholarships and grants to talented Montana freshmen who enter MSU in 2018/2019.  Award amounts will vary up to $12,000 ($3,000 per year renewable depending upon test scores and grades).

2018/2019 Transfer Scholarships and Awards

MSU will be offering a limited number of scholarships and awards to new transfer students. These awards are only available to students who are working on their first undergraduate degree.

Non-Resident Transfer Achievement Award
Up to $15,000 (depending upon test scores and grades) will be awarded to new non-resident transfers entering MSU in 2018/2019. Awards may be limited. Apply early.

Resident Transfer Premier Scholarships
Up to $3,000 (depending upon test scores and grades) will be awarded to new resident transfers entering MSU in 2018/2019.

Other Scholarship Programs

Presidential Scholarships
The Presidential Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship at Montana State University, in recognition of academic excellence and demonstrated potential for leadership and service. Up to twenty such scholarships will be awarded to freshmen entering Montana State University each fall. The Presidential Scholarship includes a full tuition waiver and a generous stipend renewable for up to four years. Finalists who do not receive the Presidential Scholarship will be considered for the Provost Scholarship, which also provides a full tuition waiver renewable for four years and a stipend. Presidential and Provost Scholars automatically receive admission to the Honors College. A cumulative GPA of 3.75 and a composite score of 30 on the ACT or 1390 on the new SAT are the expected norms for applicants. The Presidential Scholarship  application deadline for fall 2018 awards is 3 P.M. Mountain Standard Time, December 1, 2017. (Note: The application will be fully on-line.) Applicants need to submit their materials by 3 P.M. Mountain Standard Time on December 1, 2017. Supportive materials (2 letters of recommendation, transcripts and the counselor verification need to be submitted online by 3 P.M. Mountain Standard Time on December 11, 2017.)

Your application for the Presidential Scholarship will also serve as an application to the Honors College.

Scholarships for Montana students awarded by the Montana University System
A number of scholarships are available to Montana residents and are awarded through the Montana University System. These awards include MUS Honor Scholarships, Governor's Best and Brightest, Honor Scholarship for National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists, and Community College Honor Scholarships. See this link for further details,

College and Departmental New Freshman and Transfer Scholarships
Be sure to check the website of the college or department where you plan to declare your major. There may be freshman or transfer scholarships available. If scholarships are need-based, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to December 1, 2017.

Here are links to College and Departmental scholarship information:

College of Agriculture -
College of Arts and Architecture
     Art -
     School of Film & Photography -
     School of Music -
College of Education, Health and Human Development -
College of Engineering -
College of Letters & Science -
College of Nursing -
Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship -
University Studies -

Audition/Portfolio Review Scholarships
Some scholarship awards are available through music and theatre auditions, art and photography portfolio review, and screening of videotapes and films. For specific details in these areas, contact the department directly: Music (406) 994-3562; Film & Photography (406) 994-2484; School of Art (406) 994-4501 or see links above.

National Merit Scholarships
Students enter the annual competition for Merit Scholarships as juniors by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). In September of the participant's senior year, approximately 15,000 are named Merit Program Semifinalists. Only Semifinalists continue in the competition, and they must qualify as Finalists in order to be considered for Merit Scholarships. To be a Finalist, each Semifinalist must meet a number of additional requirements that include being fully endorsed and recommended for Merit Scholarships consideration by the high school principal, submitting SAT scores that confirm their earlier PSAT/NMSQT scores, providing evidence of very high academic performance throughout secondary school, and giving information about their activities and accomplishments outside the classroom. College-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients are chosen by officials of the sponsor college from among Finalists who report to National Merit Scholarship Corporation that the institution is their first choice. Winners selected by the college must have applied to that institution and be considered admissible by college officials. College-sponsored scholarships are not transferable. Montana State University in Bozeman is proud to sponsor Merit Scholarships each year. Students are eligible for a minimum of $750/year and up to a maximum of $2,000/year depending on financial need. College-sponsored Merit Scholarships require full-time attendance and are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study. Contact your high school counselor for more information.

Montana State University National Merit Scholar Program
Montana State University is proud to offer a new scholarship program to students who are selected as Finalists in the National Merit competition. The Montana State University National Merit Scholar Program will provide finalists who list Montana State as their first choice school with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation an award of a one-time $3,000 tuition scholarship* for the first year at Montana State. In addition, National Merit Finalists who list MSU as their first choice school will receive $750/year renewable for 4 years from MSU along with a generous Premier Scholarship (for residents) or Achievement Award (for nonresidents)*.

 *If students are offered a MSU Presidential Scholarship, MSU Provost Scholarship, MUS Honor Scholarship or other full tuition scholarship waiver, they are advised to select the offer of the greatest value. Students offered multiple awards that are designated to cover base tuition and fees cannot receive more than 100% of the cost of tuition and fees from the combination of the awards. The base tuition and fees amount does not include room and board, books, or other expenses.

For further details see:

Native American Scholarships
Both need-based and academic scholarships are awarded to qualified Native American students. For need-based scholarships, applicants should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and submit it to the processing center prior to December 1. For academic scholarships (not need-based), applicants should contact the Department of Native American Studies, P.O. Box 172340, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717- 2340, (406) 994-3881.

American Indian Tuition Waiver
The American Indian Tuition Waiver is available to Montana residents who are at least one-quarter American Indian blood or are enrolled members of a state or federally recognized Indian tribe which is located within the boundaries of the State of Montana. Students must also demonstrate financial need. For more information contact the MSU Office of Financial Aid at (406) 994-2845. Information and the application for the Indian Tuition Waiver can also be found on the Montana University System Fee Wavier website.

Native American Non-Resident Tribal Homelands Scholarship Program
Montana State University located in Bozeman, Montana, offers a "Tribal Homelands Scholarship Program" (THSP) that will allow a limited number of eligible Native American Students to qualify for a waiver of approximately $16,000 per year. THSP is open to non-resident Native American new freshmen and transfer students who are interested in attending MSU and whose tribal affiliation once called the Montana area their "Homelands." For further information see our Tribal Homelands Scholarship worksheet or contact the Office of Financial Aid at or 406-994-2845.

Athletic Scholarships
In addition to the University Admissions Standards, athletes must meet NCAA Big Sky requirements and MSU requirements for athletic financial assistance. Contact Intercollegiate Athletics, P.O. Box 173380, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717-3380, (406) 994- 4221 for information about athletic opportunities.

Armed Forces Scholarships
ROTC Scholarships are available for both incoming high school students and current university students that have a need for a scholarship to complete their undergraduate degree or master's degree. Scholarships range from full 4 year scholarships down to 2 year scholarships, and guarantee a career in an exciting and cutting edge profession. All scholarships pay for full tuition and mandatory fees, for both resident and non-resident students, a yearly book allowance and a tax-free monthly stipend to defray the cost of living. Students must meet basic eligibility requirements. For further information, contact the MSU Army ROTC Department at or (phone 406-994-5477) or the MSU Air Force ROTC Department at (phone 406-994-4022).

Choice Act and Yellow Ribbon
Montana State University complies with the Choice Act, Section 702 law for participants in Montgomery GI Bill or Post 9/11 GI Bill.  Those that do not meet qualifying requirements for the Choice Act, MSU still participates in the Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program.  Please contact MSU Veteran Services at 406-994-3661 or or for information.

Spring or Summer Semester Scholarships for New Students
New students applying for spring or summer admission can also receive a new student scholarship, but it is not always automatic. Students in this situation should contact the scholarship staff within Financial Aid Services with questions at (406) 994-2845.

Please note that if a student is delaying freshman admission to attend another university, they will be considered transfer students and may qualify for the transfer scholarship program.

Scholarship Deferment
Please be aware that MSU new student Premier, Achievement Award, Distinction and WUE scholarships are not deferrable and will be awarded to you for a specific start term that matches the start term on your application for admission. Scholarship parameters change every year. Please refer to for the most recent information.