2015 Scholarships at Montana State

Montana State University awards millions of dollars in scholarships and waiver awards to new students who enter in the fall of each year. You might qualify for some of this money based on your academic record, financial need, group affiliation, or a combination of the three.

Freshman Scholarships | Transfer Scholarships | Other Scholarship Programs

2015 Freshman Scholarships and Awards

Architecture Students


MSU will be offering a large number of scholarships and awards to new freshmen who enter MSU in the fall of 2015. 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 Awards
Up to $60,000 ($15,000 per year renewable) will be awarded to non-resident freshmen entering MSU in the fall of 2015. All non-resident achievement awards are renewable! Awards may be limited. Apply early.

Resident Freshman Premier Scholarships
A large number of scholarships will be awarded to Montana freshmen entering MSU in the fall of 2015. Award amounts will vary from $1,000 (one time) to $12,000 ($3,000 per year renewable).

 MSU Distinction Awards for new non-resident Freshmen entering in the fall of 2015

Montana State University will be offering a number of Distinction Awards to new non-resident freshmen who will enter MSU in the fall of 2015. To be considered, students must complete the Distinction Scholarship Application as soon as possible.

These awards will be targeted toward non-residents who do not meet our regular Achievement Award parameters. Leadership experience, activities, honors and financial need will be considered. Award amounts will vary from $500 (one time) to $4,000 ($1,000 per year renewable). These awards will be applied toward tuition only.

Distinction Award winners will be notified by mail. Only recipients will be notified.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Awards (for freshmen only)
A limited number of Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Awards will be available to new freshmen for the 2015 academic year. Only legal residents of the following states may be considered for WUE Scholarships at Montana State University in Bozeman: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).  WUE recipients must also be US Citizens or permanent residents.

Freshmen who apply for admission for the fall of 2015 and meet the MSU WUE parameters below will be offered the WUE award which is worth more than $46,000 over a four year period. WUE award recipients will be billed at a tuition rate which is only 150% of the resident tuition. New freshmen may retain their WUE Award (which is a tuition rate) for up to four academic years (8 semesters) as long as they maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and are continuously enrolled as a full time WUE student. WUE awards are very limited. to be eligible for a WUE Scholarship, apply for admissions and have your test scores sent early.

Fall 2015 Montana State University Freshman WUE awards are determined on the basis of test score and will be very limited. See below:
Your ACT Test Score Your SAT Test Score Amount You May Be Awarded
29 to 32 * 1920 to 2130* Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) AWARD (worth more than $46,000 available to students from select western states**) §Awards are limited. To be eligible for a WUE Scholarship, apply for admission and have your test scores sent early.

If you are from one of the WUE states and have a 28 composite ACT or 1860 to 1910 total SAT* you may be considered for WUE if spaces are available. Awards are limited. Apply early.

If your score is higher than a 32 ACT (2130 SAT) and you are from a a WUE state, you may be awarded the amounts below which are worth more than WUE. 
Your ACT Test Score Your SAT Test Score Amount You May Be Awarded
33 2140 to 2210 $50,000 Achievement Award ($12,500 per year renewable for 4 years)
34 and higher 2220 to 2400 $60,000 Achievement Award ($15,000 per year renewable for 4 years)

Transfer Scholarships and Awards

MSU will be offering a limited number of scholarships and awards to new transfer students who enter MSU in the fall of 2015. See the links below for details.

Non-Resident Transfer Achievement Award
Up to $15,000 will be awarded to new non-resident transfers entering MSU in the fall of 2015. Awards may be limited. Apply early.

Resident Transfer Premier Scholarships
Up to $3,000 will be awarded to new resident transfers entering MSU in the fall of 2015. The priority deadline is February 1, 2015.

Other Scholarship Programs

The 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. Presidential and Provost Scholars automatically receive admission to the Honors Program. A cumulative GPA of 3.75 and a composite score of 30 on the ACT or 2000 on the SAT (all 3 scores) are the expected norms for applicants. The Presidential Scholarship application deadline for fall 2015 awards is December 5, 2014.

Students may also be eligible for admission to the University Honors College (honors@montana.edu). We encourage you to consider applying to this excellent academic College. For an application form click here.

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, http://mus.edu/Prepare/Pay/Scholarships/

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 March 1.

Here are links to College and Departmental scholarship information:

College of Agriculture - http://ag.montana.edu/students/scholarships.htm
College of Arts and Architecture
     Art - http://www.montana.edu/wwwart/
     School of Film & Photography - http://sfp.montana.edu/scholarships/.
     School of Music - http://www.montana.edu/music/scholarships
College of Education, Health and Human Development - http://www.montana.edu/ehhd/scholarship
College of Engineering - http://www.coe.montana.edu/scholarships.asp
College of Letters & Science - http://www.montana.edu/lettersandscience/students_scholarships.html
Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship - http://www.montana.edu/business/scholarships/
University Studies - http://www.montana.edu/wwwgs/scholarshipinfo.html

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.

Native American Scholarships
Both need-based and academic scholarships are awarded to qualified Native American students. For need-based scholarships, applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and submit it to the processing center prior to March 1, 2015. For academic scholarships (not need-based) applicants should contact the Center for 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 of 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" Program that will allow a limited number of eligible Native American Students to qualify for a waiver of approximately $13,825 per year. THSP is open to non-resident Native American new freshmen and transfer students who are interested in attending MSU in the Fall of 2015 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 Admissions at admissions@montana.edu; 1-888-MSU-CATS, direct 406-994-1983.

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 armyrotc@montana.edu or (phone 406-994-5476) or the MSU Air Force ROTC Department at afrotc@montana.edu (phone 406-994-4022).

Yellow Ribbon Program
The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution for 100% eligible Post 9/11 GI Bill veterans'.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill pays up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition and fees. You may have tuition and fees that exceed that amount if you are attending a private institution, graduate school or attending in an out-of-state status. If you are enrolled at a Yellow Ribbon participating institution and the tuition and fees exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition or fees, additional funds may be available for your education program without an additional charge to your entitlement.

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 admission to attend another university, they will be considered transfer students and may qualify for the transfer scholarship program.