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MSU is committed to shaping and supporting the educational experience of recent Montana high school graduates who want to play an active and deliberate role in advancing their futures. The MSU Hilleman Scholars Program is by invitation only. Hilleman Scholars should be eager to build something better for themselves and their communities through service to others.

Only Montana residents and 2018 high school graduates who have submitted an application for enrollment at MSU will be considered. Applications for the program are due no later than Friday, March 23rd. Applications must be submitted online unless an alternative format is requested in advance from the MSU Hilleman Scholars Program at (406) 994-3434.


Hilleman Scholar Program invitations are based upon:

  • Montana residency.
  • Graduation from a Montana high school in 2018.
  • Pell eligibility.


Hilleman Scholars Program selection is based upon:

  • Your academic, leadership, and career potential, as demonstrated in your essay and letter of reference.
  • Commitment to actively participate in the Summer Success Academy (tentative dates are July 16 - August 24, 2018).
  • Commitment to graduate from MSU in four years.
  • Commitment to fully comply with all Hilleman Scholars Program requirements (including adhering to the MSU Academic Success & Career Plan during all four years of enrollment).
  • Geographic representation in Montana.



The program includes:

  • A Summer Success Academy, a month-long intensive math, writing, and critical thinking experience before you begin your first year. You will stay in the residence halls (with free room and board) and work with top faculty, mentors, and tutors to get a head start on college-level coursework while you get to know MSU, Bozeman, and your classmates. In exchange for your time and commitment, you’ll receive a $2,000 stipend ($1,000 in cash, and $1,000 applied to your fall semester tuition). You'll also receive college credit for your work (at no cost to you).
    • Scholars who receive a B average or better in the math and writing courses offered during the Summer Success Academy will qualify for an additional $500 from MSU and the opportunity to triple the $500 bonus through the MESA program. Terms and conditions of the MESA program must be followed. 
    • In order to become a Hilleman Scholar, you must attend, actively participate in, and complete the Summer Success Academy. Failure to satisfactorily complete the Summer Success Academy will result in the four-year scholarship offer being rescinded.
  • A four-year, $4,000 per year scholarship/stipend, disbursed monthly—total value: $16,000 (in addition to the Pell Grant).
    • Hilleman Scholars are required to graduate from MSU in four years. Therefore, the annual $4,000 scholarship award is contingent upon satisfactory academic progress (as determined by GPA and credits earned).
    • In order to earn the monthly scholarship/stipend payment, Hilleman Scholars are also required to participate in mentoring, learning development, internship, and community development activities for 10-15 hours per week during each of the four years of the scholarship.
  • $3,000 toward a Hilleman Scholar group study abroad experience at the end of your junior year (contingent upon satisfactory academic progress and exemplary program commitment during your first three years of college).

Other Considerations

  • In support of the MSU Hilleman Scholars Program, MSU works with other foundations and scholarship programs. If you are a recipient of a scholarship from one of our partner organizations, you may not be able to stack your scholarship. If you have questions, please contact us at 406-994-7627. 
  • To serve as many students as possible fitting our eligibility criteria, Hilleman Scholars Program scholarships cannot be "stacked" or combined with other scholarship monies such as those provided by the Horatio Alger Scholars program.