Frequently Asked Questions
Montana residents who graduated from high school in 2017 and who are eligible for a Pell Grant. We will send letters to eligible students inviting them to apply.
Pell eligibility is determined based on the information submitted with your FAFSA. If you received a Pell Grant, it will be included in the financial aid award letter you received from MSU.
Unfortunately not. The MSU Hilleman Scholars Program is only open to incoming undergraduate students who graduated in 2017 from a Montana High School.
Unfortunately not. The MSU Hilleman Scholars Program is only open to incoming resident undergraduate students.
Only students who graduated from high school in Montana in 2017 and have Montana residency are eligible.
If you’ve been invited to apply for the MSU Hilleman Scholars Program, you simply need complete the online application, including your application essay. We’ll contact your counselor or teacher of significance for a reference.
Friday, March 24, 2017.
The scholarship is worth $4,000 per year for four years, for a total of $16,000. Additionally, for attending the Summer Success Academy, you’ll receive $2,000 (this will be your job for the month you live on campus). If you complete the academy with a satisfactory participation record and a 3.0 GPA in your math and writing classes, you’ll be eligible for a bonus of up to $2,000 to be used for educational expenses. And if you meet all the requirements of the program, you can earn a further $3,000 ($1,000 per year for the first three years) to be used toward a group study abroad trip at the end of your junior year.
You are expected to participate fully in all aspects of the program, beginning with the Summer Success Academy and continuing throughout your four years at MSU. This will include working at least ten hours per week. You will also be expected to graduate within four years.
In short, you can expect to be both challenged and supported as you get a head start on your college career. You can also expect to have some fun. During the Summer Success Academy, you’ll live in the dorms (with free room and board) and take intensive, college-level math and writing courses (for credit, at no cost). You’ll work with tutors and mentors, in addition to professors, to complete your work for these classes. You’ll spend time reading and critically discussing news articles and other texts. You’ll get to know up to 49 other incoming students, as well as older student mentors and tutors. And you’ll get to know the campus, Bozeman, and the surrounding area as you hike, canoe, and explore it with your fellow Hilleman Scholars.
You’ll be busy—the Summer Success Academy runs seven days per week, up to twelve or fourteen hours a day. There will be some personal time for you to spend working on homework, relaxing, and hanging out with your peers, but the program’s focus is on setting you up for success as you embark on your first year of college.
The Summer Success Academy runs from Monday, July 17th, until Orientation begins on August 23rd (note: dates are currently tentative).
You will live and eat in the residence and dining halls at no cost to you.
Yes--and at no cost to you.
No. Some returning Hilleman Scholars may work at future Summer Success Academy sessions as mentors for incoming students, but you only participate as a student before your first year.
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