International Freshman Scholarships

SAT/ACT-Based Scholarships for Non-Resident Freshman

Freshmen applicants (graduates from secondary school who have not yet attended a post-secondary school or university) who take the SAT or ACT examinations are eligible for the valuable MSU Achievement Scholarship. If you qualify, scholarships will be automatically awarded when you are offered admission to Montana State University. To be eligible, you must complete the following as soon as possible:

  1. Apply for admission to Montana State University. You can apply online at https://www.msuadmissions.org/international/
  2. Send your ACT and/or SAT test scores to Montana State University directly from the testing company

Do your scores qualify you for a scholarship?:

Your ACT Test Score Your SAT Test Score Amount You May be Awarded
34 and higher 2220 to 2400 $60,000 Achievement Award ($15,000 per year renewable for 4 years)
33 2140 to 2210 $50,000 Achievement Award ($12,500 per year renewable for 4 years)
32 2080 to 2130 $42,000 Achievement Award ($10,500 per year renewable for 4 years)
31 2020 to 2070 $38,000 Achievement Award ($9,500 per year renewable for 4 years)
30 1980 to 2010 $34,000 Achievement Award ($8,500 per year renewable for 4 years)
29 1920 to 1970 $30,000 Achievement Award ($7,500 per year renewable for 4 years)
28 1860 to 1910 $26,000 Achievement Award ($6,500 per year renewable for 4 years)
27 1800 to 1850 $22,000 Achievement Award ($5,500 per year renewable for 4 years)
26 1740 to 1790 $18,000 Achievement Award ($4,500 per year renewable for 4 years)
25 1680 to 1730 $14,000 Achievement Award ($3,500 per year renewable for 4 years)
24 1620 to 1670 $10,000 Achievement Award ($2,500 per year renewable for 4 years)
23 1560 to 1610 $8,000 Achievement Award ($2,000 per year renewable for 4 years)

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* For Fall 2016, MSU Achievement Awards will be based upon ACT composite scores and / or total SAT scores (Math, Critical Reading and Writing). MSU will always take the highest test score, whether it be ACT or SAT, that is sent from the official testing company.

Due to the College Board implementing a new SAT test on March 5th, 2016, MSU will not accept SAT scores for Fall 2016 scholarship purposes from tests taken AFTER January 23rd, 2016. Students may still take ACT tests throughout the Spring of 2016 if they hope to increase their Achievement Award.

All Achievement Awards are designated for tuition only. New freshmen may renew their Achievement Award for up to four academic years (8 semesters) by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater and a non-resident status with continuous enrollment as a full time student.

For more information on other scholarship opportunities, please go to: http://www.montana.edu/international/admissions/scholarships.html

International Programs Undergraduate Scholarships

All international undergraduate applicants will automatically be considered for new student scholarships valued between US$2,000 and US$7,000*. These scholarships are available to qualified international students, freshmen or transfer, applying to begin their studies either fall or spring semester. The award will be determined upon review of a complete application packet and will be based on academic grades, school achievements and involvement. Documents required in the international undergraduate application will determine eligibility, and no separate scholarship application is required.

Selection is based on previous academic achievement, potential for success at MSU, and overall fit with the institution and its academic programs. SAT exam score results are not required to compete for these scholarships. Scholarships will be available until all are awarded; therefore, students are encouraged to submit their MSU application early.

These scholarships are available to students during their first year of study at MSU and are renewable on a competitive basis, depending on availability of funds.  To renew, the student must maintain a 3.0 (B) average, demonstrate involvement and contributions to the campus or the community, and apply by the stated deadline each semester. 

*This amount may change if the student is awarded other scholarships from MSU that add up to more than $7,000.

Cultural Sharing Scholarship

The Cultural Sharing Scholarship aims to increase cultural sharing and intercultural interaction both on Montana State University's campus and in the greater Bozeman community. Students are required to demonstrate leadership by planning and hosting two cultural events and attending World Chat sessions during the semester. Through being engaged at MSU and in the community, the Cultural Sharing Scholarship students serve as day-to-day cultural ambassadors for their home countries.

Scholarship Amount per Semester: $1,000

Requirements for Initial  Scholarship Eligibility:

  • Completed application 
  • Full-time student status
  • First-semester MSU student
  • GPA: 3.0

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall semester: July 1
  • Spring semester: November 1

To complete an application, click here.

For more information, please contact globalstudy@montana.edu.