"It's one of my priorities to make higher education as accessible as possible," said MSU President Waded Cruzado. "Montana high school students are the future of our state and I want to help them succeed. The benefits of a college education to one's life and one's career are huge."
MSU has boosted its Premier Scholarship Program in all scholarship amounts, in some cases by 100 percent. Of the 1,613 Montanans who entered MSU as freshmen this fall, 698 - or 43 percent - received a Premier Scholarship. With the increase in the Premier Scholarship program, the number could be even greater for the fall of 2012.
Premier Scholarships will be awarded to incoming freshmen who are Montana residents and show academic promise based on ACT and/or SAT scores or grade point average. Financial need, leadership experience, activities, and honors may also be considered.
Montana high school seniors who plan to attend MSU in the fall of 2012 are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for the Premier Scholarships, which range from a one-time $1,000 scholarship, to a $3,000 scholarship that can be renewed annually for four years.
The priority deadline for scholarship applications is Feb. 1, 2012. Scholarships will be given until funds are exhausted.
The scholarships can only be applied toward tuition. Students who are awarded a renewable scholarship must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and continue to be enrolled full time.
Need-based awards for new and continuing students have also been increased. The Federal Student Aid Form, or FAFSA, is the only application form required.
To become eligible for a Premier Scholarship, applicants must:
-- Apply for admission to MSU. Applications are available in the MSU Viewbook or online at https://www.msuadmissions.org/application/
--Make sure MSU receives their current grade point average either via the self report form (included with the application for admission) or from a transcript.
-- Have their official ACT and/or SAT scores sent directly to MSU from the testing company. The school code for sending ACT scores is 2420. The school code for sending SAT scores is 4488.
-- Print, complete and mail the Montana Premier Scholarship application to:
P.O. Box 172190
Bozeman, MT 59717-2190
The application is available for printing at:
OR apply for the Montana Premier Scholarship online at:
MSU Admissions can be reached toll free at 888-MSU-CATS
Contact: Ronda Russell, director, MSU Admissions, 406-994-5541, email@example.com