The increase is the result of MSU's "Putting Students First" campaign that raised more than $22 million in scholarship funds.
"MSU is dedicated to helping Montana students pursue their dreams," said MSU president Geoff Gamble. "We know that affordability can be a roadblock to higher education for many Montana families."
The new scholarships will be awarded as long as the funding pool lasts, according to Ronda Russell, MSU director of Office of Admissions.
"We encourage students who have not already applied for admission and sent their ACT and/or SAT test scores to Montana State to do so as soon as possible," Russell said.
The scholarships range from $500 to $10,000 and are earmarked for Montana incoming freshmen with good standardized test scores and excellent grade-point averages (GPAs). Scholarship amounts vary depending on the students' ACT and/or SAT test scores and, in some cases, cumulative GPA.
To be considered, students must apply for admission and have their ACT and/or SAT test scores sent to MSU directly from the testing company. If students qualify, more than one scholarship may be automatically awarded.
For more information, go to the MSU Office of Admissions' Montana freshmen scholarship page: http://www.montana.edu/wwwnss/scholarshipsres.shtml
For more information about non-resident scholarships, which are available up to $30,000 ($7,500 per year renewable) depending on test scores, go to the MSU Office of Admissions' non-resident freshmen scholarship page: http://www.montana.edu/wwwnss/scholarshipsnonres.shtml
"We are excited about what this will enable us to do in terms of tuition assistance," Russell said.
For more information about applying to the university, go to the MSU Admissions Web page: http://www.montana.edu/admissions/ or contact the MSU Office of Admissions at 1-888-MSU-CATS or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Ronda Russell, (406) 994-2452