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Presidential Graduate Scholarship
A Presidential Graduate Scholarship is available to recruit outstanding graduate students. Recipients of this scholarship are nominated by the MPA Director and are awarded by The Graduate School. The standards used in the selection of scholarship recipients include demonstrated excellence as an undergraduate student (3.5+ GPA), high GRE scores, and highly supportive letters of recommendation. The award amount is usually $1000 for the full academic year or $500 if the student first enrolls during the Spring Semester. Due to the limited number of awards available, there is a strong tendency for "first-come, first-served." Thus, early application to the MPA program is very important.
Departmental Teaching Assistantships
The Political Science Department offers a limited number of teaching assistants which are usually reserved for second year students. Outstanding first year students, however, may receive a teaching assistantship as well. Teaching assistants receive a monthly stipend as well as a tuition and fee waiver. The Local Government Center periodically offers one research assistant position which carries a tuition waiver.
A limited number of competitively awarded tuition waivers for students who are not teaching assistants or research assistants are also available.
Information about other forms of financial assistance may be obtained from: Financial Aid Services, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717, (406) 994-2845, or on-line at www.montana.edu/wwwdg/news.shtml.