The Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarships are Montana State University's most distinguished academic awards, recognizing scholastic achievement, demonstrated leadership and unique personal qualities. Scholarship recipients receive annual tuition waivers, a generous stipend and other unique incentives for each of four years. Recent Presidential Scholars have gone on to receive such renowned awards as the Goldwater, Truman, Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell scholarships. As Ambassadors of the university, they reflect its highest ideals through demonstrated leadership and public service, and are in the process of leaving a unique fingerprint on their world.

2020 Presidential Scholarship Application is now closed

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Student applications must be submitted on-line on or before December 6, 2019 at 3 PM MST. 

Letters of recommendation and counselor verification must be submitted online on or before December 10, 2019 at 3PM MST.

Finalists will be notified in late January and invited to campus interviews February 26-28, 2020.

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The deadline to submit new applications (December 6, 2019 at 3 PM MST) has now passed.


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***If you have applied for the Presidential Scholarship, your scholarship application will also serve as your application to the Honors College****


Please visit the Office of Admissions for additional information regarding MSU Scholarships.  MSU also has a scholarship program for students identified as National Merit Finalists.  Information regarding the National Merit Scholars program can be found at:


Additional information regarding Financial Aid available from Montana State University can be found by following this link: Office of Financial Aid Services.