External Scholarships

Below are scholarships offered by institutions not affiliated with the University of Montana.  Each has its own separate application procedures and requirements.  Please click on the Application Information link below each for details on how to apply.


Travel, Research, and Education Experience (TREE) Grant Program for Students in Wildland Fire Science and Management

Deadline: Grants are available year-round for a variety of events. Deadlines depend on the event for which you are applying.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

The Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) and the Joint Fire Sciences Program (JFSP) offer grants from $250 to $1,500 to fund student travel to fire-related conferences, symposia, workshops, and laboratories. These competitively awarded grants will fund direct travel costs for transportation, lodging, registration fees, and printing or preparation of presentation materials (e.g. posters, maps, audio-visual materials). Both graduate and undergraduate students are eligible.

Landscape & Livelihood Program Scholarship

Deadline: Open until filled. Apply soon!
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

Swan Valley Connections maintains a scholarship fund for students who have the passion and commitment to excel in one of their college field programs, but who require financial assistance to join us for this life-changing experience.  Scholarships from their general fund are based on a combination of financial need and academic merit.

Landscape & Livelihood immerses students in the issues surrounding wildlife, watersheds, agriculture, forest lands, and human economies of Western Montana.  The field semester specifically focuses on conservation strategies that transform natural resource challenges into opportunities for sustainability.  Students will learn these strategies through direct experience of the natural history and human dynamics of the region, gaining both practical and analytical conservation skills.  Students earn 16 upper division UM credits through 5 hands on classes, including;

  • Biogeography of Northwest Montana (GPHY 395)
  • Forests and Communities (NRSM 346)
  • Watershed Dynamics and Management Issues (NRSM 345)
  • Agriculture and Sustainability (GPHY 395)
  • Community Conservation Project (ENST 395).

Program dates are August 27 - November 2, 2018. 

Byron Weber Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: Friday, August 31, 2018
Applicants: Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

Byron is remembered for his passion for living things.  This passion fueled his entire life.  He made learning about our natural environment accessible and meaningful.  Encouraging all ages to explore, respect and preserve the splendid natural world around us was how Byron lived and worked.  It is in this spirit that the Byron Weber Memorial Scholarship will be awarded by Bitterroot Audubon.  The scholarship committee will decide on a qualified candidate after all applications have been submitted and all eligibility requirements have been met.

  • Currently attending a Montana College/University (4 year degree program)
  • At least a sophomore status
  • Majoring in a Natural Resource field
  • Good academic standing
  • Bitterroot Valley resident desired

Phil Tawney Hunters Conservation Endowment Scholarship of the Montana Wildlife Federation

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in February.
Applicants: Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

In keeping with the spirit of Phil’s legacy, the Phil Tawney Hunters Conservation Endowment offers $1,000 scholarships to students at accredited colleges or universities in Montana who exhibit a commitment to our outdoor heritage. Recipients must be a full-time junior or senior, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be majoring in a field related to conservation.

RedCastle Resources, Inc./MAGIP GIS Scholarship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in January.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

If you are student at a Montana college or university and are working on a natural resource-based project, thesis or dissertation using GIS or remote sensing, you are eligible to receive a scholarship of up to $2,000. This award is sponsored by RedCastle Resources inc. and Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals (MAGIP).

Please see the Application Information link above for application details.

MAGIP Higher Education Scholarship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in January.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

If you are a student at a Montana college or university and are doing a GIS-related project or research, you are eligible to receive this $2,000 scholarship sponsored by the Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals (MAGIP).

Please see the Application Information link above for application details.

The Cave Conservancy Foundation - Fellowships in Karst Studies

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in February.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

The Cave Conservancy Foundation awards an undergraduate fellowship in Karst Studies for $6,000, an M.S. graduate fellowship in Karst Studies for $7,000, and a Ph.D. graduate fellowship in Karst Studies for $20,000. Any study of caves and karst in any field, including but not limited to archeology, biology, engineering, geography, geology, and social sciences will be considered. The research can involve any cave and karst areas, including those outside the United States. Applicants must be full-time graduate or undergraduate students at a U.S. college or university.

Dr. Robert F. Powers Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in August.
Applicants: Graduate

Application Information

Description:

The objective of the Dr. Robert F. Powers Memorial Scholarship is to recognize significant contributions to active forest management through application of soil and forest science by presenting a scholarship to a Master's or Ph.D. student whose research and career focus is on active forest management issues, similar to the historical research conducted by Dr. Robert F. Powers. The 2018 scholarship award amount is $3,000.

Wally McClure Student Fisheries Scholarship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in November.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

The Montana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society will soon be presenting two Wally McClure Student Fisheries Scholarships. The McClure Scholarships will be awarded to individuals pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in aquatic natural resources from a Montana university or college. The graduate award is $1,250 and the undergraduate is $500. Awards will be presented at the annual meeting of the MCAFS in Butte, MT from January 29 - February 2, 2018.

Please visit the MCAFS web site for additional information.

Truman D. Picard Scholarship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in December.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

To honor Truman D. Picard the Intertribal Timber Council (ITC) established a scholarship program in his name.  Truman served on the ITC Board of Directors from 1982 to 1985.  His work will always be remembered by his individual efforts to bring BIA Forestry and Colville Tribal Forestry together in a joint effort to improve the level of Forest Management on the reservation – truly a lasting legacy.

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in December.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

Since 2014, The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at Northern Arizona University has been preparing 1st and 2nd year undergraduate students to become the next generation of diverse environmental professionals in a more inclusive conservation movement.  This two-year, trans-disciplinary program creates a community of learning and support as scholars explore the intersection of conservation science, traditional knowledge, policy, advocacy, and management.

Highlights:

  • $8000 stipend over 2 years, and all travel and housing costs covered.
  • Community of 20 diverse scholars from across the country.
  • Immersive, experiential learning in the Grand Canyon region.
  • Nationwide internship experiences.
  • Exposure to career options and leading conservation professionals.
  • Access to the nationwide network of Doris Duke Conservation Scholars.

To find out more about the program, check out our website: http://lci.nau.edu/ddcs.

Glacier National Park Conservancy – Jerry O’Neal Research Fellowship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in December.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

Applications are now being accepted for the Glacier National Park Conservancy - Jerry O'Neal Research Fellowship for work in Glacier National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS, and Little Bighorn Battlefield NM.  The fellowship aims to provide educational assistance for students seeking to understand natural and cultural resources issues and how these interact with human values.  Special consideration will be given to proposals that address the following:

  • Natural resource issues such as aquatic ecology, terrestrial ecology, fire ecology, invasive plants, and climate change
  • Cultural resource issues, such as history and architectural studies, cultural landscape reports, ethnographic research and archeology
  • Social science that informs resource management about a natural or cultural topic and/or that addresses visitor impacts to park resources

Competition is open to graduate students or superior upper division undergraduate students at RM-CESU universities and colleges only.  Awards range from $1000-5000.

Jeannette Rankin Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in December.
Applicants: Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

Each year the Jeannette Rankin Foundation in Athens, GA awards scholarships to low-income women, ages 35 and older, who are U.S. Citizens or permanent residents pursuing an undergraduate education at an accredited college or university in the US.  The scholarships are for $2,000 each and  may be used for tuition, books, transportation, childcare and other living expenses and will be disbursed over two school terms, starting in Fall 2018.  Selection is competitive, which means that meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee that you will receive a scholarship.  (There are currently 3 women from UM who are receiving JRF scholarship funds.)

George Lea Founder’s Scholarships

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in January.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

This scholarship is being offered by the Public Lands Foundation, a national non-profit membership organization that advocates and works for the retention of America’s Public Lands in the public’s hands.  Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2018.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Junior, senior or Master's-level graduate student
  • Majoring in a natural resource or public land policy curriculum during the 2018/2019 school year
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Full-time student (minimum 12 units per semester - except grad students)
  • Applicants will also be rated based on financial need, related volunteer, professional society participation, employment, etc.

Montana Community Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in January.
Applicants: Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

Scholarships of $500 to $5,000 for Montana students meeting a variety of criteria, including:  parents are Montana Game Wardens or Highway Patrol, enrolled member of Northern Cheyenne tribe, majoring in Education, majoring in journalism at UM, and much more.

Back Country Horsemen Montana Packing Class Scholarship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in January.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

The Back Country Horsemen of Montana is offering a full scholarship to the packing class taught and donated by Bob Marshall Wilderness Oufitters.  Class dates are June 15-19, 2018. The class will benefit anyone who wants to learn horse and mule packing skills and learn how to practice Leave-No-Trace techniques to protect wilderness resources.

Recipient will be announced April 15, 2018.

Great Falls Flower Growers Scholarship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in January.
Applicants: Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

The Great Falls Flower Growers have established a one-year $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to a student whose desire is to attain a college degree in agriculture, forestry, horticulture and/or a related field. The applicants must be enrolled as a full-time sophomore, junior or senior in a college in Montana and must be a Montana resident.

Montana Tree Farm Mary Naegeli Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in January.
Applicants: Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

This is a $500 scholarship offered to one student annually.

Applicants must be a resident of Montana enrolled (for the first time) or attending any accredited institution of higher education, on a full time basis, have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above, and must demonstrate an interest in forestry. Applicants must have a Tree Farmer or a Tree Farm Inspector as a reference.

Montana Space Grant Consortium Scholarships & Fellowships

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in January.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

The Montana Space Grant Consortium offers undergraduate scholarships to students enrolled in fields of study relevant to NASA's mission. These fields include (but are not necessarily limited to): the Biological and Life Sciences, Chemistry, Geological and Planetary Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Sciences, and Civil Engineering.

The Montana Space Grant Consortium also offers graduate fellowships of $9,000 plus in-state tuition and fees for one semester. Awards are made on a competitive basis to graduate students working on research projects in fields of study relevant to NASA's mission.

MT SWCS Thomas Pick Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in February.
Applicants: Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

Tom Pick (1949-2016) was a dedicated servant to the cause of conservation and community development.  Tom formally served his country as a military policeman during Vietnam, as an Agricultural Advisor on a Reconstruction Team in Iraq in 2009-11, and with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service over a 35-year distinguished career.  He also was a multi-year board member and special project coordinator with the MT Chapter of SWCS and the Bozeman Chapter of Pheasants Forever.  This scholarship is named in his honor, for his dedication to mentorship and teaching.

Oregon Logging Conference Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in February.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

The Purpose of the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation Scholarship is to promote the Forestry Industry by providing scholastic opportunities to Oregon and Southern Washington students attending Community Colleges, Universities and vocational schools who have forestry and related courses. Applicants must be studying Forest Engineering, Forest Management, Forest Operations Management, Resource Management, Diesel Mechanics/Heavy Equipment Maintenance, Welding and other forest /timber industry related areas of study.

Pacific Forest Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in February.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

The Pacific Forest Foundation (PFF) scholarship program is offered to students who are studying in forestry related areas. The PFF plans to awards 5 to 10 scholarships annually; scholarships ranges from $1,000 to $3,000 each.  The scholarship is available to help supplement costs of tuition and books. The scholarship will be sent directly to the recipient's school and deposited into the student's account.

Applicants must be studying in the following areas:

  • Forest Engineering
  • Forest Management
  • Forest Operations Management
  • Heavy Equipment Maintenance and Welding
  • Resource Management
  • Diesel Mechanics
  • Other forest /timber industry related areas of study

American Conifer Society Scholarship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in March.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

The American Conifer Society annually offers a $2,500 award to a worthy candidate pursuing a career in horticulture, plant science, forestry or related fields who has demonstrated an interest in conifers.  Applicants must be current members of the ACS.  (Student membership is free.)

Recipients may use the funds for tuition, textbooks, reference books, educational CDs, DVDs and software.  Workshops, work-study programs or classes offered by legitimate organizations such as cooperative extensions and horticultural societies are examples of some other legitimate educational pursuits.

Ben Meadows Natural Resource Scholarships

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in March.
Applicants: Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

Two scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each are administered through the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Applicants must be enrolled in an SAF-accredited (or non-SAF accredited) or SAF-candidate curriculum as a junior or senior enrolled in a natural resource program working toward a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree, which includes, but is not limited to, agro forestry, urban forestry, environmental studies, natural resource management, natural resource recreation, wildlife management, wood science and fisheries management.

The John Mabry Forestry Scholarship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in March.
Applicants: Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

The Railway Tie Association is pleased to offer The John Mabry Forestry Scholarships: two annual scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each. These scholarships are available to juniors or seniors enrolled in an accredited forestry program for the full school year (not graduating mid-term). Applications will be reviewed with emphasis placed on the following criteria:

  • Leadership qualities
  • Career objectives
  • Scholastic achievement
  • Financial need

Awards will be announced no later than August 10, 2018.

Wood Splitter Direct Annual Forestry Scholarship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in March.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

Wood Splitter Direct is offering their annual scholarship to any U.S. resident 18 years or older who is currently attending or will be attending an accredited college or university for Forestry or a related field (such as Ecological Restoration or Resource Conservation). Applicants must submit a short essay (between 750 and 1000 words) on how the logging industry does contribute and can continue to contribute more in the future to overall environmental sustainability.

The winner will be announced on August 1, 2018.

Other Scholarship/Fellowship Resources

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A potential opportunity for undergraduate students offered by the online shopping discount site Chameleon John (not endorsed by the University of Montana)