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.

Byron Weber Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: Saturday, September 30, 2017
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

Dr. Robert F. Powers Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: Monday, October 30, 2017 by 5:00pm PST
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.

 

Wood Splitter Direct Annual Forestry Scholarship

Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017
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 January 31, 2018.

Women in Science Study.com Scholarship

Deadline: Sunday, April 1, 2018
Applicants: Undergraduate

Application Information

Description: Applicants should be pursuing a degree in a scientific field of study.  Selection will be based on academic history and extracurricular activities.  Financial need will not be considered.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident.
  • Must be an enrolled (or accepted) female student in an accredited college or university who is planning on continuing the next year.
  • Graduating high school seniors who meet the above-mentioned criteria may apply.
  • Must have a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours still to be completed.
  • Must consent to provide a digital photograph of self and quote for display on Study.com if notified as the award winner by the selection committee.

The winner will be notified following the deadline and the award will be sent directly to the recipient by check to the permanent mailing address noted in the application.

Women in STEM Study.com Scholarship

Deadline: Sunday, April 1, 2018
Applicants: Undergraduate

Application Information

Description: Applicants should be pursuing a degree with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) program emphasis.  Selection will be based on academic history and extracurricular activities.  Financial need will not be considered.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident.
  • Must be an enrolled (or accepted) female student in an accredited college or university who is planning on continuing the next year.
  • Graduating high school seniors who meet the above-mentioned criteria may apply.
  • Must have a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours still to be completed.
  • Must consent to provide a digital photograph of self and quote for display on Study.com if notified as the award winner by the selection committee.

The winner will be notified following the deadline and the award will be sent directly to the recipient by check to the permanent mailing address noted in the application.

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.

International Junior Foresters' Competition Scholarships

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

Application Information

Description:

The U.S. Forest Service International Programs is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for young adults interested in Forestry, Natural Resources, and Environmental Science!

The U.S.F.S. is sponsoring two scholarships to cover the international travel costs for students from the USA to travel to St. Petersburg, Russia to participate in the annual International Jr. Forester’s Competition, which is organized by the Russian Federal Forestry Agency. The competition will take place September 4-9, 2016 and is open to those between the ages of 14-22.  Regardless of where a student might place in the competition, the experience is a unique resume builder and provides a wonderful opportunity to build international connections and friendships.

Interested applicants may contact Jennifer Smith (jennifercsmith@fs.fed.us(link sends e-mail)) or Jacob Minor (jminor@fs.fed.us(link sends e-mail)) before applying to learn the latest information.  Additional details and an application form are included in the links below.

Call for Applications and Competition Procedure and Schedule

2016 Jr. Foresters Application (for US applicants only)

Native American Natural Resource Research Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

The Intertribal Timber Council, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service Southern and Pacific Northwest Research Stations offers scholarships of up to $4,000 for Native American students conducting tribally relevant, natural resource based research.

Jerry O'Neal National Park Service Student 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 Jerry O'Neal Student Fellowship for work in Glacier National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.  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.

  1. Cultural resource issues, such as history and architectural studies, cultural landscape reports, archeology, and ethnographic research.
  2. 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 Rocky Mountain Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit universities and colleges only. Awards range from $1,000-$5,000.

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

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

Application Information

Description:

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at University of California, Santa Cruz exposes early-career college students to the field of environmental conservation through field research, leadership and professional training.  Each year, we select 20 students from around the U.S. and its territories to participate in our two-year conservation leadership program. Our students represent a diverse spectrum of cultures and backgrounds, which helps to cultivate an inclusive and rewarding experience.

During their first year, Doris Duke Scholars at UCSC participate in an eight-week, intensive summer course integrating conservation design, leadership and research experiences while traveling with a close group of peers and mentors. During their second summer, Scholars pursue eight-week conservation practice internships in small groups with excellent mentors at nationally recognized conservation organizations and agencies. The Scholars reunite for a professional development and planning workshop during one of the two winters.  Scholars receive mentorship throughout the year from identified mentors at their home institutions and from the UCSC program staff.  We fund all program expenses and provide each Scholar with a $4000 stipend during each of their two summers. Scholars who complete the program become a part of a growing national network of Doris Duke Conservation Scholars.

Wally McClure Student Fisheries Scholarship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in January.
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 49th annual meeting of the MCAFS in Helena, MT from February 16-19, 2017.

Please visit the MCAFS web site for additional information.

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 10-14, 2017. 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 1, 2017.

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.

MontanaView Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

The MontanaView Scholarship fund provides scholarships to University of Montana students who are in good standing at the University of Montana. Recipients may study any discipline, but must be working on a project that uses remote sensing and will be completed by the end of the spring 2017 semester. Preference will go to service-learning projects which benefit and identified organization.  Recipients cannot have received this award previously. (Financial need may be used as a secondary criterion in recipient selection.)

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.

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 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.

Landscape & Livelihood Program Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

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), Sustainability and Agriculture (GPHY 395), and Community Conservation Project (ENST 395).

Pacific Forest Foundation Scholarship

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

MT SWCS Thomas Pick Memorial Scholarship

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

Meet the 2016-2017 OLC Foundation Scholarship Recipients

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.

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, 2017.

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.

Montana Tree Farm Scholarship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in May.
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.

Other Scholarship/Fellowship Resources

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