UM Scholarships

Below are a few of the scholarships offered by the University of Montana. Some use the scholarship portal to gather applications and some have a separate application process. Please click on the Application Information links under each award for more details on how to apply.


Udall Scholarship

Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020 (UM Deadline)
Applicants: Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

The Udall Scholarship provides 60 scholarships of up to $7,000 to sophomore and junior-level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.  UM leads the nation in the number of past Udall Scholars. 

  • UM can send forward up to 4 Native applicants who are focused on careers serving Native Americans—in health care, tribal public policy, or other fields;
  • AND up to 4 applicants in the environmental field for which all are eligible.  For the environmental side of the Scholarship, the main focus is on career commitment to the environment; many paths are possible, including journalism, ecology, law, and fashion design.

The Award includes 5 days of orientation/training in Tucson during the summer and a wonderful listserv/support network to connect the winners with others who are active in similar fields. 

Interested students are encouraged to contact Timothy Nichols, Davidson Honors College Dean, at timothy.nichols@umontana.edu to schedule a meeting.

Wyss Scholars Program for the Conservation of the American West

Deadline: Friday, January 3, 2020 by noon MST
Applicants: Graduate

Application Information

Description:

The Wyss Foundation is a private, charitable foundation dedicated to land conservation in the Intermountain West.  The Wyss Scholars Program seeks to identify and nurture a new generation of leaders on western land conservation issues by providing financial support to Master’s degree students who are committed to careers as practicing conservationists of western land, primarily with a federal or state land management agency or a non-profit conservation group working in the region.

Up to three Wyss Scholars will be selected from the Environmental Studies Program, the W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation (Resource Conservation and Wildlife Biology), and the School of Law on the basis of their leadership potential, commitment to furthering land conservation in the Intermountain West, commitment to pursuing a career as a practicing nonprofit or public-sector conservationist, and their academic strength.

Interested students must submit their intent to apply by Friday, December 20, 2019 at noon MST.

Goldwater Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program provides $7,500 for students committed to careers involving math, science, or engineering research. The eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year institution
  • Intend to pursue a research career in natural science, mathematics or engineering
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident

Please see the Steps in the Nomination Process web page for more information.

Truman Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

The Truman Scholarship for graduate and professional school requires application a year early; candidates apply as juniors. You must demonstrate outstanding potential for public service and be committed to making a difference through careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education, or elsewhere in the field. You will write a brief policy proposal as part of your application.

 

Native American Congressional Internship Program

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

Application Information

Description:

The Native American Congressional Internship Program provides American Indian and Alaska Native students with the opportunity to gain practical experience with the federal legislative process in order to understand first-hand the government-to-government relationship between Tribes and the federal government.  The internship is funded by the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy.

This is a great summer internship program for Native American undergraduate, law, and graduate students in DC. 

Boren Awards

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

Application Information

Description:

Boren Scholarships for undergraduates, and Boren Fellowships for graduates, are an initiative of the National Security Education Program and provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.  In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. Graduate student awards are $30,000 and undergraduate awards are $20,000.

Please contact UM Boren campus representative Marja Unkuri-Chaudry at marjac@mso.umt.edu or at 406.243.2296 for additional information.

Ridge Research Awards

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

Application Information

Description:

The Ridge Research Awards foster student research that utilizes the resources in the Ridge Library (housed at the The Learning Center at St. Patrick Hospital) and other resources.  Up to five awards of $1000.00, payable in two installments, are available.  For this round of scholarships, applications related to health disparities and inequity, narrative medicine, storytelling, end-of-life care options, climate change and health, suicide and community response to suicide, and social determinants of health are particularly encouraged, although all topics that fit within the general guidelines will be considered.

Dennis R. Washington Native American Fellowship

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

Application Information

Description:

The Fellowship upholds Dennis Washington's long time vision of promoting the betterment of society and the development of a highly diverse workforce through education. There will be one fellowship awarded which will consist of: $10,000 stipend; designation as a research or teaching assistant; eligibility for Montana Native American Fee Waiver. The University of Montana can choose whether or not to renew the Fellowship after the first year (maximum two years for a Master's program and three years for a PhD program).

Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be accepted to a Master's or Doctoral degree program at the Graduate School of the University of Montana or Montana State University (no law degree or medical related field, including pharmacy)
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 for undergraduate and 3.0 during any graduate program work
  • Graduate from a 4-year regionally accredited institution of higher learning anywhere in the United States
  • Montana resident
  • Enrolled member of a Montana Indian Tribe

George M. Dennison Civic Engagement Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

MTCC’s George Dennison Civic Engagement Scholarship honors students at Montana Campus Compact (MTCC) affiliate campuses who have volunteered significant time, energy and resources – while pursuing a degree or certificate – to projects that make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.  MTCC selects at least nine current undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of one year of college or community college at a MTCC Affiliate Campus.

Half of the funds for each $1000 scholarship have been donated in memory of George M. Dennison by Jane Dennison and sons, Rick and Robert Dennison, and their families.  George Dennison was a tireless champion of service and was the co-founder of Montana Campus Compact.  The other half of each scholarship is matched by the winners’ institutions.

Research & Creative Scholarship Fund

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

Application Information

Description:

Research and Creative Scholarship Fund (RCSF) offer undergraduates and graduates funding to:

  • Conduct a research project
  • Produce an academic creative work
  • Travel to present a research/creative project, volunteer, or participate in professional development

Student applicants must be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or higher) and there must be no outstanding holds or debts on the applicant’s student account.