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.


Wyss Scholars Program for the Conservation of the American West

Deadline: Friday, December 17, 2021 at 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 17, 2021 at noon MST.  Application materials must be submitted in a single PDF by Thursday, January 6, 2022 and interviews will be held the week of January 17th.

Bob & Sue Brown Undergraduate Scholarships for Ethics in Public Affairs

Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2022
Applicants: Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

The Mansfield Center will be offering two scholarships totaling $3,000 to two UM undergraduates each year to recognize the importance of ethics in public affairs.  The scholarships will be awarded annually to authors of academic papers or creative projects that focus substantially on a topic or topics related to Ethics in Public Affairs, submitted in fulfillment of course requirements in any subject part of the undergraduate curriculum.

Research & Creative Scholarship Fund

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

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.

Boren Awards

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

Interested students are encouraged to contact:

Kylla Benes, Director of Prestigious Scholarships
Davidson Honors College, University of Montana
Office:  DHC 116
Phone:  406-243-5241
Email:  kylla.benes@umontana.edu

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.

Goldwater Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

Established by Congress in 1986, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program provides $7,500 for outstanding 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.

Interested students are encouraged to contact:

Kylla Benes, Director of Prestigious Scholarships
Davidson Honors College, University of Montana
Office:  DHC 116
Phone:  406-243-5241
Email:  kylla.benes@umontana.edu

Truman Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

This prestigious award recognizes undergraduates who show outstanding potential as leaders in public service and who are poised to be future “change agents.”  If awarded, students receive $30k in funding for graduate school and other benefits such as enhanced access to competitive graduate schools, professional development, and scholar programming.  The eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • a full-time junior-level student during the 2021-2022 academic year ('junior' means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2022 and August 2023, or a student in their third year of collegiate study who expects to graduate during the 2021-2022 academic year)
  • in the top 25% of their class
  • a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa (resident aliens are not eligible)
  • show sustained and substantial involvement in campus and/or community service
  • have made a unique impact from a position of leadership
  • are a competitive applicant to their graduate schools of interest
  • are committed to a career in public service

In addition, applicants must be prepared to commit 3 of the 7 years following graduate school to working in public service.  Public service is defined broadly as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private schools, and public service-oriented nonprofits.

Interested students are encouraged to contact:

Kylla Benes, Director of Prestigious Scholarships
Davidson Honors College, University of Montana
Office:  DHC 116
Phone:  406-243-5241
Email:  kylla.benes@umontana.edu

Udall Scholarship

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

Kylla Benes, Director of Prestigious Scholarships
Davidson Honors College, University of Montana
Office:  DHC 116
Phone:  406-243-5241
Email:  kylla.benes@umontana.edu