Pursuing Scholarships is Worth the College Savings

Unlike student loans, scholarships are free money that do not have to be repaid. But it takes some effort to receive scholarship funds.

Even if it's only $100, apply. For every $100 you might win, that's $100 less you'll have to borrow. On the average student loan, you'll pay nearly $2 for every dollar borrowed. Don't overlook small, local scholarships, and don’t let applying for larger scholarships intimidate you.

Scholarships are listed by category and application due date. Check back often for new additions!

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Scholarships to be applied to Spring account

  • Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship
    The Early Childhood Services Bureau offers Best Beginnings child care scholarships to qualified low-income families whose child receives care from a licensed child care center, licensed group or family child care home, or Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) child care provider. Each family participates in the cost of that care by making a copayment based on a sliding fee scale. Scholarships are available to work families whose income is at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and families who get cash assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Due date: Continuous 
  • Joe Smietanka Memorial Scholarship
    Available to a student who has been convicted of a felony and plans to pursue a degree or vocational certification at Helena College. This scholarship has been made available to assist with the of books, supplies or tools. A student returning to school will have preference. Award: $250 for both spring 2023 and fall 2024 semesters; Due date: October 13th, 2023.
  • Helena Gold Rush Lions Scholarship
    Currently enrolled non-traditional students OR students who have been away from school/college for a minimum of a year. Award: $500 for the spring 2024 semester; Due date: October 20th, 2023.
  • Turman Larison Arts Scholarship
    Currently enrolled students seeking an art pathway. Digital images of 10 separate pieces of work from portfolio and in good academic standing is required. Award: $1,250 for the spring semester; Due date: October 31st, 2023
  • NBCU Fall 2023 Scholarship
    Currently enrolled in either a media arts, cosmetology, or other programming focusing on media & communications. Award: 10 X $2,500; Due date: November 1st, 2023
  • Path ScholarshipThis emergency funding application is for students who have had a recent unexpected hardship. The PATH Scholarship was made possible through a grant from the Ellucian Foundation to support students facing economic hardships that might otherwise result in their leaving school. Due date: Nov. 17th, 2023.


  • Reach Higher Montana
    Have a curated list of scholarships for state & local scholarships for Montana students. Senior Send-Off Scholarships are open to MT high school seniors. Award: Varies Due date: varies
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation
    Numerous scholarships are available to students entering manufacturing-related fields; see website for various applications; Award:  varies; Due date:  Nov. 1-Feb. 1
  • Skills USA Awards (See high school instructor for details)
    Tuition waivers to Helena College offered to 1 st/2 nd place winners of specific Skills USA Competitions; Award: One year Helena College Tuition Waiver;  Due date: Awarded after State Skills USA Competitions
  • Opportunity Bank of Montana
    Graduating high school senior of Lewis & Clark, Broadwater, Jefferson, Gallatin, or Silver Bow counties; GPA 3.0; Award:  varies $750-1500; Due date: Sept. 20
  • American Bullion Scholarship
    Must be currently enrolled at an accredited high school; a legal resident of the U.S. or hold a valid U.S. student visa; Award: 5x $250; Due date: Oct. 31
  • Violet Richardson Award
    Presented to young women between the ages of 14-17 who make the world a better place through their volunteer efforts; Award: $500 split equally between the winner and the charity of their choice; Due date: Dec. 1
  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships
    See website for further information; Award: varies; Due date: Dec. 1
  • National Honor Society Scholarships
    Current high school senior and a member in good standing of an active NHS chapter; Award: $2,850-$22,650; Due date: Dec. 10
  • Burger King McLamore Foundation
    High school seniors, and all BK corporate & field employees, their spouses, and children; Award: up to $1,000; Due date: Dec. 15

We've compiled a list of our favorite scholarship search tools to assist you in paying for your college education. There are thousands of scholarships available to students today, use these search tools to find them!

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