Montana is a great state to live if you are a student. Going to college can be fun and rewarding for Montana students. And finding the school grants in Montana or other sources of financial aid for college can help.
The idea behind funding for the Governor’s Best and Brightest Scholarship for Montana students is to keep their hopes and dreams alive by giving them a better future through improved access to college via need-based and merit-based grants. The state of Montana wants Montana students to stay in Montana upon graduation thereby contributing to the prosperity of the state through the students’ work and professional careers after college.
There are three different categories of the Governor’s Best and Brightest Scholarship: 1) high school merit scholarships which offer $8,000 total over a 4-year degree program (i.e., $1,000 per semester); 2) merit-at-large scholarships which also offers $8,000 total over a 4-year degree program (i.e., $1,000 per semester); and 3) need-based scholarships which offers $1,000 per year for up to 2 year. For all three types of the Governor’s Best and Brightest Scholarship, the following are needed in order to be eligible: 1) you must be a resident of Montana; 2) you need to be accepted at or enrolled at a Montana college or university; 3) fill out the FAFSA (for scholarships based on need); 4) you need to have a high school GPA of 3.0 or more, or a score of 20 or above on the ACT, or 1440 or higher on the SAT, and be enrolled full-time in college (for scholarships based on merit); 5) you must not have already gotten a Montana University System Honor Scholarship; 6) register for selective service if you are a male; 7) you need to be aspiring to get either a first certificate, associate, or BA degree.
The Montana Senate Youth Program Scholarship is funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. There are 104 awards given of up to $5,000 per award in scholarship money, for the total amount awarded of $520,000 per year. The scholarship may be used at any 2-year or 4-year college in Montana. For more information about this scholarship, contact: Rita Almon, Program Director William Randolph Hearst Foundation; 90 New Montgomery Street; Suite 1212; San Francisco, CA 94105-4504; Phone: 800-841-7048; ext. 4540; Fax: 415-243-0760
Grants in Montana for 2012
Montana is a good state to get a higher education in. It can be expensive though to attend college. Not only is there tuition to think about but also other education related fees. For those students wishing to attend college in Montana there are grants that can make your goals of a higher education easier to afford. Let us look at two of the most popular grants in the state now:
Montana Higher Education Grant: This grant is based on financial need and is intended for those who show the greatest level of need for monetary assistance to attend school. The intention of this grant program is to make it possible for those students who might not otherwise be able to attend college to do so. The money given to students through this grant award is matched by the federal government. This provides students with an added incentive to apply for this education grant. Applicants must be residents of the state to qualify.
Montana Tuition Assistance Grant (Baker Grant): This grant program is aimed at financially needy individuals who require help to pay for tuition and related expenses. Eligible candidates should file their applications as early as possible. The sooner you can get your application ready and submitted the better. This is because there is only so much money available on an annual basis for the Montana Tuition Assistance Grant. The deadline is March 1, 2012. To be eligible for this grant the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for a student who applies must be less than $6550.