College Scholarships & Guidance

For assistance, contact Ms.Henderson at (406) 295-4520 and/or ahenderson@troyk12.org

Financial Aid

Nearly all Troy students attending some form of post-secondary education will qualify for need-based financial aid. The prerequisite for nearly all of this financial aid is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA.

Follow the link for an overview of all types of need-based federal aid: Student Aid Page

You and one parent will need a Federal Student Aid ID to complete the FAFSA.  
Follow the link to obtain the FSA ID: FSA-ID Page

Colleges have important financial aid deadlines to be aware of. Many regional colleges require the FAFSA to be completed by December 1st.  Consult the admissions or financial aid office if you have questions. While late applications are processed, students do not receive as much financial aid when they miss the original filing deadline.

Scholarship Strategies

Most scholarship dollars are often granted from the college that accepts you for admission. As such, make certain you meet their scholarship application deadlines. If you have questions, contact the admissions office of that school.

Consider the Competition
Consider the competition for a scholarship before taking the time to apply.

  1. First, apply locally; chances are you’ll be competing against only a handful of other applicants.

  2. Next, look for regional scholarships.

  3. Then, time permitting, consider scholarships that are for Montana residents only.

National scholarships are riskier, considering the potential size of the applicant pool - there is no telling how many other students you are competing against. However, your level of accomplishment, such as distinguishing yourself with exceptional grades, test scores, extra-curricular accomplishments, etc., may indeed make you nationally competitive. Use your time wisely and prioritize scholarship applications accordingly.

Watch Out for Fees
The whole purpose of a scholarship is to give you money, not take money from you. Do not pay anything beyond a postage stamp for mailing your application. No reputable scholarship organization solicits money from prospective applicants. Be on the lookout for “application processing” fees, “guaranteed to find scholarships for which you are eligible” fees," or request for a credit card number “for identification purposes.”

The following are reputable search engines for scholarship services:

Submit Only YOUR Work
College is expensive and the competition for scholarships means there are no guarantees. Despite the potential temptation of having a parent or well-meaning adult complete your application, do not do it! Applications determined to not be the student's own work, or those that are incomplete, are routinely disqualified. While it is perfectly acceptable to have someone proofread an application or any essays that may be required, it is the student's responsibility to submit their own work; this includes attaching necessary transcripts, letters of recommendation, or supplemental documents as defined by each scholarship.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Some scholarship links take you directly to an online form to be filled out and submitted. However, MOST local scholarship links take you to a Google Doc. You do not need to ask me to share the document with you. Instead, make a copy of the application, fill it out, and then print and submit it to my office by the deadline. Make certain you attach all required documents, including transcripts as necessary, as I WILL NOT amend or edit your application in any way. You alone are responsible for making sure your application is complete.

2023 Scholarships

Payne Family Impact Scholarship U of Montana

Montana State University Presidential Scholarship

Hopa Mountain Vocational Scholarship

Reach Higher Montana Scholarship

Northern Lights/MECA Scholarship

Youth Serve Montana Scholarship

FVCC Institutional Scholarships

Gianforte Trade and Technical Scholarship

Dorothy and Luther Campbell Scholarship

Stanley R Kargol Memorial Scholarship

Three Rivers Ranger District Forest Service Scholarship

Troy Youth Foundation Scholarship

Libby Rotary Club Scholarship

Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Scholarship

The Williams Family Scholarship

The Yaak Valley Forest Council Scholarship

Montana Clerk and Recorder's Scholarship

Montana Odd Fellow and Rebekah Scholarship

The Horatio Alger Montana Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Montana University System Honors Scholarship

Montana's STEM and Healthcare Scholarship

PNACAC Student Scholarships

Cabinet Peaks Medical Center

Holy Trinity Diligence Award

Montana Community Foundation Scholarships

James A Benedict Memorial Scholarship

Ortho Rehab Scholarship

The Kathy Berke Memorial Scholarship

The Lincoln County Credit Union Financial Literacy Award

The Sonya Neisess Memorial Scholarship

Troy All School Reunion/Jim Johnston Memorial Scholarship

John Konzen Memorial Scholarship

The Ron Osborne Memorial Scholarship

Troy Masonic Lodge Scholarship

William Swanson Memorial Scholarship

Black Mountain Software Scholarship

Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Scholarship

Mark Norley Memorial Art Scholarship

Big Sky State Games Scholarship

Miles Community College Scholarships

Deadlines

ASAP--rolling deadline

December 1, 2023

December 1, 2023

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