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Montana Access Scholarship

A partnership for Montana’s future

The 66th Montana Legislature approved $2 million in need-based student aid that, when matched one-to-one by private donations, will provide a total of $4 million in financial aid for students in the Montana University system for the next two years.

We’ve met our initial goal and secure our matching funds for academic year ’19-’20! A big thank you to the 116 donors who stepped forward to help us secure the match. Now, we turn our attention to next year. For academic year ’20-’21, we will be able to offer another 140 Montana Access Scholarships provided we can raise $70,000 in matching funds by July of 2020. Our total goal is $128,000 in private donations, which, along with the match, will enable Montana Tech to award 256 students a scholarship to pursue their educational goals at Montana Tech over the next two academic years. As you make plans for your year-end gifts, know that a gift to the Montana Access Scholarship Fund will be doubled. If you have access to a corporate match, your gift could be tripled.

Montana Access Scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded annually to qualifying resident, full-time undergraduate students enrolled for at least 12 credits per semester. Statewide, the program will provide 4,000 scholarships in all. The scholarship is based on need as determined by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), an index number that is calculated according to a formula established by law and the information from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Montana Access Scholarship is in effect until June 30, 2021, so please don’t delay in making your gift go twice as far. There are Montana resident students out there waiting for you to make a difference in their lives.

Allocation by enrollment The number of scholarships available for each campus through the Montana Access Scholarship is determined by its percentage of the total enrollment for the entire Montana University System (MUS), based on a three-year enrollment average.

If an institution does not successfuly raise its eligible amount, the state funds will be returned back to the pool for other institutions to use as they raise funds for the state match.