Types of Aid: Scholarships for New Students

MSU Northern freshman scholarships and awards are available to those seeking undergraduate bachelor degree programs only. We have a limited number of scholarships for transfer students, as well.  

The following scholarships are for new, first-time freshman only:

 McBride Family Scholarship 

 The McBride Family scholarship is available to two outstanding students starting with the 2020-2021 academic year, and will   continue for up to four years, in the amount of $4,000 per year. The recipient must a Montana public high school graduate  with a 2.5 or better GPA, with preference give to Helena graduates. Please fill out and return the application by March 31,   2020.

 Chancellor’s Scholarship 

The Chancellor’s Scholarship is the most prestigious honor bestowed on an incoming resident freshman, in recognition of outstanding academic achievement. The scholarship recipients will receive $2,000 per year, for up to four years. $1,000 will be applied as a tuition waiver and $1,000 as a scholarship. To be considered for the Chancellor’s Scholarship, resident freshmen should complete the new student application. To retain the Chancellor’s Scholarship, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or greater; complete at least 15 credits per semester; maintain full-time, resident status; and enroll continuously (except summer).

The Washington Foundation Diesel Scholarship 
This scholarship is offered by the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation for new Diesel Technology majors. Eligible applicants must:

• Enroll at full-time status
• Have and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
• Demonstrate evidence of co-curricular and community activities
• Be U.S. citizens
• Be a new Diesel Technology major

Preference will be given to:

• Montana high school graduates
• Montana residents
• Individuals who demonstrate financial need

Please fill out and return the application. The MSU-Northern Foundation will begin reviewing application packets on May 1, 2020.

Lions Club Scholarship

New, incoming freshmen from the following areas will be given preference for the Lions Club Freshman Scholarships: North Star Public School, Turner, Dodson, Malta, Chinook, Havre, Box Elder, Rocky Boy, Big Sandy and CJI Public Schools. Please fill out and return the paper application to Havre Lions Club, PO Box 248, Havre, MT 59501.
     Lions  Club Legacy Student Scholarship Application

Scholarships for new and transfer students by area:

Other Awards and Waivers

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Awards

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Awards will be available for each academic year. Only legal residents of the following states may be considered for WUE Scholarships at Montana State University-Northern: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). WUE recipients must also be US Citizens or permanent residents.

Students who apply for admission, and meet the WUE parameters below, will be offered the WUE award which is worth approximately $40,000 over a four year period. WUE award recipients will be billed at a tuition rate which is only 150% of the resident tuition. New freshmen may retain their WUE Award (which is a tuition rate) for up to four academic years (8 semesters). Students who are awarded a renewable WUE Award must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater, enroll for a minimum of 15 credits a semester, and maintain non-resident status and continuous enrollment to retain the award throughout their four years at MSU-Northern.

American Indian Tuition Waiver

The American Indian Tuition Waiver is available to Montana residents who are at least one-quarter American Indian blood or are enrolled members of a state of federally recognized Indian tribe which is located within the boundaries of the State of Montana. Students must also demonstrate financial need. For more information contact the MSU-Northern Office of Financial Aid at (406) 265-3787 .

Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship

Criteria:  Awarded to undergraduate students who are Pell Grant eligible (EFC $0 - 5,576) and whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer.  The student must have been less than 24 years old or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of the parent or guardian's death.

Value:  Maximum Pell Grant of $6,195 and EFC of zero will be used to package all Federal Student Aid, without regard to the student's FAFSA EFC. 

If you believe that you may meet the eligibility requirements for the Federal Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship, please fill out the application and provide the required documentation.

Honorably Discharged Veteran Tuition Waiver


  • You are a resident of the State of Montana;
  • You have received an Honorable discharge for service in active duty for other than training purposes;
  • You elected to become eligible for V.A. education benefits (title 38/Ch 30 or 32), but your benefits have expired or were exhausted;
  • You are meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as defined by your campus;
  • If served after Vietnam, are enrolled in your initial certificate, associate or baccalaureate degree.

Please see the application for more details.

Montana National Guard Tuition Waiver

A student who is a member of the MT National Guard is eligible for a tuition waiver, provided the student:

  • Is a bona fide member of the MT National Guard at the start of each semester for which the student is enrolled;
  • Is certified as a MT National Guard member in good standing who has completed Initial Entry Training;
  • Has applied for Military Federal Tuition Assistance prior to each eligible semester; • Does not hold a baccalaureate degree or higher;
  • Maintains Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy used in administering federal financial aid; and
  • Has an outstanding tuition balance after applying all other sources of aid .

MT National Guard members who do not meet the residency requirements provided in BOR Policy 940.1 but do meet the criteria listed above, are eligible for in-state tuition status for purposes of applying the tuition waiver under this policy. See the guidelines and more details in the application.

Surviving Dependents of Montana Firefighters/Peace Officers Waiver

QUALIFICATIONS: You may qualify for this waiver if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are a resident of the State of Montana and will be attending a Montana University System campus;
  • Your parent or spouse was a Montana Firefighter or Peace Officer that was killed in the course and scope of employment.

Please see the application for more details.

Surviving Dependents of Montana Firefighters/Peace Officers Waiver

QUALIFICATIONS: You may qualify for the War Orphans Tuition Waiver if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are a resident of the State of Montana and will be attending a Montana University System campus;
  • You are 25 years of age or under;
  • Your parent was a member of the armed forces of the United States who served on active duty during World War II,the Korean, Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts; such members of the armed forces must have been Montana residents at the time of entry into service and must have been killed in action or died as a result of combat related injury, disease, or other disability while in the service.

Please see the application for more details.


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