Do you know a student who could use $1,000 to help pay for their education? The Reach Higher Montana Scholarship program is now open at www.ReachHigherMontana.org. This year, the Montana-based nonprofit organization will award 81 scholarships, 30 awards for Class of 2022 graduating high school seniors and 50 awards for students currently attending a Montana college or university for use in the 2022-2023 academic year.

In addition, one $1,000 scholarship is earmarked for a current college student who has, or is currently, serving in the military.

“The Carl Valvoda Military Scholarship is awarded in memory of Carl Valvoda, the son and husband of two former co-workers, who passed away due to a brain tumor,” said Rhonda Safford, Reach Higher Montana Programs Manager.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 15, 2022. To be eligible for the scholarship, all applicants must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA, be attending or have graduated from a Montana high school and completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2022-2023.

Scholarships may only be used at Montana post-secondary education institutions, including private and tribal colleges and two-year, four-year and university campuses. Scholarship funds are awarded directly to the colleges and can be applied towards any elements of the recipient’s cost of attendance as calculated by the financial aid office.

“The Reach Higher Montana Scholarship is one of our most popular scholarships, receiving between 800 and 900 applications each year” said Steve Coop, Reach Higher Montana Programs Manager. “For more information on the scholarship or what you can do to make your application stand out, please visit our website at reachhighermontana.org and view the many resources we have available for free!”

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