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Philipsburg Area Education Foundation (PAEF)

About Us

Our Mission

We generate and channel public and/or private resources to improve the quality of educational opportunities for the citizens of the greater Philipsburg Area.

Programs We Support

  • Scholarships for first-time and returning college students
  • Scholarships for first-time and returning vocational/technical training students
  • High school concurrent enrollment
  • Middle school students essay contest
  • High school students essay contests
  • Enrichment programs for school-age children in the arts and sciences
  • Adult education and training

Our Service Area -- Granite County

  • Philipsburg
  • Drummond
  • Helmville
  • Hall
  • Georgetown Lake



 The current year scholarship offerings are listed here. 

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Click here for application forms. Download forms to complete and mail in, along with required documents. See scholarships for college, scholarships for training, writing contests, and links for  financial aid.

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Click here for application and contest procedures.  Incomplete packets or those received after the deadline may not be considered. 

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 Click here to see the current and past years scholarship recipients.  These students made it one step closer to a prosperous future, and represent the entire Granite County area. 

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what's new?

Grants for Teachers and Trainers

We offer grants to local educators and trainers for learning activities. Grant amounts are based on current year revenues in our general fund.  

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PAEF Newsletter

 We publish two newsletters per year to keep you informed about current PAEF events, available scholarship funds, and award winners.  

current newsletter

Writing Contests

We hold essay contests for 7/8th, 9/10th and 11th/12th grade students and adults. For school-age children, awards are maintained in the PAEF endowment fund until the students graduate and choose an educational institutional to apply the scholarship.  Contest information is disseminated in the classroom about topics, requirements and awards.

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Interested in joining our board?

New members have joined our Board of Directors in 2018.  Welcome Vicki Burgmeier, Jackie Walters and Cheryl Locke.  We are looking for representation on our board from Drummond, Hall and Helmville.  Interested?  Call Sue Huffman 406-859-0141. 



The Philipsburg Area Education Foundation (PAEF), is a nonprofit tax-exempt charitable organization. It was founded on December 7, 1999 to expand funds available to provide educational opportunities for our citizens.  PAEF has awarded thousands of dollars to students throughout area.

PAEF established an endowment fund with The Montana Community Foundation (MCF).  Endowment fund donations are invested in the market utilizing services of the MCF investment pool.  Only the earnings from these investments are used to implement PAEF's mission.  PAEF can draw 4% of this balance one time per year to fund its mission. Funds donated to various awards, such as the Rose and Thomas Brogan Memorial Scholarship, are held in this fund to be drawn upon when a scholarship is to be awarded.  

PAEF also established a general fund to accept donations from people who wanted to contribute specific dollars for specific students and projects. Some donations are one-time gifts of cash, and some are gifts of personal property to be converted to cash for awards.  General fund donations are used for immediate cash outlays such as the payment of scholarships reported in the newsletters.   

To view or download our Executive Summary, click here. 


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Philipsburg Area Education Foundation

PO Box 900, Philipsburg, MT 59858-0900, US

(406) 859-0141