Here, at the bottom of this page, you will find applications, instructions and other links that may help you apply for scholarships or contests. Download, print and complete application forms and attach all required materials. Be sure to download the Scholarship Application Checklist to make sure you have all required documents.
If you are applying for a PAEF Scholarship, read each scholarship description carefully as you may want to submit different essays for different scholarships, or you may have to submit additional documentation supporting a particular subject major or provide proof of financial need.
All scholarship applications require an essay of 500 or more words, which describes how this scholarship will assist in achieving your career goals. In some cases, an additional essay is required regarding a particular subject matter. For example, the O'Rourke Essay requires you to read his biography, and then write an essay comparing your life or struggles to his.
All scholarship applications require three letters of recommendation which attest to your character and academic potential. These letters need not be from high school or college staff -- look to your community or employers too. Students already attending a post-secondary institution should have recommendations from teachers at that institution and/or current employer. DO NOT submit letters of recommendation from high school -- we want to see current letters. Sometimes people hesitate writing a letter of recommendation; in that case, you might want to provide for them with How to write a letter of recommendation for a college student.
Some scholarships are directed toward students with financial need. In that case, you will need other information for the committee to use in evaluating need.
The completed application packet must be returned no later than the 2nd Friday in April to:
P. O. Box 900
Philipsburg, MT 59858
The completed scholarship application packet may also be handed directly to a Board Member. LATE or INCOMPLETE applications will not be considered.
If you are applying for one of the writing contests, read the entire application package and meet the specific requirements for contest. The deadlines and mailing instructions differ from the scholarship application.
Students who are selected to receive a scholarship and contest award shall be asked to attend a special reception in their honor, along with family members. The reception is held on the 2nd Monday in May. Location shall be communicated to the recipients.
Before an award is sent to the college or institution of choice, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) must be signed by the student which states the terms and conditions of the award. In the event a recipient does not sign or fulfil the terms of the MOU, scholarship funds shall be passed to the first person on the alternate list in the current year.