MUS Honor Scholarship

The MUS Honor Scholarship is a 4-year renewable scholarship, which waives the recipient’s tuition when used at an eligible campus. Its average value at a 4-year Montana campus is $4,000 a year or $16,000 for four years. The Montana Guaranteed Student Loan Program intends to offer up to 200 scholarships (contingent upon continued funding of the program) annually. View the MUSHS Fact Sheet. View the Rigorous Core Fact Sheet.

The scholarship does not cover mandatory or class fees. Students should ask the college for a list of fees that are not covered by the scholarship.

Application period for this year (2015) is now closed. Please check back December 2015 to apply for next year.

For more information regarding these scholarships, please contact the Scholarship Department at 1-800-537-7508 or

Information regarding scholarships awarded by our office is subject to change based on final budget approvals. Funding for these scholarships is not guaranteed and final approval for scholarship awards may be determined after the application period has ended.

In addition, criteria noted for each scholarship is used as a minimum starting point for consideration, the final number of scholarships may be limited. Meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee selection.

MUS Honor Scholarships may be used at the following campuses:

U of M - Missoula MSU - Bozeman Dawson CC
Missoula College UM MSU - Billings Flathead CC
U of M - Western City College MSU Miles CC
Helena College UM MSU - Northern  
Montana Tech Great Falls College MSU  
Highlands College of MT Tech  

How are the scholarships awarded?

Students from each high school will be ranked in GPA order. The individual(s) with the highest GPA will be awarded 30 points, the next highest will be given 29, and so forth, until all students with at least a 3.4 GPA are ranked. Once the GPA score has been determined, this score will be added to the student’s ACT or SAT* score (taken by December 31st of their senior year), whichever is higher, to create a composite score. The students with the highest composite scores in the state will be offered the MUS Honor Scholarship.

*SAT scores are converted to equivalent ACT scores

UN-WEIGHTED example GPA Ranking For MUSHS Scoring Purposes (GPAs will be rounded to the nearest tenth)

Name Original GPA Rounded GPA Points
John 4.0 4.0 30
Carol 3.987 4.0 30
Katie 3.9 3.9 29
Brian 3.875 3.9 29
Larry 3.667 3.7 28
Anne 3.321 3.3 27

WEIGHTED example GPA Ranking For MUSHS Scoring Purposes (GPAs will be rounded to the nearest tenth)

Name Original GPA Rounded GPA Points
John 4.4 4.4 30
Carol 4.312 4.3 29
Katie 4.251 4.3 29
Brian 4.14 4.1 28
Larry 4.0 4.0 27
Anne 3.98 4.0 27

A high school which uses weighted grade point averages must use weighted averages for all students.

Student Eligibility Requirements

To apply students must;

  1. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 at the end of the seventh semester in high school;
  2. Have met the Board of Regents Admission Policy and Rigorous Core Requirements and Classes; (students have until the date of high school graduation to complete this requirement)
  3. Have been enrolled at an accredited Montana high school for three years, including their senior year;
  4. Be a U.S. citizen and Montana Resident; and
  5. Be accepted to and an eligible campus of the Montana University System.

How do I apply?

Applying for the MUS Honor Scholarship is a multi-step process. You must complete each of the following steps and submit the required paperwork by the deadline in order for your application to be considered complete (late or incomplete applications will not be accepted);

  1. Take the ACT or SAT test(s) by December 31 of your senior year;
  2. Apply to and be accepted by one of the eligible campuses as early as possible;
  3. Register and complete the online application at;
  4. Have your High School counselor complete the section of the application to verify that you are on track to complete the Rigorous Core Requirement;
  5. Mail your application packet to SFS, this packet must include these materials;
    a. Signed application (signed by you and your counselor)
    b. 7th semester High School transcript (reflecting your cumulative GPA)
    c. Proof/certification of your ACT or SAT score
    d. College acceptance letter

Scholarship Retention

This scholarship may be retained for a maximum of 8 semesters. Students must;

  1. Utilize the scholarship within 9 months after high school graduation;
  2. Maintain a 3.4 cumulative grade point average (GPA) per academic year;
  3. Complete a minimum of 30 credits after two semesters, 60 credit hours after four semesters, and 90 credit hours after six semesters;
  4. Abide by the student conduct code of the home campus; and
  5. Remain enrolled continuously each fall/spring semester for the life of the scholarship.

The MUS Honor Scholarship policy can be found here.

For more information regarding this scholarship, please contact the Scholarship Department at 1-800-537-7508 or

Scholarship Award Process

  • Once awards are announced High School Counselors/Designees will be notified, in addition, ALL recipients of these scholarships will be notified by mail.
  • If awarded, each recipient must accept or decline the offered scholarship, please be sure to return the information promptly.
  • SFS will award the MUS Honor Scholarships first in the process (mid-April), once those are all accepted or declined, the Governor’s Merit Scholarship will be awarded (early May), Awards for the Governor’s Merit-at-Large should be announced late May. These dates are subject to change without notice.

For more information regarding these scholarships, please contact the Scholarship Department at 1-800-537-7508 or

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