DHC Coordinated Scholarships

Presidential Leadership Scholarship
The Watkins Scholarship
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Research Awards
DHC Student-Faculty Summer Research Fellowship
Dailey Study Abroad Scholarships
DHC Study Abroad Scholarships
The Jane Buttrey Memorial Scholarship


Presidential Leadership Scholarship

The Presidential Leadership Scholarship is the University of Montana’s premier freshman scholarship. Presidential Scholars are chosen solely on academic merit with scholarships being renewable for a total of four years. Approximately 25 PLS awards are made each year to incoming freshman.

Resident students receive a full tuition waiver. Non-resident students either have their tuition discounted through the WUE program or they receive a waiver equivalent to in-state tuition (currently $4,373). All PLS recipients also receive a stipend of $7,500 for the Gold Level or $5,000 for the Silver Level.

PLS recipients cannot receive tuition designated scholarships in excess of tuition. Usually, non-resident students awarded the LAS or WSS are able to retain their scholarship in addition to the waiver of in-state tuition because the combination does not exceed tuition. Resident students who are awarded UM's Montana Academic Achievement Scholarship (MAA) are not able to retain these as they are also tuition designated. MT residents cannot receive the tuition waiver associated with the PLS and the MUS Honors Scholarship so should accept the MUS Honors Scholarship because of its portability.

Eligibility: All DHC Application Forms completed and submitted to the Davidson Honors College by December 2 will be considered for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship. Eligible candidates for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship must be recent high school graduates who have not previously enrolled as a regular college or university student. Finalists in the autumn 2015 class of Presidential Leadership Scholars posted an average of 3.81 GPA, SAT combined score of 2013, and ACT composite score of 31.

How to Apply: DHC Application Forms completed and submitted to the Davidson Honors College by December 2 will be considered for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship. After that date, DHC applicants are not eligible for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship, but they will be considered for admission to the Davidson Honors College on a rolling basis throughout the spring semester.

In order to complete this application, you'll need to provide:

1. Basic biographical information
2. Information about your academic background and achievements
3. An electronic copy of your unofficial transcript(s)
4. A short statement about your academic interests: What major(s) or academic area(s) of interest do you plan to pursue at the University of Montana? What interests you about that field of study? What are your future career goals and other professional aspirations? Limit your statement to 300 words, maximum.
5. A brief essay of 600-1,000 words on one of the following topics:
Topic 1: Describe an event in your life, a person, a book, or an experience (choose one) that has had a profound effect on you. How has it influenced change in you, your attitudes, and/or your goals?
OR
Topic 2: What does leadership mean to you? What is the most inspiring example of leadership that you have witnessed? Why was this example of leadership so inspiring, and what have you learned from it?

Special note: Our application also requires that you submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or professor. We prefer that you provide us with your teacher's email address so that we can request the letter directly from them. If that is not possible, you can have your teacher send us a hard copy of their letter by following the instructions found within this application.

Your transcript(s) and letter of recommendation can be mailed to:

Davidson Honors College
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr.
Missoula, MT 59812.


The Watkins Scholarship

The Watkins Scholarship Program generally awards $2,000 to ten seniors per year, and is open to all UM-Missoula students. All applicants must anticipate attaining senior status (at least 90 credits) by autumn semester of the scholarship award period; have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher at the time of application; plan on working on a senior research project or creative activity that will be directed by a faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The annual application deadline is the last Friday in March  for scholarships to be awarded in the next academic year. Specific information can be found by downloading the application below. All students who complete a research project funded by a Watkins Scholarship are required to submit an electronic copy of their thesis or final research paper to the Mansfield Library through ScholarWorks, using the following template as a formatting guide.

Undergraduate Research/Watkins Award Application
Undergraduate Research Project Template
How to Submit Undergraduate Research Papers to ScholarWorks


Undergraduate Student/Faculty Research Awards

Undergraduate Research Awards will support up to ten student/faculty research teams. These awards are open to any undergraduate at the University of Montana-Missoula. Each successful student applicant will receive an undergraduate research scholarship of $500-$1,500 per semester. The program is intended to provide selected students (sophomores through seniors) the opportunity to spend the academic year apprenticing with a faculty mentor; learning from and assisting with faculty research activity; and planning, developing, and carrying out his or her own undergraduate research project with the guidance of that faculty mentor.

The annual application deadlines are the last Friday in March for full-year scholarships and November 15th for spring-semester scholarships. Specific information can be found by downloading the application below.  All students who complete a research project funded by an Undergraduate Research Scholarship are required to submit an electronic copy of their thesis or final research paper to the Mansfield Library through ScholarWorks, using the following template as a formatting guide. 

Undergraduate Research Award Application
Undergraduate Research Project Template
How to Submit Undergraduate Research Papers to ScholarWorks



DHC Student-Faculty Summer Research Fellowships

The Davidson Honors College invites applications from DHC students and their faculty mentors for summer research project fellowships. Up to four student-faculty research teams will receive funding for their research projects during each summer semester. The fellowship will provide financial support for both the student ($3,000) and the faculty mentor ($2,000). This financial support may be disbursed as student and faculty stipends or as research expenses for books, materials, equipment, and travel. The program is open to Davidson Honors College students of all majors. Funding priority shall be given to projects in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts, although exemplary projects in the natural and physical sciences can also be considered. Applications for the DHC Student-Faculty Summer Research Fellowship must be submitted to the Davidson Honors College by noon on March 20. The DHC Student Faculty Summer Research Fellowships are not being offered for Summer 2016.

DHC Student-Faculty Summer Research Fellowship Application 



Dailey Study Abroad Scholarships

The University of Montana offers up to two Dailey Study Abroad Scholarships of $1,500 in support of a full-year study abroad program in a country where English is not commonly spoken. All undergraduates at the University of Montana-Missoula are eligible to apply; preference shall be given to individuals who graduated from a Montana high school. The application deadline is the last Friday in March for the following academic year.

Dailey Study Abroad Scholarship Application



DHC Study Abroad Scholarships

The Davidson Honors College offers Study Abroad Scholarships toward the cost of a study abroad experience. Funds are available for study abroad programs and for IE3 Global Internships anywhere in the world.  Only Davidson Honors College students are eligible for these awards.  Application deadline: November 15th (for winter session and spring semester) and the last Friday in March (for summer and autumn semester). To apply for this scholarship, download and submit the DHC Study Abroad Scholarship Application below.

DHC Study Abroad Scholarship Application



The Jane Buttrey Memorial Scholarship

The Davidson Honors College awards up to ten Jane Buttrey Memorial Scholarships each year to outstanding Juniors who demonstrate both academic excellence and financial need. These awards typically range in value from $1,000 to $1,500.  This scholarship is open to all University of Montana-Missoula students who meet the scholarship criteria.  All applicants must attain Junior status (60-90 credits) by autumn semester of their scholarship year; major or minor in the humanities or social sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences; have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4 at the time of application; and demonstrate financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office.  The application deadline is April 15th each year for scholarships to be awarded in the following academic year.  To apply for this scholarship, download and submit the Jane Buttrey Memorial Scholarship Application below.

Jane Buttrey Memorial Scholarship Application