Gianforte Trade and Technology Scholarships

Qualifying recipients will receive $1,500 for full-time or $750 for part-time enrollment. This scholarship is applicable to many technical and trade focused programs, eligible programs include automotive technology, plumbing, electronics, construction, diesel technology, cybersecurity, and dozens of other computer and technical programs.

General Information

This scholarship is applicable to many technical and trade focused programs, and requires applicants meet specific criteria including filing a FAFSA and being a Montana resident. Applicants must be currently enrolled during the term they are applying for. More information is available in the Gianforte Trade and Technology Scholarship Fact Sheet.

Students may receive a combination of scholarships over their enrollment period but may not receive more than the equivalent of 4 semesters full-time or 8 semesters part-time awards.

Application Deadlines:

Fall semester - September 1
Spring semester - February 1

Eligibility Requirements

To receive $1,500 per semester for full time students; $750 per semester for part-time students applicants must 

  1. Must be a resident of the state of Montana per Board of Regents Policy 940.1
  2. File a FAFSA (dual credit students are not required to file a FAFSA)
  3. Have Unmet Need (Cost of Attendance minus Student Aid Index SAI minus other aid except loans = Unmet Need)
  4. Be in Good Standing at a qualifying campus (Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  5. Take a minimum of 6 credits in qualifying program

Application Process

Applying is a multi-step process. Students must complete each of the following steps by the deadline for their application to be considered complete;

  1. Meet eligibility requirements outlined above
  2. Submit a complete application through the Award Montana Portal 
  3. Be enrolled in at least 6 credits at one of the qualifying campuses/programs

Qualifying Campuses

  • Aaniiih Nakoda College
  • City College MSU Billings
  • Dawson Community College
  • Flathead Valley Community College
  • Fort Peck Community College
  • Gallatin College MSU
  • Great Falls College MSU
  • Helena College UM
  • Highlands College of MT Tech
  • Little Big Horn College
  • Miles Community College
  • Missoula College - UM
  • MSU Northern
  • Salish Kootenai College
  • Stone Child

Contact Award Montana

Do you have questions about scholarship applications or need help getting started? Don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Phone: 1-800-537-7508

Award Montana