Scholarship Opportunities

Several individuals have established scholarships for American Indian students enrolled at the University of Montana. Scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of disciplines are available. Applications are available at Native American Studies and the deadline is March 1st. Use one application to apply for all scholarships. Late applications are accepted and reviewed, based on the availability of funding.

Ralph E. & Hulda M. Fields Scholarship

Established in 1988 by Carroll and Nancy O'Connor in memory of Mrs. O'Connor's father and mother. An annual award to four Native American students representing forestry, journalism, law, and pharmacy.

Earl Old Person Scholarship

Established in 1994 to honor Earl Old Person, Chief of the Blackfeet Nation. Awarded to a member of the Blackfeet Tribe who is a recent high school graduate or transfer from Blackfeet Community College. Must have a 3.0 gpa.

Sappenfield Scholarship

Established in 1992 by the daughters of Bert Sappenfield in honor of their father. Dr. Sapenfield taught in psychology at UM until 1978. An annual award to a Native American graduate student in psychology.

Bonnie Heavy Runner

Scholarship established in 1999 by several donors in memory of Bonnie Heavy Runner Craig, a highly respected UM Educator. An annual award to Native American students in law and Native American Studies.

Dennis & Gretchen Eck Scholarship

Established in 1993 by the Ecks, UM alumni,.An annual award to an enrolled member of the Assiniboine tribe or children of members.

Anna Marie Lucas Scholarship

Established in 1987 through the will of Ms. Lucas. An annual award to a Native American student enrolled full-time at UM.

Alice M. Phillips Scholarship

Established in 1976 by the will of Mrs. Phillips. Mr. Phillips was a UM history professor until 1954. Awarded to a Native American student. Preference given to history major.

Kate & Russell Stark Memorial Fund

Established in 1984 by the Starks. Mr. Stark graduated from UM in 1924. Provides more than one award to Native American graduate students in all fields.

Julia Hendrickson Staffanson Scholarship

Established by Meri Jaye in 1990 to honor a family friend and Native Montanan. Awarded to a Native American student enrolled full-time.

Marion E. Garess Scholarship

Established by Meri Jaye in 1990 in honor of her mother. Awarded to a Native American student enrolled full-time.

Knute W. Bergan Scholarship

Established in 1975 by Ruth Bergan in memory of her husband. Provides several scholarships for students who are enrolled members of a Montana Tribe.

Hileman Family Scholarship

Established in 1989 by Jim and Mary Hileman.An annual award for a Native American student who shows promise and determination.

Burt & Eva Spaulding Scholarship

Established in 1999 by the Spauldings, UM alumni. Annual awards to graduate and undergraduate Native American students.

George M. & Jane I. Dennison Scholarship

Established in 1992 by President and Mrs. Dennison. Awarded to an enrolled member of the Salish & Kootenai Confederated Tribes.

Alan P. Merriam Scholarship

Established in 1989 by Valerie Merriam in memory of her husband who was a UM Alumni.  Awarded to a Native American student with and interest in Native American Studies.

C.I. Furry Family Scholarship

Established in 1991 through the will of Doris Gregory.  Awarded to Native American students enrolled full-time and demonstrating good academic progress.