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District Office & Elementary School: 406-295-4321 | High School: 406-295-4520 501 E. Kalispell Ave, Troy, MT 59935

Need-based Financial Aid

Nearly all Troy students attending some form of post-secondary education (junior or community colleges, vocational-technical or trade schools, four-year colleges and universities) will qualify for some need-based financial aid.  The prerequisite for nearly all of this financial aid is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, generally called the FAFSA.

For a comprehensive overview of all types of need-based federal aid, click on the following link:

You and one parent will need a Federal Student Aid ID to complete the FAFSA.  Here’s the link to obtain the FSA ID:


Colleges have important financial aid deadlines.  Don’t miss them.  Most regional colleges want you to complete a FAFSA by December 1.  Consult the web page for the admissions or financial aid office if you have questions.  While late applications will be processed, typically students do not receive as much financial aid when they miss the FAFSA filing deadline.

Some thoughts on scholarship strategies

Most scholarship dollars (estimated at over 90 percent) will likely come from the college that accepts you for admission.  As such, it is advisable that you make certain to meet their scholarship application deadlines.  If you have questions, contact the admissions office of that school.

Consider the competition.

You would be wise to consider the competition for a scholarship before taking the time to apply.  Unless you have an unlimited supply of spare time (and I’m sure you don’t) then you simply cannot apply for every conceivable scholarship.  After the college that accepts you, your best bet for scholarship dollars are local sources.

Apply first to local scholarship organizations.  Chances are you’ll be competing against only a handful of other applicants.

After that, look for scholarships that are regional.  Then, if you still have time, consider applying for scholarships that are for Montana residents only.

Applying for national scholarships is, by definition, a long-shot gamble.  You might be competing against tens of thousands of other applicants.  However, your level of accomplishment may indeed make you nationally competitive.  If you’ve distinguished yourself with exceptional grades, test scores, extra-curricular accomplishments, or unique talents, you may indeed be nationally competitive.  The suggestion here is to use your time wisely and prioritize your time for completing scholarship applications accordingly.

Don’t get ripped off. 

Clever marketeers are waiting to charge you a fee.  It may be an “application processing” fee, a “guaranteed to find scholarships for which you are eligible” fee, or even a request for a credit card number “for identification purposes.”  NO REPUTABLE SCHOLARSHIP ORGANIZATION SOLICITS MONEY FROM PROSPECTIVE APPLICANTS.  The whole purpose of a scholarship is to give YOU money–not take in FROM you.  Don’t pay a dime beyond a postage stamp to mail in an application–ever.

Some reputable search engines for scholarship services:


Don’t lie, cheat, or steal.

College is expensive.   Competition for scholarships means there are no guarantees.  The temptation for parents or other well-meaning adults to complete a student’s scholarship on their behalf is real.

In a word, don’t.

It is the student’s responsibility to submit a completed application.  It is perfectly acceptable to have an adult proof-read an application or any essays that may be required.  However, it is the student’s responsibility to submit their own work.   This includes attaching any transcripts, letters of recommendation, or supplemental documents as defined by each scholarship.  Incomplete applications, or applications determined to not be the student’s own work, are routinely disqualified.

Please feel free to contact me at Troy High School at 295-4520 or via email ( if you have any questions.

Mr. Palmer

2022 Scholarships

ScholarshipDue Date
Black Mountain Software Scholarship04/15/2022
Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship11/15/2021
Montana State University Premier Scholarship02/01/2022
Montana State University Presidential Scholarship12/03/2021
Youth Serve Montana Scholarship01/31/2022
Payne Family Impact Scholarship at the University of MontanaNo deadline--first come first served so apply early.
Montana University System Honors and STEM Scholarships03/15/2022
Montana Jaycee Foundation Scholarship01/14/2022
Northern Lights MECA Scholarship01/25/2022
University of Montana Scholarships03/01/2022
FVCC Eagle ScholarshipFirst come, first served.
Ortho Rehab Scholarship04/07/2022
NILE Scholarship03/01/2022
Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation Scholarships03/15/2022
Oddfellow's and Rebekah's of Montana Scholarship03/15/2022
Lincoln County Credit Union Financial Literacy Award03/18/2022
Montana Clerk and Recorder's Scholarship03/11/2022
THS Art Club Scholarship03/23/2022
Sonya Neisess Memorial Scholarship03/17/2022
Yaak Valley Forest Council Scholarship03/23/22
Cabinet Peaks Medical Center Scholarship03/23/2022
Holy Trinity Diligence Award03/18/2022
Troy Masonic Lodge Scholarship03/18/2022
Williams' Family Memorial Scholarship03/04/2022
James A Benedict Memorial Scholarship03/23/2022
Kathy Berke Memorial/Troy Volunteer Ambulance Scholarship03/23/2022
Kootenai Kiwanis Club Scholarship03/23/2022
Forest Service Scholarship 202203/18/2022
William Swanson Memorial Scholarship03/10/2022
The Ron Osborne Memorial Scholarship03/18/2022
Troy Youth Foundation Scholarship03/04/2022
Ceanna Diller Memorial Scholarship03/23/2022
Montana Coroner's Association Scholarship04/30/2022
Montana Sheriff's and Peace Officer's Scholarship04/15/2022
EEqual Homeless and/or Low Income Student ScholarshipAs soon as posslble.
PNACAC Student Scholarships03/15/2022
Big Sky State Games Scholarship05/06/2022
The Troy All School Reunion/Jim Johnston Memorial Scholarship03/18/222
Hopa Mountain Health Scholars of PromiseAs soon as possible.
Hopa Mountain Scholars of Promise for homeless, foster, and kinship care studentsAs soon as possible.
The John Konzen Memorial Scholarship04/04/2022
Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Scholarship04/11/2022
Libby Rotary Club Scholarship04/07/2022
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