Scholarships

Assisting the families of workers who are fatally injured in a work-related accident. While nothing can replace the untimely loss of a loved one, it is our hope to help fulfill the aspirations of those whose lives have been disrupted as a result of a workplace death of a spouse or parent. We do this with scholarship opportunities for education and training programs for spouses and dependents. We also hope these awards for higher education will play a role in Montana' success in the future.

Award amounts. Recipients are eligible to receive up to $2,000 per academic year. Funds are available for the award year plus up to three renewable years, with a maximum cumulative award of $8,000.

Program Selection Process

Our selection process for scholarships. Once the minimum qualifications are established, the selection criteria include:

  • high school or college grade point average
  • community involvement

What about GPA? High school or college grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher is needed to be considered in selection process. If this documentation is unavailable, the applicant will need to provide proof that they have been accepted into a degree-granting program such as a college acceptance letter.

Who and when? Individuals from the OCHE/Student Financial Services and from MSF will make selections. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and awarded subject to funding availability.

Program Guidelines

Guidelines for Scholarship Use. Scholarship funds will be used for the recipient' "cost of education" or "cost of attendance" at an accredited institution of higher education or approved program. They are not specifically limited to tuition and fees, and may be used by the student' family to cover its expected family contribution as determined by federal calculations for meeting the student' educational costs. The scholarship may only be used for students enrolled in an undergraduate program of study at either a 2-year or 4-year program. If there is a break in attendance, the recipient must reapply. Any previously used eligibility will be applied toward the remaining eligibility at the time of reapplication. Recipients must use their eligibility within 6 years of the initial award year.

Scholarship renewal based on academic progress. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years after the award year (with a cumulative maximum of $8,000) or until the recipient has received the degree or certificate in their program of study (whichever comes first).  The recipient must show satisfactory academic progress in the training/education program of their choice. Satisfactory academic progress will be measured based on the student' grade point average (GPA). The student must maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain eligible for the scholarship.

Renewal guidelines. In order to receive the renewal scholarship each year, the school will complete a questionnaire provided by the OCHE/Student Financial Services and provide documentation showing satisfactory academic progress.  Recipients must be enrolled in and complete a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester in a training or certificate program to remain eligible for the scholarship.  After the initial award year the scholarship of $2,000 to attend a 2-year or 4-year college may be available for up to three more consecutive years providing funding for this program continues and student maintains eligibility requirements.

Approved schools. Applicants must show that the program they intend to enter is at an accredited institution (both private/non-profit and public) approved by U.S. Department of Education Postsecondary Education Participants System (PEPS).

Program Criteria

We will consider these criteria when reviewing scholarship applications.

  • Scholarship recipients must be the spouse or dependents (natural or adopted children) of a worker fatally injured on or after July 1, 1990, in a compensable industrial accident during the course and scope of employment with an employer insured by MSF at the time of the accident. 
  • Participants need not be a resident of Montana at the time of application.
  • Applicants must provide documentation as proof of eligibility for the program. Documentation can include a marriage license, adoption papers, or birth certificate.
  • If the spouse was divorced from the insured at the time of the accident, the ex-spouse is not eligible to apply. If the legal spouse has remarried after the date of the accident, the spouse remains eligible. 
  • Applicants must be seeking a degree or certificate at the undergraduate level.
  • Applicants must not have already received or been awarded a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or similar degree.