I feel proud to represent my tribe as a scholar because I want children to know that education is important and possible, and that there are people who want to support them to get educated and believe that they can do it.”
– Kimberly McKeehan, scholarship recipient
The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation has created the only Native American Graduate Scholarship at Montana State University and the University of Montana. Inquiries should be made to the graduate school admissions office at Montana State University and the University of Montana.
The Scholarship upholds Dennis Washington’s long time vision of promoting the betterment of society and the development of a highly diverse workforce through education.
- Applicants must be accepted to a Master’s or Doctoral Degree program at the Graduate School of the University of Montana or Montana State University
- Minimum GPA of 2.5 for undergraduate and 3.0 during any graduate program work
- One page typed essay indicating reasons for pursuing graduate education and goals for application of education
- Graduate from a 4-year regionally accredited institution of higher learning anywhere in the United States
- Five letters of reference, including two from nonacademic individuals
- Appropriate standardized test score, if required by program (GRE,GMAT)
- Montana resident
- Enrolled member of a Montana Native American Tribe
One Graduate Scholarship will be awarded annually to the University of Montana and one to Montana State University:
- $10,000 stipend each
- Designation as a research or teaching assistant
- Eligibility for Montana Native American Fee Waiver
The University of Montana or Montana State University can choose whether to renew the Scholarship after the first year (maximum 2 years for a Master’s program and 3 years for a Ph.D. program).
For information on the scholarship and how to apply, please contact the Graduate School at Montana State University or the University of Montana.