Scholarships are forms of aid given on the basis of academic merit. Though scholarships vary quite a bit on criteria, award, and duration, they all share one common factor: free money for your education.
Dawson Community College offers students two different opportunities to earn scholarships: the DCC Student Scholarship Program and the Buccaneer Excellence Program.
Priority Application Deadline - March 15, 2021
The Student Scholarship program draws together endowed scholarships and donations, into a single scholarship application form. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed by March 1st to be eligible for need-based scholarships.
Application Procedure 2021-2022
Application Procedure Spring 2021
Current Student Eligibility
First Year Eligibility
If you have not previously enrolled as a college student, you should meet the following minimum requirements:
Transfer Student Eligibility
Dawson Community College (DCC) is excited to offer various scholarships through the Buccaneer Excellence Program for students who will attend DCC.
Excellence Scholarship ($250-$1,500)
For Montana high school senior students in recognition of their academic excellence.
Presidential Scholarship (up to $2,000)
For Montana high school senior students in recognition of their participation in school clubs and activities in conjunction with their GPA, or status as high school salutatorian or valedictorian. Must also submit:
Non-Traditional Student Scholarship ($500)
For Montana residents looking to continue their education taking six or more credits who fit one of the following criteria:
Online Student Scholarship ($250-500)
For Montana residents who will be attending online full-time.
Fresh Start Scholarship (up to $1,000)
For students who earned at least a 2.0 GPA in high school or at a previous college or took a break from their education and want to succeed at DCC are eligible for this scholarship. Up to $1,000 will be awarded for the Fresh Start Scholarship to help students start a new chapter at DCC. To keep the scholarship, students must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and be enrolled and active in at least one student club or organization.
Dual Enrollment Scholarship (up to $500)
For Montana high school seniors who took dual enrollment classes through DCC during their high school career.
Student Ambassador Scholarship ($500)
Students have the chance to gain valuable work experience within the Enrollment Management team giving tours to prospective students and helping with events on campus.
Refer-a-Buc ($250 up to tuition cost)
Current DCC students and student-applicants can earn $250 towards their tuition cost - up to the full tuition cost - for each student they refer to DCC, and the referred student can also earn $250 towards their tuition cost.
Amounts awarded are at the discretion of the Buccaneer Excellence Program scholarship review committee. Limited funds available.
If you have any questions, please contact Associate Director of Enrollment Management – Sarah North Wolfe at 406-377-9403.
Other Scholarship Opportunities
The following scholarships require their own application form and may have requirements different from those of DCC’s Student Scholarship program.
6 $1,500 scholarships. Must attend Dawson Community College or Miles Community College
1 $10,000 scholarship. Must study in a field related to Midrivers mission. Internship at a location choosen in the cooperation.
Dawson Community College varsity athletic programs provide intercollegiate competition. Students interested in pursuing varsity athletic scholarships should contact the coach; information is available at http://www.dawsonbucs.com/information/directory/
Up to $250 ($125.00 per semester) scholarship will be awarded to students who maintained a 2.5 (or higher) cumulative GPA, and be able to commit for at least one year of service for the Dawson Community College Admissions Team.
Up to $500 ($250 per semester) scholarship will be awarded to a full-time, first or second-year student at Dawson Community College who demonstrates financial need.
A scholarship (amount determined by DCC Foundation) is to be awarded students who demonstrate need. No specific field of study required.
Up to $400 ($200 per semester) scholarship will be awarded to a student chosen by the Dawson CC Baseball Coaches along with Paula Saye and August “Tinker” Dooper.
A scholarship (amount determined by DCC Foundation) will be awarded to a full-time student who maintained a 3.0 (or higher) GPA at Dawson Community College, indicating an interest in the disciplines related to creative writing, political and civic discourse, or social science issues.
A scholarship (amount determined by DCC Foundation) will be awarded to a student-athlete nominated by the Dawson CC Athletic Coaches who has good character, demonstrates leadership, and serves in the community.
Up to $450 ($225 per semester) will be awarded to select Dawson CC Baseball and Softball players.
The DCC Plates endowment funds are raised from the purchase of DCC license plates and are contributed to an endowment. The funds distributed may be used for one or more multiple scholarships and are not restricted to any educational or sports programs. Funds may be used to supplement other scholarships.
A scholarship (amount determined by DCC Foundation) will be awarded to a full-time student who maintained a 2.5 (or higher) GPA. Preference will be given to students from Eastern Montana.
Up to $500 ($250 per semester) will be awarded to a full-time, first or second-year student at Dawson Community College who demonstrates financial need.
Up to $1,000 ($500 per semester) will be awarded to a student who maintained a 2.5 (or higher) GPA. The recipient shall have priority for the scholarship for 4 semesters. They shall receive no sports scholarship, and be from Eastern Montana, Slope County (ND), or Golden Valley County (ND).
Up to $300 ($150 per semester) scholarship will be awarded to a second-semester freshman who is a rodeo athlete, maintained a 2.5 (or higher) GPA, scored college rodeo points, and is under the age of 24.
More Scholarship Information
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