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2021 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship

Presented by the Governor’s Office of Community Service, Montana
Campus Compact, and Reach Higher Montana


Recognizing Montana high school senior students for volunteering in their communities

The Youth Serve Montana Scholarship was created to promote volunteerism among high school students, encourage young leaders to further their learning, and provide tuition assistance for Montana students who wish to attend college in-state. Up to 100 students will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship toward their college tuition. Scholarship funds have been made available through support from Montana Campus Compact, a network of Montana campuses committed to community service; Reach Higher Montana, a nonprofit dedicated to helping students pursue and fund postsecondary education; and the Governor’s Office of Community Service, the state agency tasked with expanding and promoting service in Montana. The Governor’s Office of Community Service administers the scholarships.

All scholarship information and application materials can be obtained online at serve.mt.gov. A list of Montana Campus Compact Institutions is available at mtcompact.org.

General Guidelines:

Applicant must submit a completed application and proof of acceptance to one of Montana’s Campus Compact member institutions to the Governor’s Office of Community Service by February 28, 2021.

  • Applicant must have completed at least 50 hours of volunteer service within a 12-month period. 12-months is defined as the period 12 months prior to the date of application.
  • Service that is compensated may not be used for this application’s service hours.
  • Scholarship funds must be used for the 2021-2022 academic year at a Montana Campus Compact Member Institution.
  • Students must provide documentation showing they have submitted a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application. Documentation is ideally the Confirmation Page Email, but we will also accept the first two pages of your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR). Please ensure your documentation includes your name and the academic year for which you completed a FAFSA.

2021 Scholarship Application Form

Please be sure this section is complete and legible. If information is missing, illegible, or if the student is not of high school senior status the form will not be accepted. Your application must also include proof of acceptance or enrollment at a Montana Campus Compact member institution and confirmation of a submitted FAFSA application. Postmarked deadline: February 28, 2021.


Student Information:

First Name *
First Name is a required field.
Middle Initial
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Last Name *
Last Name is a required field.
Mailing Address *
Mailing Address is a required field.
City *
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State *
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Zipcode *
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Phone *
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Birth Date *
Birth Date is a required field.
High School Name *
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High School Counselor Name *
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High School Counselor phone *
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High School Address *
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Your Email *
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*Find an up-to-date list of Montana Campus Compact participating member institutions at mtcompact.org. Applicants should note that City College MSUB, Gallatin College, Highlands College, Missoula College and Bitterroot College accept the Youth Serve Scholarship, while not separately listed on the mtcompact.org website.

Publicity Release (Optional):

“If I am selected to receive a Youth Serve Montana Scholarship, the Governor’s Office of Community Service, Montana Campus Compact and Student Assistance Foundation may use my name, photo and the name of my school for purposes of news, publicity and publications.

Student Signature: Date:

Parent/Guardian Signature**: (**if student is not 18 years of age)

Contact Information Release (Optional):

I would like to receive email updates from the Governor's Office of Community Service and Montana Campus Compact about future service and training opportunities.
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First-Generation College Student (Optional):

I am the first member of my family attending a college or university.
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Are you of Hispanic, Latino, Spanish origin (Optional):


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Race (Optional):


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Student Service Information:

Please list your volunteer service experience, totaling 50 hours at minimum, within the past 12 months. The past 12 months are defined as the period 12 months prior to the date this form is completed. Please attach additional sheets if needed.
*COVID-19 related service hours will be given special consideration and weighted in the scoring process.

Prohibited scholarship program activities:

For more details on allowable and prohibited activities, please see the Frequently Asked Questions. Hours dedicated to the following activities cannot be counted toward the 50 hours:

  • Efforts to influence policy and legislation;
  • Participating in or endorsing events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, platforms, candidates, or elected officials;
  • Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that conducts worship services, constructing, operating, or maintaining facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization.


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*If volunteer service was done less formally, name of the individual (not a family member) who can verify your service hours.

Narrative Questions:

Please answer the following questions about your commitment to service. Please limit your responses to less than 300 words each.

What motivates you to volunteer? How do you plan to continue your commitment to serve in the future? * This is a required field.


How has your volunteer work positively impacted the community around you and how has your service experience impacted you personally? Please reference the service activities listed on the previous page. * This is a required field.



Please upload your letter of acceptance and FAFSA confirmation email as PDFs. Do not use screenshots from your phone. Most email servers allow you to download emails as PDFs. If you do not have a device that can use Adobe, please contact us at serve@mt.gov.

  • The FAFSA confirmation email must include your confirmation number and eligibility information for loans and grants. The subject line is "FAFSA Confirmation Page E-mail."
  • The letter of acceptance may be a scanned copy of your physical letter or a PDF of an electronic letter of acceptance sent via email.



Please upload a letter of acceptance or enrollment for the 2021-2022 academic year at a Montana Campus Compact member institution.
* Document must be in PDF format. This is a required field.

Please upload the FAFSA confirmation email. It should contain a confirmation number and no confidential information.
* Document must be in PDF format. This is a required field.

Application Verification:

This application must be verified by your high school guidance counselor, principal, or superintendent. Applications from home schooled students must be verified by the county superintendent.

Please provide the name and contact information of your counselor, principal or superintendent:

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Please check to make sure your application package is complete! It should include:

  • A legible and complete application form.
  • Description of at least 50 volunteer service hours in the last 12 months.
  • Proof of acceptance or enrollment for the 2021-2022 academic year at a Montana Campus Compact member institution. Please attach a letter from the institution.
  • Proof that you have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please attach the FAFSA confirmation email that you receive after completing a FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov. It should contain a confirmation number and no confidential information.

Please refer to the Youth Serve Montana Scholarship FAQ posted at Serve.mt.gov if you have questions about any of these items.

Send completed application to:

Governor’s Office of Community Service
Attn: Youth Serve Montana Scholarship

P.O. Box 200801, Helena, MT 59620
Email: serve@mt.gov
Phone: 406-444-9077
Fax: 406-444-4418
Website: serve.mt.gov

Please click "Submit" to complete your application.

Once your application is submitted, a confirmation will be sent to the email address you provided. In some instances, confirmation emails are identified as SPAM/JUNK, so please check your SPAM/JUNK folders if you do receive notification that your application was submitted.

Upon submission, an email will be generated to your counselor, principal, or superintendent that you identified on page 5 of your application to verify your volunteer hours. Please confirm with him/her directly to verify receipt.

If you receive a submission error, we recommend that you use a word processing application to complete your responses to your Service Activities and Narrative Questions, then copy and paste in the online form.







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