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How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana in beautiful Missoula, Montana.

If you prefer to fill out a hardcopy version of our application, please use this printer friendly DHC Application.

Application Materials (required):

  • Basic biographical information
  • Information about your academic background and achievements
  • An electronic copy of your unofficial transcript(s)
  • A short statement (300 words) about your academic interests
  • A brief essay of 600-1,000 words on one of two topics

Essay Prompt 1

Describe an event in your life, a person, a book, or an experience (choose one) that has had a profound effect on you. How has it influenced change in you, your attitudes, and/or your goals?

Essay Prompt 2

Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be a personal challenge or setback, intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma, a community challenge - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could take to identify a solution. Please also discuss the benefits of the solution to you or the broader community and real or potential challenges you faced or could face along the way.

Deadline

All applications to the Davidson Honors College that are completed by December 7th, 2018 will be considered for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship. Applications received after December 7th, 2018 will be considered for admission to the Davidson Honors College, but NOT for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship. Davidson Honors College applications will be considered only from those who have applied for admission to a four-year undergraduate program at the University of Montana.

We are looking for well-rounded, ambitious, and curious learners. The average Davidson Honors College student has a 3.7 GPA, 27 or higher on the ACT, and 1270 or higher on the SAT. While we look at academic performance and test scores, these criteria are not absolute and all highly motivated students are encouraged to apply. 

Applications are especially welcome from non-traditional students, international students, veterans, and students from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. College transfer students and currently enrolled students at the University of Montana with a record of strong academic performance are likewise welcome to apply. 

Please Note: You may work on this form and save your progress. We recommend drafting essays and short answers in a word processing application and then uploading in the requested format.

Special Notes on the Presidential Leadership Scholarship

The Presidential Leadership Scholarships are the University of Montana's premier academic scholarships, recognizing outstanding talent, academic performance and contribution to the community. These awards are renewable for four years, subject to satisfactory performance by the student.

Every Presidential Leadership Scholar receives an annual stipend ($7,500 per year for a Gold PLS and $5,000 per year for a Silver PLS). Additionally, Presidential Leadership Scholars will receive a substantial tuition discount or waiver (depending on residency status). Resident students receive a full tuition waiver. Non-resident students who receive the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarship have their tuition discounted as WUE Scholars. Non-resident students who do not receive WUE Scholarships receive a tuition discount equivalent to the in-state tuition rate.

Presidential Leadership Scholarship Award Summary

For Montana residents:

  • Gold Level: $7,500 stipend plus a tuition waiver valued at an equivalent to the in-state tuition rate for that year
  • Silver Level: $5,000 stipend plus a tuition waiver valued at equivalent to the in-state tuition rate for that year

For non-residents receiving a Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarship:

  • Gold Level: $7,500 stipend and WUE Scholarship
  • Silver Level: $5,000 stipend and WUE Scholarship

For non-residents from a non-Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) state:

  • Gold Level: $7,500 stipend plus a tuition waiver valued at an equivalent to the in-state tuition rate for that year
  • Silver Level: $5,000 stipend plus a tuition waiver valued at an equivalent to the in-state tuition rate for that year

Finalists for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship will be selected from applications received by the first Friday in December. Finalists will be notified of their status by the first week in January, and will then be invited to interview with a Presidential Leadership Scholarship Committee member by phone or in person during our Presidential Leadership Scholars event, Scholar Interview Day, which typically happens during February.