Presidential Leadership Scholarship

The Presidential Leadership Scholarship is the University of Montana’s premier freshman scholarship. Presidential Scholars are chosen solely on academic merit with scholarships being renewable for a total of four years. Approximately 25 PLS awards are made each year to incoming freshman.

Resident students receive a full tuition waiver. Non-resident students either have their tuition discounted through the WUE program or they receive a waiver equivalent to in-state tuition (currently $4,373). All PLS recipients also receive a stipend of $7,500 for the Gold Level or $5,000 for the Silver Level.

PLS recipients cannot receive tuition designated scholarships in excess of tuition. Usually, non-resident students awarded the LAS or WSS are able to retain their scholarship in addition to the waiver of in-state tuition because the combination does not exceed tuition. Resident students who are awarded UM's Montana Academic Achievement Scholarship (MAA) are not able to retain these as they are also tuition designated. MT residents cannot receive the tuition waiver associated with the PLS and the MUS Honors Scholarship so should accept the MUS Honors Scholarship because of its portability.

Eligibility: All DHC Application Forms completed and submitted to the Davidson Honors College by December 2 will be considered for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship. Eligible candidates for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship must be recent high school graduates who have not previously enrolled as a regular college or university student. Finalists in the autumn 2015 class of Presidential Leadership Scholars posted an average of 3.81 GPA, SAT combined score of 2013, and ACT composite score of 31.

How to Apply: DHC Application Forms completed and submitted to the Davidson Honors College by December 2 will be considered for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship. After that date, DHC applicants are not eligible for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship, but they will be considered for admission to the Davidson Honors College on a rolling basis throughout the spring semester.

Your DHC Application Form be submitted by December 2 to be considered for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship:

  1. Basic biographical information
  2. Information about your academic background and achievements 
  3. An electronic copy of your unofficial transcript(s)
  4. An essay of 600-1,000 words (double-spaced)
  5. A short statement about your academic interests

Our application also requires that you submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or professor. We prefer that you provide us with your teacher's email address so that we can request the letter directly from them. If that is not possible, you can have your teacher send us a hard copy of their letter by following the instructions found within this application.

Your transcript(s) and letter of recommendation can be mailed to:

Davidson Honors College
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr.
Missoula, MT 59812.