Incoming Student Scholarships

Scholarships for Prospective Students

The Davidson Honors College (DHC) offers academic scholarships to incoming students to recognize outstanding talent, academic performance, and leadership. These are the University of Montana's premier academic scholarships and include the Presidential Leadership Scholarship (PLS), Provost’s Honors Scholarship (PHS), and the Dean’s Leadership Scholarship (DLS).

These scholarships significantly reduce the cost of attendance at the University of Montana and students who meet progression standards may have their awards renewed for up to four years.

We are looking for well-rounded, ambitious, and curious learners. The average DHC scholar has a 3.9 GPA, 30 or higher on the ACT, and 1360 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. The average DHC student has a 3.7 GPA, 27 ACT, and 1270 SAT. For admission for Fall 2021, test scores are optional for DHC scholarships and admission.


All DHC application forms submitted by the first Friday in December will be considered for the Davidson Honors College Incoming Student Scholarships. Eligible candidates for the Incoming Student Scholarships must be recent high school graduates who have not previously enrolled as a regular college or university student.

How to Apply

New Applicant to UM and DHC

Students may apply directly to UM and the DHC at the same time.  Use the link below which will take you to the Application Creation form.  Once you have submitted this form you will receive an email with the link to your UM application.  You will be able to indicate your interest in applying to the DHC which will give you access to the DHC application. 

Application for students applying to both UM and DHC

Already Applied to UM-DHC Application Required

If you have already applied to UM directly or through the Common App or Apply Montana you can apply to the DHC by accessing our application located under forms on your UM Admissions Portal page. Use the link below to access your UM Admissions Portal.

Admissions Portal-Access to DHC Application for students who have already applied to UM

For the DHC portion of the application, you'll need to provide:

  • Basic biographical information
  • Information about your academic background and achievements
  • An electronic copy of your unofficial transcript(s)
  • 3-5 short answer questions
  • A brief essay of 500-750 words on one of two topics

Current Scholars 2020

Presidential Leadership Scholars