Scholarships and Colleges

Scholarships are perhaps the most significant way donors touch the lives of students. Students who receive scholarships are retained and graduate at a higher rate. Scholarship support also decreases the time it takes students to complete their MSU Billings degrees.

When you give the MSU Billings Foundation a gift, you can fund scholarships, programs, and faculty endowments. You choose what your gift supports — specify a college or fund, or contribute to current leadership priorities. Together, we can ensure a bright future for MSU Billings and its students.

Learn more by expanding the college sections below or connect with a member of our development team.


Priorities for Fundraising Year 2021-2022

Yellowjacket Access Scholarship

The Yellowjacket Access Scholarship is a retention initiative that strategically targets students whose persistence is most impacted by financial need. We want to raise $200,000 — that’s 200 students who will be $1,000 closer to crossing the finish line, diploma in hand.

The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships is the office that most often encounters students at risk of dropping out because they cannot secure the financial support they need to persist. This office will award $1,000 ($500 per semester) to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Any continuing student enrolled in any MSU Billings program;
  • Earning Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP);
  • Must be enrolled full-time (12+ credits) OR enrolled part-time (6+ credits) if the student is an adult learner in a 2-year program;
  • With preference to Montana residents and students who demonstrate financial need.

Good things are happening at Montana State University Billings. And we’re just getting started—a new school year, a vision focused on our students’ success, and an unstoppable Yellowjacket spirit. And that’s why we need scholarship and programmatic support from donors like you.

Support the Yellowjacket Access Scholarship

City College

“I chose to attend City College based on the great reviews from the graduates. Since my goal is to become a digital designer, the computer programming and application development degree offered by City College is very valuable as a starting point of my education.”

— Rory S., computer programming and application development

Learn more about CC | Support CC

College of Business

“I came to MSU Billings for Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference all four years of high school and fell in love with the campus. Also, the class size was similar to the Class C school that I attended. My parents are both alumni of the Eastern Montana Business College. They both talk about the good times they had at EMC.”

— Dane M., business administration-accounting

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College of Education

“I chose to attend MSU Billings because this university has a good reputation for its elementary education program. The appeal of MSUB being reasonably priced, having smaller class sizes to build a community feeling, and having experienced professors to teach my classes made my decision to attend MSUB very easy.”

— Hailey C., elementary education BSED and reading

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College of Health Professions and Science

“I chose MSU Billings because it offered a master’s degree in healthcare administration through online learning. I am a mother of two and also have a full-time job. Uprooting my family or trying to fit rigid school schedules into my busy life was not feasible for me. School requires discipline and hard work, but through MSUB’s online platform, it is manageable.”

— Audrey B., health administration

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College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

“I chose to attend MSU Billings because the music program is thriving and continues to get better every single year! Not only am I taught by my amazing teachers, but I am also taught by all the phenomenal students that are enrolled in this program. I knew MSUB was the school for me, and I am enjoying every minute of it!”

— Parker S., music performance

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