Department of Educational Leadership Scholarships


Please complete the application via the button provided at the bottom of this page. You will also be required to submit the following:

  • An essay (two pages maximum) in which you: Describe how you meet the criteria for all scholarships for which you are applying Present your professional goals.  Include specific references to awards, accomplishments, and activities relevant to the selection criteria. 
  • Unofficial transcripts of all college/university work. 
  • Two (2) letters of support specific to your scholarship request(s). The same two letters of support can be used for multiple scholarships. If this is the case, make sure you provide your recommender with an inclusive list of criteria to address.

Available Scholarships

Walter R. Ames Memorial Scholarship

  • Anticipated Amount: $1,000
  • Criteria: Full admission to a Master’s degree program in the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences; academic performance and potential in the field of education.

George and Laurine Harris Scholarship

  • Anticipated Amount: $5,000
  • Criteria: Must be from Montana (resident for ten years or diploma from accredited Montana high school); full admission to a graduate program in the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, superior academic performance, motivation, character, and potential in the field of education.

Floyd and Marlys Ann Boschee Scholarship

  • Anticipated Amount: $1,100
  • Criteria: In-residence doctoral student emphasizing educational administration.

Jim Atkinson/WMAEMSP Scholarship 

  • Anticipated Amount: $500
  • Criteria: A graduate student in elementary school administration; potential as an educational leader.

Edwin Boone Craighead Scholarship

  • Anticipated Amount: $1,400
  • Criteria: Doctoral student; academic excellence as demonstrated by academic record and GRE scores; personality and aptitude for a position in higher education administration. The application requires a one-page essay concerning the student’s philosophy. Criteria also include EDLD faculty judgment of the candidate’s potential for higher education administration.

John J. Hunt Scholarship

  • Anticipated Amount: $600
  • Criteria: Doctoral student emphasizing educational administration; recipient must be a resident of the state of Montana.

Margaret Kelly Neuroscience and Leadership Scholarship

  • Anticipated Amount: $1,000
  • Criteria: Graduate students in the Department of Educational Leadership who are interested in Neuroscience and Leadership. Applicants must submit an essay of no more than 200 words demonstrating their interest in Neuroscience and Leadership

Ernest G and Jeanette M. Lake Scholarship

  • Anticipated Amount: $5,000
  • Criteria: Graduate student in educational administration; potential as an educational leader; preference is given to a student planning a career as a school superintendent.

William C. Shreeve Educational Leadership Scholarship

  • Anticipated Amount: $3,100
  • Criteria: Full admission to Educational Leadership M.Ed. with successful completion of six or more credits in the program; concurrently pursuing a Principal’s endorsement; high academic performance; and demonstrated excellence (or potential for excellence) in leadership responsibilities in the public school setting. The application requires a double-spaced, one-page essay describing: why s/he wants to become a principal, what innovations s/he would make as a public school principal, and why s/he would make them. Requires two letters of support - one from a teacher with whom s/he has taught for at least three years, and one from a school administrator.

Dr. L. Dean Sorenson Memorial Scholarship

  • Anticipated Amount: $1,000
  • Criteria: Full admission to Educational Leadership M.Ed. program; working toward K-12 School Administration certification; strong academic performance; clear plan for completion of the M.Ed degree program; demonstrates the promise of becoming an outstanding administrator; minimum of three years of teaching experience; financial need.

ATTENTION APPLICANTS: Please plan to complete your application within a one-week period. Once you click the apply button and start your application you will have 7 days to complete that application. If you do not finish the application in 7 days, your incomplete application will be recorded and sent.

It is possible to start a new application if your incomplete application is submitted. Please email with your request or call 406-243-4911.