Proposed Revision to 501.1 - High School Honor Scholarships



Board policy:


1.  The Board of Regents of Higher Education will award High School Honor Scholarships annually in accordance with the following procedures.


2.  The scholarships may be utilized at any unit campus of the Montana University System or Dawson, Flathead Valley, and Miles community colleges as a waiver of registration and incidental fees, provided satisfactory academic progress is maintained. [1]




1.  High School Honor Scholarship.  One scholarship may be awarded to a member of any graduating class having 25 or fewer graduates.  An additional scholarship may be awarded for each additional 25 graduates or major fraction thereof.  In cases where a school has ten or fewer graduates and students in the top 25 percent decline the scholarship, the school may award a scholarship to the next eligible student with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.


a.  The high school principal must certify to the Commissioner of Higher Education that the prospective recipient is a graduate of an accredited high school of the state and has been enrolled in an accredited high school for at least three years prior to graduation, ranks within the highest one-fourth of his or her class in scholarship, has a minimum grade point average of 3.0, has met college preparatory requirements (see Section 301.7), and is the highest in scholarship of those members of the graduating class desiring to attend a unit campus of the Montana University System.


b.  If the recipient of a High School Honor Scholarship decides not to enter a unit enroll at a campus of the Montana University System or Dawson, Flathead Valley, and Miles community colleges, the student should relinquish the scholarship at once.  In such cases where the scholarship is relinquished prior to December 31 of the award year, the high school principal may certify the next ranking eligible member of the same graduating class, but such person will be subject to the same restrictions as the original holder of the scholarship.


c.  A recipient must utilize the scholarship within 9 months after high school graduation.


d.  The computation of actual grade point averages and the size of the graduating class shall be as of the end of the 7th semester of high school or, in the case of a student graduating in three years, at the end of the 5th semester of high school.  Weighted grade point averages may be used to break a tie.  The student has until the date of high school graduation to meet the Montana University System college preparatory requirements (see Section 301.7).


e. The scholarships awarded shall specify the terms of the award and which fees are covered.

    [1]  See Section 940.13 of the Policy and Procedures Manual concerning administration of fee waivers.


History:   Item 5-006-R0774, Policy regarding Fee Waivers, Montana University System, amended June 7, 1976 (rescinded); Item 18-006-R1077, Honor Scholarships, Montana University System, October 28, 1977, December 15, 1989, November 20, 1997, and May 21, 1998.