Scholarships: New Students

Discover just how affordable a Carroll education can be thanks to our financial aid packages and wide range of scholarship programs.

2023-2024 Merit Awards


Carroll College is committed to offering generous academic scholarships. As part of the application to Carroll College, new incoming freshman students are automatically considered for one of our Freshman Merit Awards. These awards are based upon the student's cumulative high school GPA (and test scores when applicable).  Carroll College scholarships and grants are available for students pursuing their first baccalaureate degree.  Post-baccalaureate degrees do not qualify for Carroll gift aid.

New Freshmen StudentsAmount
Bishop Carroll Scholarship$24,000
Presidential Scholarship$22,000
Trustee Scholarship$21,000
All Saints Award$19,000
Founders Award$17,000

Bishop Carroll, Presidential, Trustee, All Saints, and Founders Scholarships/Awards are offered for up to four consecutive full-time years. Students must be in good academic standing, be enrolled full-time and remain a campus resident to retain the award. Obtain an estimate of your merit award, use the Merit Scholarship Estimator Tool

Carroll College's commitment as a residential college is affirmed by its policy of awarding financial aid that is intended to assist with direct cost for tuition, fees, college-owned housing, and food. If a student is approved to live off campus or does not enroll in campus housing, Carroll College merit scholarships will be reduced by $4,000.

Average Merit Scholarship Range is $17,000 to $24,000

To obtain an estimated award offer, use the Net Price Calculator Tool. Institutional gift aid is available for fall and spring semesters only and is not available for study abroad programs.

Montana, Idaho and Oregon Advantage Award

New First Year students accepted for admission, that are from Montana, Idaho or Oregon (graduated from a Montana, Idaho or Oregon high school) and have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1, 2023 may be eligible for an additional $2,000 to $11,000 Advantage Award. Amounts are based on your FAFSA results.  Receipt of athletic scholarships will reduce or may cancel this award.

Other Carroll Scholarships

Incoming Freshmen accepted for admission and enrolled full-time (pursuing their first baccalaureate degree) may be eligible to apply for the following Carroll College Scholarship opportunities.

Carroll College ScholarshipsEligibilityEstimated value of awardApplication DeadlineHow to apply
Service Leadership ScholarshipScholarship is intended for high-achieving students committed to local, community or global service.  Receipt of athletic scholarships will reduce or may cancel this award.  Incoming Freshman must be accepted for admission.Four recipients will be selected to receive a $8,000 scholarship each ($2,000 per year for 4 years).February 1, 2023.APPLY HERE.
Adventure Awaits You Visit ScholarshipSchedule a visit to Carroll College on-campus (individual or program attendance).  Submit a digital video approximately two minutes in length describing a highlight of your campus visit. Must be accepted for admission.Four recipients will be selected to receive a $4,000 Scholarship each ($1,000 per year for 4 years)May 1, 2023.APPLY HERE.
Catholic Studies ScholarshipAny new freshman, enrolling fall 2023, is encouraged to apply.  Students must declare as majors in Catholic Studies during the first year at Carroll College.  Must be accepted for admission.Multiple scholarships will be awarded valued at $1,000 or more for the year per student.March 1, 2023.APPLY HERE.
Dr. Robert Swartout Endowed Scholarship

Intended for a worthy student who exemplifies the quality, character and academic promise of a student at Carroll College and who meets the following eligibility requirements:

  • Incoming or currently enrolled student
  • Full-time student
  • Montana resident (if no student from Montana fits the requirements, students from out of state will be considered)
  • Application due by May 1, 2023
  • If incoming new student, accepted for admission by May 1, 2023
  • Officially declared major in one of the regularly recognized Humanities, with preference declared Major in History


Maximum Award will be $5,000.  Scholarship may be renewable if student reapplies and maintains a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA and remains a declared major in humanities as noted on the application.May 1, 2023.APPLY HERE.
Fr. Thomas R. Flynn Endowed Scholarship for the Department of Philosophy
  • Incoming or currently enrolled student
  • Philosophy Major or Minor
  • Receipt of athletic scholarships will reduce or may cancel this award.
The amount of this scholarship varies.March 1. 2023.APPLY HERE.
Catholic High School Room GrantEligibility Requirements

As a 2023 graduate of an eligible Catholic high school, you can receive up to 50% off the cost of your room, which is on top of your already generous financial aid package.  Grants will be awarded at 50% of double room occupancy cost ($2,765/yr room grants based on 2023/2024 costs).  Pay for one term and get another term free, but Carroll will divide the amount in half over two terms.  Basically 50% off the yearly room cost.

Apply and be accepted by February 1, 2023.  FAFSA filed by February 1, 2023 with an EFC below COA.Apply HERE.
Dr. J. Murray and Margaret Sterling Brooke Memorial ScholarshipResidents from the Ronan/St. Ignatius MT area that are/or will be enrolled full-time at Carroll.   Must be accepted for admission.$1,000 to $3,000March 1, 2023.APPLY HERE.
Family Tuition Allowance GrantStudents with one or more eligible family members enrolled full-time at Carroll during the same term.   Receipt of athletic scholarships will reduce or may cancel this award.  Must be accepted for admission.$1,000/year per eligible student. Maximum of 4 years or 8 semesters per each eligible student.March 1, 2023.APPLY HERE.
Matched Education Savings Account ProgramFull-time MT student with earned income and low family income.$4,000Application deadline is rolling.Download Application

Parish ScholarshipFull-time MT Students active in a MT Catholic parish. This scholarship is for newly accepted Carroll students.   Receipt of athletic scholarships will reduce or may cancel this award. Incoming Freshman must be accepted for admission.$1,000 Carroll College scholarship. Student's parish has the option of matching all or a portion of the Carroll scholarship.March 1, 2023.APPLY HERE.
Horatio Alger Scholarship MatchRecipients of the
need-based state
or national Horatio Alger Scholarship.    Receipt of athletic scholarships will reduce or may cancel this award.
$2,000 State Winners/$5,000 National Winners (maximum per year for up to 5 years).  Montana and Louisiana State recipients will only receive the Carroll College match but not the Horatio Alger Association Scholarship.Refer to the Horatio Alger website for details on the 2023-2024 application cycle.Apply online through the Horatio Alger website
ROTC ProgramCarroll College Army ROTC offers full-ride Army ROTC scholarships.  Carroll provides a partial room and board grant (for students who submit a Federal FAFSA before December 1 yearly).Carroll's ROTC offers two, three, and four year scholarships available for full tuition and fees.  Carroll College graciously provides a partial room and board grant. A monthly stipend of $420/month. Book stipends are $1,200 ($600 per semester).Refer to the ROTC Program page.ROTC Program
Roy F. Simperman Math & Science Scholarship
  • Qualified Majors: Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, Math, Biochemistry.
  • Full-time student with a minimum 3.75 cumulative GPA, and a minimum 3.75 GPA in math and science.
  • 2023 High School Graduates
  • Student and Parent - Montana citizen and resident
  • Copy of unofficial high school transcript.
  • Must be accepted for admission.
  • 2023 FAFSA results are required by January 1, 2023 with an EFC below our COA.
Up to 3 scholarships will be awarded at a maximum student award of $10,000 for academic year 2023-2024.January 1, 2023.APPLY HERE.
Roy F. Simperman Butte Central ScholarshipIncoming freshman graduate of Butte Central High School.  Full-time student.  Montana Citizen and resident.  Student must reside in residence halls which does not include Carroll apartments.  2023 FAFSA results are required by January 1, 2023 with an EFC below our COA.  Must be accepted for admission.A maximum of 3 scholarships will be granted, averaging $10,000 to $15,000 a year.  All scholarships will be limited to 4 years of study.


January 1, 2023.

Sage Tuition Rewards ProgramEarn points that are used as discounts off tuition.*This scholarship is not stackable.Application deadline is rolling.Visit the SAGE Tuition Rewards website.
Yellow Ribbon Program for VeteransMust be entitled to the maximum benefit rate-100% (based upon service requirements) for the Post 9/11 GI Bill®.Estimated value of award is $39,152 plus a stipend for books and housing.Refer to the Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon web page, and complete the Military Benefits QuestionnaireVeterans Affairs website
Youth Serve Montana ScholarshipAwarded to Montana high school students. Applicants must have completed 100 volunteer hours within a 12 month time.$1,200Visit the Youth Serve website for updates to apply for the 2023 scholarships.Visit the Youth Serve website for application materials.

Other Carroll Awards

Carroll College has several scholarship awards available for incoming students each year. Click on the tabs below to find out more.

Carroll Activities

These awards include: Forensics, Performing Arts, Student Government, etc.

Awards are made by the individual department and are for students pursuing their first baccalaureate degree. For information on activities scholarships, contact the appropriate individual:

  • CHOIR: Contact Michael Gray
  • STRING: Contact Rebecca Kagerer
  • PEP BAND: Contact Rebecca Kagerer
  • DRAMA/THEATRE: Contact Kimberly Shire
  • FORENSICS (TALKING SAINTS): Contact Brent Northup
  • LITURGICAL CHOIR: Contact Deidre Casey
  • ROTC: Contact Matt Sonsteng

Carroll Athletics

  • Federal Pell Grants and Carroll College scholarships and grants plus athletic aid cannot exceed direct costs (tuition, fee, and room/board if on-campus).
  • Students receiving 100% Tuition Remission or Tuition Exchange Scholarships may not be eligible for additional athletic aid.
  • Athletic Scholarships are limited to 5 years of study.

Awards are made by the individual coach or department and are for students pursuing their first baccalaureate degree. For information on athletic scholarships, contact the individual coach:

  • MEN’S BASKETBALL: Contact Kurt Paulson |  Bio
  • WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Contact Rachelle Sayers Bio
  • MEN & WOMEN’S GOLF: Contact Bennett MacIntyre Bio
  • FOOTBALL: Contact Troy Purcell Bio
  • WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Contact Maureen Boyle Bio
  • WOMEN’S SOCCER: Contact David Thorvilson Bio
  • WOMEN'S SOFTBALL: Contact Shawna Juarez Bio
  • MEN'S SOCCER: Contact Douglas Mello Bio
  • MEN & WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: Contact Shannon Flynn Bio
  • MEN & WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD: Contact Harry Clark Bio

Undocumented Students

Carroll College supports the efforts of all students in their goal of obtaining a higher education degree. While undocumented students are not eligible for federal financial aid, Carroll offers undocumented students who've been accepted for admission the opportunity to receive institutional financial aid. Students accepted for admission are evaluated for eligibility to receive institutional merit and need-based financial aid. Merit awards are offered to both incoming freshman and transfer students. Freshman merit awards are determined based upon the applicant’s cumulative high school GPA and ACT or SAT test scores. Transfer student merit awards are determined based upon the applicant's academic based college GPA.

See scholarship and more information for undocumented students.

Activity scholarships are limited to four years with an exception of athletics which is limited to five years. Note: Carroll College does not offer any institutional need-based grants or scholarships to students who choose to pursue a second undergraduate degree. Those students will only be able to borrow under the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program as undergraduates. Find out more

In my senior year of high school I applied to fourteen different colleges. How did I narrow it down? Well frankly, I chose to tour the schools that offered the most financial aid. Between Carroll and one other university it was the kindness of the Helena community and the excellence of the nursing program that brought me here.

Coming home from my campus visit my friends and family could all tell that Carroll had my heart, and still does. Through a combination of scholarships and grants from Carroll and the support of many outside scholarships, the college my heart desired became affordable.

I have been blessed to work in the Financial Aid Office which has allowed me to see the countless resources Carroll’s financial aid office provides and I have personally witnessed the generosity of time and resources this office dedicates to us students.

- Bridget Braden, Nursing Major, Class of 2023


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