Scholarships & Small Business Grants​

Bozeman BPW offers an annual Education Scholarship for Career Advancement in order to provide financial assistance to qualified women seeking to further their education. Scholarships are provided to women who wish to advance in their careers, or are soon to enter or re-enter the workforce. The scholarship offer is made to support women at crucial points in their lives and to enable them to help themselves. Award amounts historically range from $500 to $2,000.  The scholarships are slotted to open for application in May annually. To qualify, scholarship applicants must:

  • Be female
  • Be at least 25 years of age by April 1st of the award year
  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national and a resident of Gallatin County
  • Be officially accepted into a Montana accredited degree program that will result in an associates, bachelors, or masters degree, or be officially accepted into an accredited certificate program at a school or training facility within Montana (Not to be used for work toward a doctoral-level degree, such as a PhD, MD, DDS, DVM, JD, etc.)
  • Attend school full time
  • Demonstrate clear career plans and a scheduled time frame in which you expect to achieve your education goals
  • Be available for a personal interview with the Bozeman BPW Scholarship Committee between August 1-15th. (May be conducted via video conferencing or phone).
  • Selected recipients are encouraged attend the Honors Event in Bozeman in October (date & location TBD)
  • Demonstrate financial need

There is no fee to apply for the Education Scholarship for Career Advancement. You do not need to be a member of Bozeman BPW and there will be no preference given to Bozeman BPW members when awarding the scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of merit and demonstration of clear intent; however, financial need will be taken into consideration when all other factors are equal between applicants.

Application available here to download.

“Women Helping Women”… Bozeman Business & Professional Women is pleased to also award Small Business Grants to women for business development. There are an estimated 37,000 women owned businesses in Montana, producing $4.7 million in revenue in the past year. The financial grants are to enable women owned businesses to develop further.  The small business grants are available to Montana women entrepreneurs who require support to purchase equipment or other materials for business start-up or development. Requirements for the grant include:

  • Applicant business must be a woman owned, Montana business
  • Grants are for small business development
  • Must be in business for one year prior to application deadline
  • The grants are for projects NOT otherwise eligible for aid, and are not awarded for religious purposes, to veterans’ or fraternal organizations, for use as general endowment, nor for fundraising
  • Project must be completed within six (6) months of grant receipt
  • Grant request is for a project planned in the coming year
  • Grant request is for a project not yet funded, nor purchased
  • Be available for a personal interview with the Bozeman BPW Scholarship Committee between August 1-15. (May be conducted via video conferencing or phone).
  • Selected recipients are encouraged to attend the Honors Event in Bozeman in October (date & location TBD) to publicly receive the award

Since 2010, over $25,000 has been awarded to women business owners across the state. Awards historically range from $500 to $1,000. The grants applications are slotted to open for application in May annually (date of opening and closing TBD).

Application available here to download.

An application is required for either program and will include a follow-up interview for any finalists. If you have any questions, please email the Scholarship Committee. Scholarships and Business grants are awarded at the annual fall Honors Awards Ceremony.