!IMPORTANT UPDATE: DECEMBER 1, 2016!
If you have any trouble at all uploading attachments to Typeform, please email those attachments to us at dhc@umontana.edu. Go ahead and submit the rest of your application via Typeform. We will make sure your application materials are collated.

If you have any questions, please call us at (406) 243-2541. Thank you from all of us at the Davidson Honors College.

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DAVIDSON HONORS COLLEGE

At the Davidson Honors College, we take an innovative approach to excellence in undergraduate education. We believe that honors courses are distinguished by inspiration and relevance more than difficulty. We recognize that real learning occurs both inside and outside the classroom. We know that great mentoring comes from peers as well as faculty and staff. We support the intellectual and professional development of all our students. Most of all, we know that every Davidson Honors College graduate has the skills necessary to serve as an engaged and powerful citizen.

Thank you for visiting our new application! 

- TWO IMPORTANT POINTS -
1. If you have any trouble at all uploading attachments to Typeform, please email those attachments to us at dhc@umontana.edu. Go ahead and submit the rest of your application via Typeform. We will make sure your application materials are collated.

2. YOU WILL NEED TO COMPLETE THIS APPLICATION IN ONE SESSION. 

Please read the information below before you begin, and have the relevant information available to enter and upload.

In order to complete this application, you'll need to provide:

1. Basic biographical information
2. Information about your academic background and achievements
3. An electronic copy of your unofficial transcript(s)
4. A short statement about your academic interests: What major(s) or academic area(s) of interest do you plan to pursue at the University of Montana? What interests you about that field of study? What are your future career goals and other professional aspirations? Limit your statement to 300 words, maximum.
5. A brief essay of 600-1,000 words on one of the following topics:
Topic 1: Describe an event in your life, a person, a book, or an experience (choose one) that has had a profound effect on you. How has it influenced change in you, your attitudes, and/or your goals?
OR
Topic 2: What does leadership mean to you? What is the most inspiring example of leadership that you have witnessed? Why was this example of leadership so inspiring, and what have you learned from it?

Special note: Our application also requires that you submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or professor. We prefer that you provide us with your teacher's email address so that we can request the letter directly from them. If that is not possible, you can have your teacher send us a hard copy of their letter by following the instructions found within this application.

All applications to the Davidson Honors College that are completed by December 2nd, 2016 will be considered for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship. Applications received after December 2nd, 2016 will be considered for admission to the Davidson Honors College, but not for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship.

Students applying for admission to the Davidson Honors College should show clear evidence of academic talent, leadership, and motivation. Generally, a high school GPA of 3.5 is expected, as well as an ACT composite score of 27. For students who took the SAT exam before 2016, we generally expect a composite score of 1800. For students who took the SAT in 2016, we generally expect a composite score of 1270 or higher (Reading and Writing + Math). These criteria are not absolute, however, and all highly motivated students are encouraged to apply.

Applications are especially welcome from non-traditional students, international students, veterans, and students from varied racial and ethnic backgrounds.
College transfer students and currently enrolled students at the University of Montana with a record of strong academic performance are likewise welcome to apply.

Deadline: Applications to the Davidson Honors College submitted by December 2nd, 2016, will be considered for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship. Applications submitted after December 2nd, 2016 will be considered for admission to the Davidson Honors College, but not for the Presidential Leader Scholarship. Davidson Honors College applications will be considered only from those who have applied for admission to a four-year undergraduate program at The University of Montana.

Special Notes on the Presidential Leadership Scholarship

The Presidential Leadership Scholarships are the University of Montana's premier academic scholarships, recognizing outstanding talent, academic performance and contribution to the community. These awards are renewable for four years, subject to satisfactory performance by the student.

Every Presidential Leadership Scholar receives an annual stipend ($7,500 per year for a Gold PLS and $5,000 per year for a Silver PLS). Additionally, Presidential Leadership Scholars will receive a substantial tuition discount or waiver (depending on residency status). Resident students receive a full tuition waiver. Non-resident students who receive the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarship have their tuition discounted as WUE Scholars. Non-resident students who do not receive WUE Scholarships receive a tuition discount equivalent to the in-state tuition rate (currently $4,373). 

Presidential Leadership Scholarship Award Summary

For Montana residents:

Gold Level: $7,500 stipend plus a tuition waiver valued at approximately $4,373 per year
Silver Level: $5,000 stipend plus a tuition waiver valued at approximately $4,373 per year

For non-residents receiving a Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarship:

Gold Level: $7,500 stipend and WUE Scholarship 
Silver Level: $5,000 stipend and WUE Scholarship 

For non-residents from a non-Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) state:

Gold Level: $7,500 stipend plus a tuition waiver valued at approximately $4,373
Silver Level: $5,000 stipend plus a tuition waiver valued at approximately $4,373

Finalists for the Presidential Leadership Scholarship will be selected from applications received by December 2nd, 2016. Finalists will be notified of their status by the first week in January, and will then be invited to interview with a Presidential Leadership Scholarship Committee member by phone or in person during our Presidential Leadership Scholars event on Friday, February 3rd, 2017.
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Let's start with a few basic biographical questions:

 
What is your name (Last, First, Middle )?

 
UM Student ID (if known, if unknown please put "unknown")

 
Mailing Address

 
Street or PO Box #

 
City

 
State

 
Zip Code

 
Is your mailing address the same as your permanent address?


 
Permanent Address

 
Street or PO Box #

 
City

 
State

 
Zip Code

 
Phone Number

 
Next, we'll ask you some questions about your academic background:

 
What is the high school you last attended or currently attend?

 
In what year will you or did you graduate from high school?

 
What is your cumulative high school GPA on a 4.0 Scale?

 
Does your high school rank it's students?


 
What is your high school class rank?

 
What is your high school graduating class size?

 
We require applicants to report their ACT and or SAT test scores. (Please note that the Davidson Honors College does not superscore. Please provide scores from your best single test performance.)

 
Did you take the ACT?


 
ACT Test Scores

 
What is your ACT English Score?

 
What is your ACT Math Score?

 
What is your ACT Reading score?

 
What is your ACT Science score?

 
What is your composite ACT score?

 
Did you take the optional writing portion of the ACT?


 
What is your ACT writing score?

 
Did you take the SAT?


 
Are the SAT scores you are going to report from 2016 or later?


 
SAT Scores

 
What is your SAT Reading and Writing Score?

 
What is your SAT Math score?

 
What is your total SAT score?

 
Did you take the optional essay portion of the SAT?


 
What is your SAT essay score?

 
SAT Scores

 
What is your SAT Critical Reading Score?

 
What is your SAT Math score?

 
What is your SAT Writing score?

 
What is the total of your combined SAT scores?

 
Did you successfully complete or are currently taking any advanced-level courses (e.g., AP Honors, IB, A-level, Running Start)?


 
Please list any advanced-level courses successfully completed or currently in progress (e.g., AP Honors, IB, A-level, Running Start):

 
What is your prospective college major (if unsure, indicate "general")?

 
Are you a transfer or current UM student?


 
What is the number of college credits you have earned?

 
What type of credits does your institution award?


 
What is your class level?


 
What is the name of the college you currently or last attended?

 
What is your cumulative college GPA?

 
We have just a few more questions to ask about your background:

 
Are you a National Merit Semifinalist?


 
Are you a U.S. Citizen?


 
What is your state of legal residence?

 
If you are a Montana resident, what county?

 
What academic honors/awards are you most proud of? Please list up to six honors/awards, the grade level at which you received them, and provide a one-sentence description.

For example:
Math Quest Champion, Grade 12: County-wide competition assessing overall math ability
 
Please list up to six extracurricular and/or volunteer activities that you have found to be particularly meaningful.  List any leadership position you held as part of that activity, and the grade level(s) during which you were involved in that activity.

For example:
Varsity Cross Country, Team Captain, Grades 9-12
 
As part of your application, we require one letter of recommendation from a teacher speaking to your academic and personal qualities.  Only one letter will be considered during the review of your application. Current UM students and transfer students must submit a letter of recommendation from a college professor. Please select from the following options to send your letter to us:


 
Your Referee's Info

 
First and Last Name

 
Email Address

 
Please give us a brief statement about your academic career plans. What major(s) or academic area(s) of interest do you plan to pursue at the University of Montana? What interests you about that field of study? What are your future career goals and other professional aspirations? Limit your statement to 300 words, maximum.

 
Please upload an essay response of 600-1,000 words (double-spaced) on one of the following topics:
Topic 1: Describe an event in your life, a person, a book, or an experience (choose one) that has had a profound effect on you. How has it influenced change in you, your attitudes, and/or your goals?

OR

Topic 2: What does leadership mean to you? What is the most inspiring example of leadership that you have witnessed? Why was this example of leadership so inspiring, and what have you learned from it?

 
Please upload your high school or college transcript.

 
One Last Formality:

 
Please type your name and date below if you certify that the above information is true and correct to the best of your knowledge and permit the University of Montana to release information to scholarship donors, UM Foundation, the media and any pertinent parties.

Thank you for your application to the Davidson Honors College.

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