Areas of Need


For nearly 125 years, Montana State University has pushed its students further to reach their potential through groundbreaking research, award-winning teaching and by striving for unimaginable new heights. Now is the time to capitalize on the momentum MSU has created around its People, Places and Programs, raising the bar that advances Montana State University, its students and the communities it serves.

Investing in PeopleMake a gift to MSU

Scholarships and Fellowships

Ensuring access to a wider range of prospective students helps MSU build larger, more talented, and more diverse classes of graduate and undergraduate students who will be prepared for their futures.

“This scholarship has helped me to get the most out of my education that I possibly can. With my degree, I hope to return to my community and use the knowledge and skills that I have received at MSU to help improve the lives of my family, friends and community members.”

Robert Dorsey Industrial Engineering 2016,
2013 recipient of the $2,500 Dow Native American Scholarship Award

Professorships and Chairs

Securing support to recruit and build an outstanding faculty furthers groundbreaking research and offers our students access to leading experts and opportunities in their fields of interest.

Student Success Funds

Mentoring, tutoring and other innovative programs provide our students with vital learning that occurs beyond the classroom, creating opportunities for them to excel academically, become more involved with efforts in their communities and pursue meaningful employment in their chosen fields.

“As a student, being able to interact with such highly esteemed members of the scientific community and have personal discussions with graduate students gave me a wider understanding of the inner-workings of research and how to navigate through it. As a presenter and observer, the rewarding interactions provided a great foundation to my scientific journey. I hope the Emerging Scholars Grants program continues so other students may have similar, positive, and motivating experiences.”

Alec Skuntz Chemistry/Biochemistry 2014,
2013 recipient of a Presidential Emerging Scholars Grant

Faculty Research and Leadership Grants and Awards

Increasing the number of groundbreaking research and teaching projects initiated by faculty enables them to offer more unique learning opportunities to our students that more closely connect MSU to our communities.

Investing in Places

Learning and Leadership Centers

World-class teaching and research demands dynamic and interactive facilities. MSU is committed to creating flexible, hi-tech spaces for a growing student body that will drive creativity and innovation in classrooms, studios and labs.

“The new Jabs Hall at Montana State University will help build Montana’s future entrepreneurs. This building will shape our behavior, helping our students and faculty become more collaborative and innovative.”

Dr. Kregg Aytes, Dean, Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship

Investing in Programs

Community and Global Engagement Funds

Service-learning experiences gained though programs help students develop critical traits they can carry with them into their lives after college. Expanding the opportunities for all students and faculty to take part in MSU’s outreach programs will foster powerful engagement experiences that create advantages for these communities and themselves.

“The private support we received for The Everest Education Expedition helped Montana State University to put Mountains and Minds in the Himalaya, funding the graduate student and an expanded educational outreach program. The overwhelming impact of being right there—with a student—has changed how I teach, underscoring how important both field work and private philanthropy are in higher education.”

Dr. Dave Lageson, Professor of Structural Geology,
2012 recipient of faculty leadership grant in support of the Everest Expedition