PO Box 900 Philipsburg MT 59858-0900 us


Philipsburg Area Education Foundation

our mission



Click here for application forms. Download the form, complete it and send it in, along with required documents.  See the application checklist and steps for completion.

Click here for the application checklist and procedures.  Incomplete packets or those received after the deadline may not be considered.

We generate and channel public and/or private resources to improve the quality of educational opportunity for the citizens of the greater Philipsburg area.


We publish two newsletters per year to keep you informed about current PAEF events, available scholarship funds, and award winners.  For the most current newsletter, click here.

​Grants for Teachers and trainers

We offer grants to local educators and trainers for learning activities based on current year revenues in our general fund.  For information and application forms, click here.


We hold essay contests for 7/8th, 9/10th and 11th grade students. Awards are maintained in the PAEF endowment fund until the students graduate and choose an educational institutional to apply the scholarship.  Contest information is disseminated in the classroom about topics, requirements and awards.  For the most current applications, click here.







Click here to see the current and past years scholarship recipients.  These students made it one step closer to a prosperous future, and represent the entire Granite County area.

Our service area includes:

  • Philipsburg
  • Drummond
  • Helmville
  • Hall
  • Georgetown Lake

The current year scholarship offerings are listed here. You can also find out about our donors.

What's New in 2018?

The Leipheimer Family and the Rouse Family established  new scholarships for students pursuing post-secondary education or training.  

This year PAEF offered two service-related scholarships in recognition of Jan Bowen and Sharon Christensen, who contributed to the enhancement and longevity of the Philipsburg Area Education Foundation by serving on the Board of Directors. In appreciation for their longevity of service, the scholarships give preference to students who are 2nd year or more in college or vocational training.  Jan Bowen served on the PAEF Board for over five years. Sharon Christensen, one of PAEF’s charter members, served on the PAEF Board for approximately ten years.  Christensen helped to organize the foundation and its investment strategies to offer educational opportunities to Granite County residents, now and long into the future.  

PAEF funded three educational  projects for Granite schools. Look for reports of the Poetry Slam and Story Mapping Project at the Drummond Library.  Granite High School projects concentrate on reading and writing -- the high school history class will study indigenous people and government treaties, and Montana author, Peter Fromm will visit in April to discuss his writing journey, while inspiring young writers.

Programs we support:

  • Scholarships for first-time and returning college students
  • Scholarships for first-time and returning vocational/technical training students
  • High school concurrent enrollment
  • Middle school students essay contest
  • High school students essay contests
  • Enrichment programs for school-age children in the arts and sciences
  • Adult education