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Our Scholarship

To encourage skill-development and leadership in the pursuit of STEM fields among college-bound students in the Big Sky and greater Gallatin Valley area, the Rieschel Foundation is proud to award the Rieschel Foundation Scholarship for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

The $10,000 Rieschel Foundation Scholarship is awarded each spring to one local high school senior pursuing higher education in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, or math.

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“We want to identify and encourage the passions of high school students in STEM fields. We are looking for innovative minds, creative minds, minds that inspire others, students who want to give back to their community. These students can be anything from computer whizzes who trouble-shoot networks for local nonprofits to budding environmental scientists who spend their weekends repairing trails. We are looking for bright students who want to broaden these skills into careers and lasting community impact.”

- Yucca Rieschel, Member of The Rieschel Foundation Board of Directors

Scholarship Details


A one time award of $10,000 deposited directly to awardee’s enrolled post-secondary program in a 4 year college or trade school.


High school seniors attending public or private schools or equivalent homeschool programs in the Gallatin Valley.


This annual scholarship from the Rieschel Foundation is awarded to one high school senior demonstrating dedication and commitment to the greater Gallatin Valley community in the areas of science, technology, engineering, or math. Demonstrated volunteer work or internships in the field are required. This scholarship is merit and passion based. Relatives of members of the Rieschel Foundation’s officers or directors are ineligible to apply.

Important Dates

February 1, 2024

Scholarship application opens

March 1, 2024

Scholarship application deadline

April 2024

Interviews completed for select applicants

May 2024

Winner notified

August 2024

Funds deposited directly to awardee’s enrolled post-secondary program

Ready to apply?
Please take note of the following information.

Step 1: Gather Required Information

Please ask two professional references to write you a letter of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be emailed to and must be received by the March 1st deadline. Your references should be willing to speak to your strengths, experience, and interests within the STEM field as well as your involvement in your school or the community. You will also need their full name, phone number, and email address to complete your application.

You will need your cumulative GPA (your average GPA over all 4 years of high school) and your GPA during your senior year. We will also need you to list any courses that you’ve taken within the STEM field.

Step 2: Username and Password

At the top of the application, there is an option to save your progress and resume later. We highly encourage applicants to use this feature to create a username and password. A link to resume your application will be sent to the email provided.

Step 3: Review and Complete

After clicking 'review' a new page will appear revealing your application.  We strongly recommend saving this page for your records as you will not be able to reopen your application after submission. At this point you MUST click 'complete' at the bottom of the page in order for your application to be submitted. Our system will automatically send you an email confirmation indicating that the foundation has received your application.

Step 4: Questions?

Have a question specific to the grant process?

Contact our Program Officer