The Cook Scholarship

Montana's Premiere Academic Youth Scholarship

Established in 1973 by the late Frank Hervey Cook, a lifelong Montana resident and a 1919 graduate of St. Paul's School, a boarding school in Concord, NH, the Cook Scholarship is awarded annually based on character and academic accomplishment to a Montana student and provides funding for tuition costs at St. Paul's and financial assistance for the college of their choice.

7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grade students

looking for an academic adventure:

If we are not scheduled to visit your town, one of our ambassadors would love to present to your 7th, 8th, 9th, and/or 10th graders! 

Most of our ambassadors are former Cook Scholars or attended St. Paul's.



Meg Gildehaus, SPS '13 (from Red Lodge, now living in Billings)

Keith Lauver, SPS '88 (from Billings, now living in Red Lodge)

Hear directly from alumni, parents, and representatives of the school!



November 8 Sessions have been held.

More sessions will be coordinated with
the visit of St. Paul’s representatives this fall.

Please indicate your interest

by Signing-Up below.

“My first year at St. Paul’s School was unforgettable. The experience was all so different from my home.... The classes were challenging, yet rewarding and pushed me to think creatively. I was pleased that I was able to undertake more interactive activities during my classes, rather than learn directly from a textbook or listen to a lecture."

Sarah H, Stanford, MT        SPS '20

"Coming to SPS from Montana opened my eyes to the world around me. People with different backgrounds, religions, and experiences from all over the world impacted my life and allowed me to grow and learn from other cultures. At SPS I received a top-tier education, and was challenged academically in ways I could not have imagined before. SPS helped me mature and grow into the person that I love to be."


John E, Helena, MT    SPS '18

$62,000 Annual Tuition, Room and Board for 3 or 4 years

$15,000 Annual Scholarship to College of their choice

If selected, the recipient will be awarded:

Montana students currently in the eighth, ninth, or tenth grades may apply. 

Recommendations of principals and teachers, school records, and the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) are required.

Who Should Apply?

All application materials must be submitted by January 15.

Since the establishment of the Cook in 1973, 124 exceptional Montana students (76 as Cook Scholars and 2 as Hervey Scholars) have traveled from Montana to attend St. Paul’s, and their successes have been noteworthy. Applicants represent a wide range of cities and towns, and have come from every imaginable location in the state. 

This is truly a scholarship opportunity for all Montana students.

By Montana. For Montana.


One student from Montana is selected on the basis of character and academic accomplishment. 

Cook Scholarship finalists are selected by the St. Paul's School admission office and then interviewed in Montana by the Cook Scholarship Board of Trustees that includes Montana residents, former Cook Scholars, and a representative of St. Paul's School.

Give Back

Cook Scholars are expected to give back to Montana through a minimum commitment of 80 hours of community service to benefit their home state, along with an additional summer of service to their home communities, between acceptance to St. Paul's School and the summer following their sophomore year of college.


If you are in the 7th, 8th, 9th, or 10th grades and are considering applying for the Cook Scholarship, please complete the
St. Paul's Inquiry Form.

You should also register for the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) which is administered:

Oct 19, 2019

Nov 16, 2019

Dec 14, 2019

Jan 4, 2020

All application materials must be postmarked by January 15.

Registration fees increase closer to the test.

What if I Don't Get the Scholarship?

“St. Paul’s was a life-changing experience for me. I was not awarded the Cook Scholarship, but St. Paul’s School financial aid still made it just as possible for me to attend four years there where I was welcomed into incredible opportunities that I would not have found elsewhere. For example, I began rowing my third form year at St. Paul’s which opened up a plethora of opportunities for college athletic recruitment and led me to a rowing scholarship at Hamilton College. The support system both at St. Paul’s School and within the St. Paul’s community in Montana makes the unimaginable happen.”

Jade Thomas SPS ‘16

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