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For 90 years, Northern has proved to be a vital institute of higher education in Montana, especially for the communities along the Hi Line. Northern produces job-ready graduate who make a difference in their communities, near and far. Every gift that comes through the Foundation benefits the students, faculty, and staff at Northern. 


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How to Give

Listed below are the areas where you can support Northern students, staff, and faculty. At the top of this list are our greatest needs. If you don’t see what you want to donate to, or if you just want to make a general donation to the Foundation, you can click the button below to use our general donation form.

The Excellence Fund

The Northern Alumni Foundation is fortunate to have a strong annual giving program, The Excellence Fund, which helps ensure that the best possible experience is available to every Northern student. Our fiscal year runs from July to June, so our appeals are ongoing. Because it directly allows us to pursue and achieve our mission, The Excellence Fund is one of the Foundation’s top funding priorities. 

The Excellence Fund was created in 2016 to raise money that allows the Foundation team the opportunity to carry out needs that exceed traditional planned giving. With it we organize outreach activities, execute fundraising events, and manage our scholarships, endowments, and grants. 

Please consider making a donation to help the MSU-Northern Foundation and it’s mission to support Northern students. We appreciate the support!

MSUN Colleges

MSU-Northern ranks #15 in the nation for helping students rise up to a better socioeconomic level.  Many of these students rely on financial assistance to afford college and many are first generations college graduates.  Northern serves a broad student population through three distinct colleges.

The College of Technical Sciences includes our nationally recognized diesel program, and is also home to regional-leading apprenticeship programs. Civil engineering, automotive, plumbing, welding and electric technology studies all are part of this college.

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Education includes vibrant elementary and secondary education programs, as well as a rigorous Biology degree that prepares students to continue on to graduate degrees, including veterinary, pharmacy, or medical school.  Popular studies in this area also included criminal justice, graphic design, native American studies, and community leadership.

The College of Health Sciences includes a versatile Health Promotions program and our fully accredited nursing program, which provides health professionals with both ASN and BSN options.

The Montana Access Scholarship

The 66th Montana Legislature approved $2 million in need-based student aid that, when matched one-to-one by private donations, will provide a total of $4 million in financial aid for students in the Montana University System for the next two years.

This year Northern has to raise $30,000 for Montana Access Scholarships which will be matched by the state. That means, for every thousand dollars we raise from supporters like you, we can provide two students with $1000 scholarships each.

When we reach our goal, we will provide 60 students with $1000 scholarships!

80% of our students here at Northern receive some form of financial aid. These scholarships will be based on need as determined by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), an index number that is calculated according to a formula established by law and the information from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). They will be awarded to new or current full-time, undergraduate students who are Montana residents. You can help us lessen the financial barrier for a student by donating today!

MSUN Athletics

Northern has 6 NAIA official teams (Basketball, Wrestling, Football, Golf, Volleyball, and Cross-Country) and two club teams (Rodeo and Hockey).

You can donate to any of our teams below, and you can donate to our general Athletics fund. If you are giving money to support the Quarterback Club, Volleyball Club, or 3-Point Club, please select the sport and write in the comments box that you intend to donate to those clubs. Thank you!

MSU-Northern Sports Complex: Phase 1


We may have started construction, but we still need your support.

The MSU Northern Sports Complex is changing the landscape of Northern. Literally. 

Phase 1 of the project cost $3M of which $2.69M has been raised so far, all from private donations and from supporters of Northern. We are so thankful for the gifts and the impact they will have on the students for years to come. Offering the first turf field in a 100 mile radius, this will not only be the home for the Northern Lights football team, it will also be a gathering place for graduations, camps, fundraiser, and concerts. This will open up the community of Havre to opportunities to bring people to town and give an economic boost to the region of north-central Montana. 

Phase 1 will consist of the turf field, grandstands, press box, and surrounding landscaping.

Phase 1.5 will add in concession stands, lights, and bathrooms. 

Phase 2 will consist of a 3 tiered events center that includes team locker rooms, classrooms, and banquet rooms. It will also include a new parking lot on the north side of the building.

We invite you to make a pledge to help us build our stadium. Independence Bank of Havre is offering a loan to the Foundation at 0% interest for all pledges to the project. 

If you pledge $5,000 or more today, you will be added to the Donor Wall at the Stadium

Are you looking for pictures of construction progress or all of our press releases? Stay tuned! We are still in the process of transitioning all of our content to this new website. 

Pledge your gift today!

When you make a pledge, the Foundation will contact you to sign a pledge agreement. 

The main thing that makes me excited about this project is the realization of all the alumni and donors who are helping our program and who are really trying to make things better for us. It is inspirational to our players and staff, and motivating us to work even harder for all of the people who are believing in us and setting us up to succeed. We knew there were always people doubting us from our past seasons, but this new stadium will be a start of a new era. Not only will it help bring talented players to help win games, but having a stadium on campus should help bring the community and Northern students together showing their support for the team.
Justin Pfeifer
2020 Team Captain - Cut Bank, MT