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There is much more to Idaho than just potatoes. Many students know that Idaho offers a number of colleges and universities where students can pursue a college education. As such, many scholarships exist to help students afford these colleges. Some funding opportunities are only available to students who are residents of Idaho while other opportunities are available to students who attend a college or university within the State of Idaho. Below is a brief selection of some of the opportunities that are available to students:
Idaho Opportunity Scholarship is open to Idaho residents who graduated from any high school within the State of Idaho. Students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average and must complete a FAFSA prior to March 1st. This award is offered to eligible students based on financial need. Additional information can be found at the following website: https://boardofed.idaho.gov/scholarship/opportunity.asp.
GEAR UP Idaho Scholarship is awarded to Idaho students who participated in the GEAR UP program. In order to be eligible, students must have graduated from a high school within Idaho and be younger than 22 years of age at the time the of scholarship award date. Students must attend one of the specified state colleges. A complete list of eligible institutions as well as additional information can be found here: https://boardofed.idaho.gov/scholarship/gear_up.asp.
Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship provides awards worth $3,000 to about twenty five lucky students each year. These awards are renewable. In order to be eligible, students must be residents of Idaho and be a senior at an Idaho high school. Furthermore, they must plan to enroll on a full-time basis at a college or university within the state. All applicants must have at least a 2.8 grade point average and must submit a brief essay about their interests and goals. Students who have demonstrated an interest in community involvement and public service will be given the highest priority. Additional information can be found at this link: https://boardofed.idaho.gov/scholarship/gov_cup.asp.
Armed Forces/Public Safety Officer Dependent Scholarship provides a tuition waiver plus up to $500 each semester for books. This award is available to Idaho residents who have lost a spouse or parent as a result of their loved one’s service to the country. Specifically, family members of the armed forces or military who have died or become severely disabled in the line of duty qualify for this award. Recipients must attend a public institution within Idaho. Additional eligibility requirements dictate the student must be an Idaho resident who has graduated from a public high school within the state of Idaho.
In addition to the above scholarships, students are encouraged to check with the financial aid office at the college or university that they would like to attend. Often times, there are college-specific awards that students may qualify for. Additionally, students may want to consider asking their academic department whether there are any department or major-specific awards that they may qualify for.
Author: Jeff Gitlen