Idaho financial aid can be easy to find if you know where to look. There are many state sponsored grants available, as well as scholarships from independent organizations that focus on Idaho students and those attending Idaho colleges and universities. If you’re looking for Idaho scholarships and grants, here are several that may interest you:
- Robert R. Lee Promise Category A Scholarship
This scholarship offers about twenty-five new students each year an award of $3,000 per year, renewable for up to four years of college study. The scholarship is available as well to students in professional and technical programs, though it is only renewable for three years in these cases.
In order to qualify, students must be residents of Idaho and graduating from an Idaho high school. Students must also enroll full time as freshmen in an academic or professional-technical program through an eligible Idaho postsecondary institution.
Students applying for academic awards must have a GPA of 3.5 or above and an ACT score of 28 or above. Students in the professional-technical program must have a GPA of 2.8 or above and pass the COMPASS test for reading, writing, and algebra.
Students can apply to this award between November 15th and January 15th of each year. Students can print the application online from www.boardofed.idaho.gov. Students can reapply for the scholarship each year, as well.
- Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship
This competitive scholarship is for about twelve students who are Idaho high school seniors planning to attend Idaho colleges or universities. The number of awards can vary from year to year, depending on the availability of funds. Students can get a $3,000 per year award, which is renewable for up to four years in an academic program and up to three years in a professional-technical program.
To qualify for this award, students should be a resident of Idaho and be graduating from an Idaho high school. Students must enroll full-time in an academic or technical program through an Idaho college or university. Eligible students must have a high school GPA of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. Students who demonstrate commitment to serving their communities will be considered more highly for this scholarship, so documentation of leadership activities, volunteer work, and other community activities is required.
Students can access this application at www.boardofed.idaho.gov as well. They can apply between November 15 and January 15 of their senior years. Students can also reapply for the award within the allotted time period.
- Idaho Minority and At Risk Student Scholarship
This scholarship is for students who are at risk of failing to get a college education because of certain conditions. Students can be at risk because of physical difficulties, economic problems, or cultural pressures. This award is for up to $3,000 a year, and it is renewable for up to four years.
Eligible students are Idaho residents and graduates of Idaho high schools. Students must also be able to show that they are disadvantaged by meeting three of these five criteria:
o They must be a first generation college student.
o They must be disabled.
o They must be a migrant farm worker or the dependent of a migrant farm worker.
o They must demonstrate serious financial need.
o They must be a member of a minority that is under-represented in Idaho higher education, including Hispanic, African American, and Native American.
Students who fall into three of those categories at least are eligible to apply for this award. Students can apply with a paper application, which they can access on the Board of Education website, which is listed above.
- Idaho Opportunity Scholarship
This scholarship for Idaho students is made available partially by contributions from Idahoans who want to support higher education in their state. These scholarships were created by Governer CL Otter when Idaho saw the need for a more educated workforce. This scholarship is need based and is meant to help students bridge the gap between what funding they have from personal savings and federal contributions and the actual cost of college.
To apply, students must be Idaho residents and graduates of Idaho high schools – or have Idaho GEDs. Students must fill out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gove every year before the first of March, and they must accept any federal grant aid that is available to them. Students must enroll full time as undergraduates and maintain good academic progress throughout their college careers.
The amounts of the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship awards vary quite dramatically, depending on the real financial need of students who are applying for the awards. Award amounts may vary by year, since students’ financial needs may change. Students can apply to renew the award as long as they are enrolled full time and can still prove financial need.
- Tschudy Family Scholarship
This is for students who graduate from Emmett High School. Students must be Idaho residents and must be about to graduate from Emmett or have graduated in the past seven years. Students must enroll full time at BSU, ISU, LCSC, or UI to apply for this scholarship.
Students can renew this $2,500 scholarship annually as long as they maintain good standing and move forward with their degree. Students who wish to apply for this award must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.6 or higher. To apply, they most complete the online application, fill out the Statement of Financial Need, offer high school transcripts and college transcripts if applicable, and get two letters of recommendation. Students must also write an essay about their extracurricular activities and leadership experience. In the essay, students must identify why they want to pursue a degree in their chosen course of study.
Students must postmark the application by January 16th of their senior year or within seven years of graduating from Emmett High School. If you’re interested in this particular scholarship, you can find out more information in the PDF file at http://www.boardofed.idaho.gov/scholarship/documents/tschudy_guide.pdf. The application is attached to this file, and you’ll find everything you need within it.