Idaho Scholarships and Grants

This is an amazing time of your life and you should savor every moment! But, while you’re enjoying all the activities and special times associated with your Senior year, you need to take a minute to think about next fall – in college. Right now is when you need to apply for scholarships and grants to help pave the path to your education. The opportunities listed below might just be exactly what you need to give you a little shove into your tomorrow! Check them out!

American Legion

This is a scholarship which can be used for undergraduate study in any accredited college or university. To qualify you or a parent must be a member or participant of an American Legion Unit residing in Idaho. All children and/or grandchildren of members are also eligible. The amount of the scholarship varies from year to year. For more information, check the web site: idlegion.home.mindspring.com/.

Horatio Alger

If you are a high school senior who has already faced and overcome great obstacles in your life, you need to take a closer look at this program.

Other requirements include Idaho residency and that you attend high school in Benevah, Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai or Latahor Shoshone counties; that you be able to demonstrate financial need; that you have a history of academic achievement; that you have displayed depth of character; and, that you are service orientated. To apply you will need to submit an essay, copy of your transcript, a letter of support, and an income statement. The scholarship may be used for full-time undergrad study at the following 4-year universities: University of Idaho, North Idaho College, and Lewis-Clark State College (Coeur d’Alene or Lewiston). Please visit this website for additional information: www.hortioalger.org/scholarships. These scholarships are for $5,000.

Grow Your Own Teacher Scholarship Program

If you can imagine yourself in front of a classroom doing the teaching, you need to read this one! This scholarship is available for undergrad study at Boise State University, Idaho State, Lewis-Clark College, and the College of Southern Idaho. This program was established to help students become bilingual education, ESL, and Native American teachers. Award is for $3,000. Application requirements include FAFSA, minimum of 3.0 GPA, and Idaho residency. If you would like more information, please contact www.boardofed.idaho.gov/scholarships.

Idaho Governor’s Cup

If you would like a renewable $3,000 scholarship that you can use at Idaho colleges and universities, that has no specific major listed – this is for you! Eligibility requirements include that you must be a high school senior, reside in Idaho, have demonstrated continuous academic achievement with a GPA of at least 2.8, contributed to your community by volunteering, and proven that you have leadership qualities. Application will require letters of recommendation, essay, transcript, SAT/ACT scores, along with documentation of volunteer work, leadership and public service. For more information, contact your high school guidance counselor or the Idaho State Board of Education at www.boardofed.idaho.gov/scholarships.

Robert R. Lee Category A Promise Scholarship

This is a unique scholarship targeting outstanding students. It can be used for full-time study at any Idaho state-funded colleges or universities. Eligible students are high school students who reside in Idaho, who have a minimum 28 ACT score and 3.5 GPA, and are in the top 10% of their graduating class. The amount of this award is $3,000, and is renewable for the second freshman semester. For more information apply on line or contact the Idaho State Board of Education at www.boardofed.idaho.gov/scholarships.

Treacy Company

For this one, you must be able to prove that there is a need for financial assistance; be a resident of Idaho, Montana or North Dakota; have proven leadership abilities; and, have shown a seriousness of purpose and service orientation in the past. The award is in the amount of $1,000 and is renewable. Application requires transcript, letter stating your reasons for applying, including personal information. You must write for applications: Treacy Company, P.O. Box 1479, Helena, MT 59624. There is no web site.

Idaho Education Incentive Loan Forgiveness Program

This is a renewable student loan that may be forgiven if you fulfill their specific requirements after graduation. Awarded monies may be used in Idaho public universities or colleges. Applicant must be a Idaho resident interested in majoring in education or nursing, and must work in Idaho for two years after graduation. Contact the financial aid office at the Idaho public college or university for application packet and information, or check the website www.boardofed.idaho.gov/scholarships.