We all know generous people – those who inspire us by always finding ways to help others. This time of year, especially, examples of generosity are practically everywhere you look. It’s part of the reason the holidays are such a special time.
One of my favorite places to see the effect of generosity first-hand is right here on the Boise State campus. In between classes on a typical day, the Quad fills with students hurrying from one class or lab to the next. They come from an extraordinary array of backgrounds, represent a wide range of ambitions and abilities, and nearly three-quarters of them rely on some form of financial aid to pay for school. And thanks to the generosity of our donors, many are thriving at Boise State because of the opportunity provided by scholarships.
Support for student scholarships is Boise State’s greatest need and top philanthropic priority. We know that financial concerns are the top reason students drop out of Boise State. Scholarship support helps to keep Boise State affordable and accessible to the brightest students from all backgrounds. With scholarship assistance, our students can afford to pursue and complete their degrees.
By supporting scholarships, our donors allow students to explore their potential to the fullest with less worry about how to pay for school. Through their philanthropy, our donors help to motivate students in their studies and demonstrate to them that they are coveted, lifelong members of the Bronco family. With the help of our donors, we can ensure that great potential is not left unrealized because of an inability to bear the cost of a university education.
Our donors understand that a single gift can make an extraordinary difference. In this season of giving, their generosity is an inspiration to us all.
Laura C. Simic is vice president for advancement at Boise State University.