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From the Vice President

A True Blue Promise to Idaho Students

Idaho’s college bound high-performers may have another good reason to stay in their home state and become Boise State University Broncos.

This week Boise State announced a new financial aid package — the biggest in Boise State’s history: the True Blue Promise scholarship, designed for Idaho residents applying as freshmen entering college. This is very exciting news for incoming students, alumni and donors.

It’s especially great news for Idaho’s college bound high-school seniors who, although they’ve worked hard to show a strong academic performance, would not be able to attend college without financial support. The True Blue Promise scholarship provides Pell grant-eligible students with four years of scholarship support — $2,000 a year for four years. Combined with a Pell grant, the True Blue Promise scholarship could cover the full cost of tuition.

The “True Blue Promise” as a name says it all for these students who are ready to make their college dreams a reality. It says they can worry less about how to pay for college, get more involved in student life and take full advantage of their educational opportunities at Boise State, and they’re more likely to graduate on time.

College affordability is a concern for many Idahoans. President Bob Kustra said at the announcement of the new scholarship, that it is” aimed at opening doors to higher education for Idaho students who want to attend Boise State University.”

Proud alumni and friends of Boise State often say that they “bleed blue.” What better way to demonstrate pride and commitment than to give to The True Blue Promise Scholarship fund?

Scholarships remain the university’s highest philanthropic priority. Donors can make a powerful and immediate impact on academically strong Idaho students who demonstrate both financial need and merit. There are three ways donors can support the True Blue Promise scholarships:

  • Donors can endow a named True Blue Promise scholarship with a gift of $52,500 (with an option to pay this over a five-year pledge). Incentive funds are available so the scholarship can be made available immediately.
  • Donors can make a four-year commitment of $2,125 annually totaling $8,500, and a donor-named scholarship will be immediately disbursed to a talented Idaho high school student who meets the True Blue criteria.
  • Donors can make gifts of any size to the True Blue Promise Fund from which annual awards will be made.

The True Blue Promise scholarships will help Idaho students go on to college, and meet the State’s higher education goals. Please contact our development officers with any questions you may have, or visit


Laura C. Simic is vice president for advancement at Boise State University.

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