As we enter the final days of the Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Opportunities scholarship campaign, we’re seeing every day how your gifts toward student scholarships are making a significant impact in the lives of so many here at Boise State. We’ll be tallying up final numbers soon, and will share with you more details once the campaign has concluded on June 30. Know that you’ve helped our student’s academic dreams become a reality.
Scholarships, whether merit- or need-based, allow students to explore future opportunities to their fullest potential, often unhindered by financial uncertainty. Your support closes the gap for those students who may otherwise not be able to attend college and ensures that great potential is not left unrealized because of an inability to bear the cost of a university education.
Take, for example, scholarship recipient and recent graduate Riley Hunt. Riley, who was recognized as a Top Ten Scholar this spring, graduated with a bachelor of science in material science degree. Scholarship support provided Riley with the opportunities on campus to pursue activities well beyond the classroom, benefiting her college experience.
“The academic, professional, and personal opportunities I have been able to participate in due to the generosity of others has pushed me to give back to others,” she said. “With the knowledge and experience I have gained at Boise State, I intend to pursue a career in textile engineering where my goal is to create sustainable fabrics for use in all aspects of daily life. I hope that through this work, I can be a support for people around the world and aid in conservation efforts.”
Riley plans to continue her education, pursuing a master of science in textile engineering to with hopes to work in the sportswear industry creating sustainable athletic and outdoor clothing. She was the recipient of the Thelma and Dean Brown Honor Scholarship as well as the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation Scholarship.
Many of our scholarships draw the nation’s best and brightest students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Top student scholars, including our student-athletes, are attracted to Boise State by scholarships and research opportunities.
Benjamin Dudek, a third-year graduate student studying raptor biology, is the recipient of the Richard Olendor Idaho Chapter of Wildlife Society Scholarship. Benjamin, who comes to Boise State from Sharon, Conn., says his research here while earning his degree provides him the opportunity to study how disease and ectoparasites affect golden eagle nestling survival in southwestern Idaho.
“My research will provide data for land managers in southern Idaho to help successfully monitor and manage golden eagle populations,” Benjamin said. “I hope my work will contribute to monitoring and management plans used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as well as the Bureau of Land Management. After graduation, I plan to use the skills I acquired at Boise State to work for a federal agency monitoring wildlife populations.”
Riley and Benjamin are just a few of the top-flight students who have been impacted by your support of the Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Opportunities scholarship campaign. Today at Boise State, 78 percent of full-time undergraduate students from in-state receive some form of financial aid, while 87 percent of out-of-state students receive financial aid. Scholarships from philanthropic gifts have made it possible for us to provide additional resources to help these deserving students succeed.
Scholarships will remain an important need even after this campaign is over. There’s still time left to be part of this extraordinary moment in Boise State history when alumni and donors surpassed expectations to ensure the next generations of Broncos will be able to pursue their academic dreams.
Thank you for your support!
Laura C. Simic is vice president for advancement at Boise State University.