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Continuing a Family Legacy

Riley Hunt’s connection to Boise State began long before she was born.

Her mother, Jennifer, graduated in 1981 as a Top Ten Scholar with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She later earned her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. From this, a family legacy was born.

Riley grew up in a Bronco home. Her whole family proudly wore the blue and orange of her mother’s alma mater. And before long, her two older sisters were of college age and Boise State-bound. To Riley, Boise State was more than a college — it was family. So when it came time for her to choose a college, there was no other place she wanted to be.

And thanks to a scholarship, she is here at Boise State — her second home.

“Words cannot express how sincerely grateful I am. College has always been something I knew I needed to accomplish and something I knew would be done on my own. But now, I have been able to finance my higher education and experience all that I possibly can.”

Pairing two unlikely studies — materials science and engineering with visual arts — Riley finds that there is room for all of her passions at Boise State. She is able to fully engage in the Honors College by participating on intramural teams and weekly topical discussions in Driscoll Hall. Riley is a regular at campus lectures and community service projects and participates in an engineering research group.

Riley’s face lights up when speaking about her time at Boise State. Her excitement for her university is not easily matched. Except for when she talks about her future of designing sustainable products for an outdoor-related company.

It is very clear that she was meant to be here. The next to fulfill her family legacy — and her dream.