Professor Endows Foster Youth Scholarship
When most people get a raise or find themselves with a little extra cash, they typically celebrate with a nice meal on the town or a luxury upgrade – say, trading in an old clunker for a slightly newer clunker (with moon roof!). But when biology professor and Vice Provost for Academic Planning Jim Munger found himself in that position earlier this year, he decided to do something a little different: help fund foster kids who want to earn an undergraduate degree at Boise State.
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Building a Springboard for Physics Students
Chris Honcik (BS Chemistry, 1983) and his wife, Thy, have established the half-tuition Honcik Physics Scholarship, an endowed fund that grew from the first gift Chris made when he graduated from Boise State in 1983. After graduation, as his income grew, Chris challenged himself to give a little more than the year before.
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Blue, Orange and You—Pay it Forward
Lisa DeRosier has worked at Boise State for six years, and is currently an administrative assistant in the College of Education. She encourages other staff and faculty at Boise State to give. The Blue, Orange and You! spotlighted Lisa, for her continued support of Boise State Students.
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The Portrait of a Philanthropist as a Young Man
As a young boy, Jim Atkinson Jr. (BBA, accountancy, ’95) didn’t think of himself as a particularly important person. He was a pretty good athlete and teammate, and a good student with a mind for math. He loved numbers and dreamed of someday flying helicopters and becoming a fighter pilot. It was the 1980s in Middleton, Idaho and as six children Atkinson knew things were tight for his family.
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Just two years after he graduated, alumnus Chuck Hallett, (B.B.A., accountancy, 1977) made his first philanthropic contribution to Boise State. It was just a $10 gift—but its impact on the long-term success of countless Boise State students is profound.
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John Foudy, Lucas Buchanan, Michael Farley, Vijay Gottumkkula and Dana Hutchison were eager to have extraordinary impact on the lives of Boise State students and honor their one-time professor, Claude Spinosa. One inspired moment spurred a creative way for all to give and make this dream a reality.
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As an undergraduate in engineering, scholarships were critical to the education of Jim Browning, professor of electrical and computer engineering. So, when he came to Boise State, he decided to do what he could to help address this great need among our students.
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