College Starts Road Scholars Scholarship Program for Southeast Idaho Students

Dean Kandi Turley-Ames has recognized a need to keep Idaho’s best and brightest high school students in the state to continue their education for years. In 2016, she developed the Road Scholars Scholarship program that celebrates Idaho’s students, their success and their future endeavors.

College Starts Road Scholars Scholarship Program for Southeast Idaho Students

Dean Kandi Turley-Ames has recognized a need to keep Idaho’s best and brightest high school students in the state to continue their education for years. In 2016, she developed the Road Scholars Scholarship program that celebrates Idaho’s students, their success and their future endeavors. To do this, Turley-Ames will travel to high schools in eastern Idaho during the spring, and present a scholarship to one or two students from each school. The program is designed to show students what ISU has to offer, and motivate them to pursue their education in Idaho.

To begin the Road Scholars process, a letter explaining the program and a submission form are sent to each high school principal in eastern Idaho. They are asked to submit three of their outstanding students who are interested in studying the humanities, arts or social and behavioral sciences. The principal will also tell us why Idaho State University is a good fit for the student and their goals. Each nominated student then writes a one-page essay that highlights their goals and career aspirations.

When presenting the scholarship, Turley-Ames tells the students the other awards they have received from ISU. These awards include ISU’s New Freshmen Scholarship and the Step Ahead Scholarship. The New Freshmen Scholarship gives Idaho residents and graduates of Idaho high schools merit awards based on their ACT/SAT scores and GPA. The Step Ahead Scholarship Program gives new incoming first-time Idaho residents $1,000 if they have taken college credits in high school.

To date, the College has given scholarships to two students at Marsh Valley High School, in McCammon, Idaho, and one student at Independence High School, in Blackfoot, Idaho. Visits are scheduled for five more schools before the end of May.

During ISU’s annual calling fundraiser, the foundation raised over $20,000 from donors to help support the Road Scholars program. The College’s goal is to sustain the program for four years, and continue to celebrate eastern Idaho’s talented students.

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