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Benny’s Pantry

Benny’s Pantry is a food pantry on ISU’s campus available for ISU faculty, staff and students. We believe that by alleviating food insecurity where it may exist, we empower our student community to focus on learning and discovery, thereby removing a significant barrier to persistence.

Bengal Meal Share

The Bengal Meal Share program is an initiative that supports students who are experiencing food insecurity. Through this program, students are allowed to donate up to 10 meals per academic year from their meal plan to students in need. This helps ensure that their fellow Bengal classmates have access to nutritious meals each day so they can stay focused on their studies and success. 

Dean of Students Emergency Fund


This fund was created to assist and support Idaho State University students who encounter a one-time, unforeseen financial emergency that would prevent them from continuing their education here. The Office of the Dean of Students awards and distributes approved funds.

The Emergency Fund is not intended to be used for routine/monthly expenses OR for tuition and fees. Students are expected to develop budgets to plan for items that they should anticipate as part of the student experience (credit card bills, rent, tuition, fees, etc.). These items are not considered unexpected or unforeseen.

Funds will only be awarded once during a student’s academic career at ISU and up to (but not to exceed) $350. Emergency Funds do not require repayment but are considered taxable income and may impact future financial aid packages.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be enrolled full-time as an Idaho State University undergraduate (12+ credits) or graduate (9+ credits) student in a degree-granting program.
  • Must be enrolled for the semester in which funds are being requested.
  • Must have a current minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  • Students must be in good standing with Idaho State University.


Please click on the link below and follow the instructions, providing as much detail as possible. Contact the Dean of Students Office at (208) 282-2794 or visit our office located in the Student Union, Hypostyle, Room #204, if you have any questions or need help with the application.

Applications are reviewed by a Dean of Student staff member to verify eligibility requirements are met.  Final decisions are based on the totality of the situation including but not limited to: number of applications received, amount of funding available, impact of the request on the students ability to continue attending, time of year/semester of the request, availability of alternative solutions, etc

Once students submit their application, they should generally expect to hear from a representative of the Dean of Students Office within 48 business hours (excluding breaks/holidays), updating them as to where their application is in the review process.


Idaho State University Emergency Scholarship 

The ISU Emergency Scholarship, funded by the Idaho Community Foundation, can be awarded to US Citizens who are in their final year to graduate from their undergraduate degree program. The Emergency Scholarship provides assistance for qualified ISU students who, due to legitimate emergency situations, are in danger of withdrawing from the University. Emergency Scholarships are to help address short-term financial crises. Poor financial choices do not constitute an emergency (e.g. credit card debt, poor use of financial aid funding, loans to friends or family, etc.).This scholarship is not intended to cover tuition and fees or to supplement a student’s financial aid package.

Emergency Scholarships will not be considered in the Summer Semester.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be an undergraduate (seeking first degree) currently enrolled at Idaho State University.
  • Must be in the final year to graduate from an undergraduate degree program. 
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (possess a green card).
  • Must have applied for Financial Aid and exhausted all loan, grants and scholarship funds available for that particular semester.
  • Must be in good academic standing at ISU and meeting all Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. If you have concerns about the details of your financial aid package, please contact the Financial Aid Office directly : Financial Aid/Scholarships
  • Scholarships are awarded for extenuating circumstances only. The scholarship does not cover tuition and fees. The student can receive emergency funds for the fall or spring for the semester the student has experienced an unexpected emergency.
  • Eligible students must submit an ISU Emergency Scholarship application. This application will be reviewed by the Dean of Students Office and applicants will be required to meet with the appropriate staff member before a recommendation will be made to the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office. 

Emergency Scholarship Application