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Scholarship Information for New Incoming Freshman

A New Incoming (first-time) Freshman is a student who has never attended another Institution of Higher Education after high school.

Automatic Scholarships

As a new Incoming (first-time) freshman, you will be considered for the many scholarships that ISU has to offer as long as all required documents are received (or postmarked) by February 15 for fall start, or November 1 for spring start.

Your application for admission" to the university serves as your "scholarship application" for these scholarships.

New Incoming (first-time) freshman who were home schooled or received their GED in the state of Idaho will be reviewed separately for freshman scholarships as long as you are fully admitted by the deadlines above and have an ACT or SAT score on record.

Required Documents:

The following admissions documents must be received by the ISU Admissions Office (or postmarked by)  February 15 (Fall start), or November 1 (Spring start) to be considered for automatic scholarships:

  1. Completed Application for Admission, including a paid application fee
  2. Official high school transcripts (6 to 7 semester transcript will be sufficient for scholarship consideration)
    • Students will need to have a final transcript sent to the Admissions Office upon High School graduation for completion of the admissions process
  3. ACT or SAT scores required for home schooled students from non accredited highschools and GED students.

Idaho Resident Awards

New Incoming First Time Idaho Residents and Graduates of Idaho High School (or equivalent) are eligible for merit awards, as listed on the Idaho Resident Awarding Index. SEE ABOVE FOR REQUIRED DEADLINES ETC.

Idaho Resident Awarding Index

You must be an Idaho Resident and Graduate of Idaho High School (or equivalent) to be eligible for these awards.

Students receiving a Tier 2-4 award will often receive their funds through the Kasiska Health Science Scholarship; Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation Scholarship; or other available donor funding depending on a students incoming "major", GPA;  and available funding.  Students will be notified through the scholarship office of the award in which they received.  Further instructions will be provided at this time.

Contact the scholarship office with questions about eligibility.

New Incoming First Time Non-Idaho Residents

Please refer to the Non-Resident Waivers and Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE).


Need-based awards

Some scholarship awarding is based on demonstrated financial need. To be considered for any need-based awards, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the appropriate year.

We encourage students to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible.

If you need assistance with the, please contact the ISU Financial Aid Office at (208) 282-2756.


Additional Scholarships

There may be additional scholarships for incoming freshmen which require a separate application. For more information, visit the Bengal Online Scholarship System (BOSS).

No Log-in Access to BOSS?

For High School Counselors or others who would like to view a list of available scholarship opportunities but do not have BOSS log-in capabilities, please view our list of scholarship opportunities.