In the fall 2022 semester, Idaho State University College of Education awarded each undergraduate and graduate student a scholarship to help cover the cost of their education.
Funding ranged from $500 per semester to a full four-year scholarship for students. This funding has been awarded to students in the College of Education studying in the departments of Teaching and Educational Studies, Human Performance and Athletic Studies, School Psychology and Instructional Leadership, and Organizational Learning and performance. A total of 621 students accepted their scholarships totaling half a million dollars.
“Making college education affordable and accessible for students is our top priority,” said College of Education Dean Jean McGivney-Burelle. “Graduating from college opens doors and changes the lives of students and their families for the better. We couldn’t think of a better way to use our earnings from Albion than by giving back and investing in our students.
There was no formal application process to receive the scholarships. Students were only asked to provide a testimonial letter explaining how this scholarship will help them achieve their educational or professional goals. One student wrote, “As the sole caregiver for my two children, this will not only change my life, but theirs as well. I’m proud to be the first in my family to work towards a college degree.
Under this scholarship program, 12 freshmen who demonstrated need and were enrolled in teacher education programs received the Teachers for Tomorrow scholarship, which covered full tuition and fees. These full scholarships are renewable for four years as long as students continue to meet the eligibility criteria. Teachers for Tomorrow aims to prepare diverse, high-quality graduates to enter the teaching profession with the goal of alleviating the statewide teacher shortage.
In addition, more than 40 paraprofessionals in the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District enrolled in the Paraprofessional Certified Teacher (PaCT) program have received full scholarships to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree and teaching certification. 257 graduate students and 314 undergraduate students also received the $500 Inspire for Higher Scholarship.