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Hometown Challenge

Earn a $1,000 scholarship for fall 2021 by completing a Hometown Challenge project. Create a project addressing a need in your community, or join an available project. Scroll down to learn more.

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Hometown Challenge

Invest in yourself this summer and move your education forward, gain professional experience, build skills and grow your network – all while contributing to your local community. By completing the Hometown Challenge you will receive a $1000 scholarship for the fall 2021 semester.


Create a Project

Develop a project that address a specific challenge or issue within your local community that can be completed over eight summer weeks (June 7 – August 13). A successful Hometown Challenge project connects to your field of study and/or your Boise State experience. It should include opportunities to develop skills in some of the following areas:
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Problem Solving
  • Leadership
  • Global/Intercultural fluency

Join an Available Project

Alternatively, if you are unable or unsure of a project to create, consider joining one our existing project opportunities. The eligibility and requirements are the same; simply let us know which project you are applying to on the application. See the currently available projects here.


Who is eligible for the Hometown Challenge?

Boise State students returning for the 2021 fall semester at least part time (6 credits) are encouraged to apply. Applicants living in rural Idaho will be given priority.


How does a student successfully complete the Hometown Challenge?

You will spend approximately 80 hours spread over 8 weeks that include:
  • FOUR remote one-hour classes with Career Services staff that will incorporate guidance on how to get the most out of the experience, reflective prompts and collective sharing, and an end of project “debriefing” session
  • Completion of Pathway U, a self-guided career assessment, followed by an appointment with a Career Counselor
  • Completion of ONE of the following:
    • Career Plan
    • Mock Interview
    • Informational interview
  • A final 3-5 minute video that highlights the outcomes of your project and what you learned


What is the timeline?

  • Applications are open from Feb 18 – May 21
  • Projects must be completed by August 14th
  • Remote “check in” meetings will be held online for an hour during the weeks of:
    • June 7th
    • June 28th
    • July 26th
    • August 9th

Completed Projects

Check out a few of the summer 2020 Hometown Challenge projects for inspiration.

For more inspiration, check out this summer 2020 Hometown Challenge video on the Marianas Generational Scholars project.

Questions? Contact Career Services at or (208) 426-1747.

Apply to the Hometown Challenge Now