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Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, Boise State University has concluded its Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Opportunities scholarship campaign with gifts and pledges totaling more than $52 million, more than doubling the campaign’s original goal.

The four-and- a-half- year campaign was central to Boise State’s mission of providing affordable education to talented and committed students, easing the financial burden of the costs of earning an academic degree.

“Scholarships ensure that students from around Idaho and beyond have access to the high-quality education we provide at Boise State,” President Bob Kustra said. “Our scholarship students today are more engaged, more thoughtful and more passionate than ever before. They understand the value of a college education, and they work hard to get everything possible from it.”

Since the beginning of the campaign, nearly 18,000 donors provided gifts and pledges, resulting in a 34 percent increase in funds available to be awarded to students from privately funded scholarships in fall 2017. Gifts contributed toward the campaign include immediate-use funds, as well as scholarship endowment, providing investments for future scholarship growth and support.

“We are grateful to Boise State donors who overwhelmingly recognized the powerful impact scholarships have on the lives of our students. Every gift is important. Each one made a difference and helped to take this campaign over the top,” said Vice President of University Advancement Laura Simic.

About three-quarters of the nearly 24,000 Boise State students rely on some form of financial aid during their academic careers.

“Scholarships help motivate students in their studies, allow them time to focus on academics and demonstrate to them that they are coveted, lifelong members of the Bronco family. This investment ensures that great potential is not left unrealized because of an inability to bear the cost of a university education,” Simic said.