Boise State Scholarship Opportunities

All students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Visit the Boise State Financial Aid & Scholarships website for additional information on all scholarship opportunities.

Feature Scholarships for Adult Students

Idaho Opportunity Scholarship for Adult Learners

Recognizing the need for a well-educated workforce, the state of Idaho established the Opportunity Scholarship to remove barriers to higher education and prepare college/university graduates to enter the workforce. The scholarship funds are available per school year; recipients must re-apply each year and are eligible to receive the scholarship for a maximum of four years.

Annual individual awards are up to $3,500 per year.

To be considered for the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship for Adult Learners a student must:

Osher Reentry Scholarship

Scholarships have been awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year. Please check back in January, 2020 for the 2020-2021 criteria and deadlines.

Thanks to the generosity and vision of the Bernard Osher Foundation, $50,000 in scholarships are available for reentry students during the 2019-20 academic year.

Annual individual awards are up to $1,250 for part-time students and $2,500 for full-time students.

To be considered for an Osher Reentry Scholarship a student must:

      • Be admitted as a degree-seeking undergraduate at Boise State University.
      • Be a reentry student, typically between the ages 25 to 50, who experienced a 5-year cumulative gap in his or her college studies. (The gap does not have to include 5 consecutive years away from school, but 5 total years.)
      • Enroll primarily in face-to-face courses.
      • Have a 3.0 cumulative college GPA.
      • Plan to participate in the workforce for a significant period of time after graduation.
      • Demonstrate financial need.
      • Complete the online Boise State Scholarship Application and respond to the Osher Reentry Scholarship supplemental questions within the application.

The Osher Reentry Scholarship deadline has passed. For the 2020-2021 deadline and application criteria, please check back in January, 2020.

Crankstart Reentry Scholarship

Scholarships have been awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year. Please check back in January, 2020 for the 2020-2021 criteria and deadlines.

Thanks to the generosity of the Crankstart Foundation, $50,000 in scholarships are available for reentry students during the 2019-20 academic year.

Annual individual awards are up to $5,000 for full-time or part-time students.

To be considered for a Crankstart Reentry Scholarship a student must:

      • Be admitted as a degree-seeking undergraduate at Boise State University.
      • Be a reentry student, typically between the ages 25 to 50, who experienced a 5-year cumulative gap in his or her college studies. (The gap does not have to include 5 consecutive years away from school, but 5 total years.)
      • Enroll primarily in face-to-face courses.
      • Demonstrate financial need.
      • Complete the online Boise State Scholarship Application and respond to the Crankstart Reentry Scholarship supplemental questions within the application.

      Final selection is competitive. Preference is given to entering students. The scholarship is not renewable; however, students who are awarded the scholarship may reapply each academic year.

      The Crankstart Reentry Scholarship deadline has passed. For the 2020-2021 deadline and application criteria, please check back in January, 2020.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

To apply for additional Boise State scholarships:

  • Complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Log in to the online Boise State Scholarship Application
      • Sign in using your Boise State username and password. If you are having problems signing in with your Boise State username, please contact the Help Desk or call (208) 426-4357.
      • If this will be your first time logging into the Boise State Scholarship Application, you will need to answer all questions in the General Application first.
      • Once you complete the General Application, you will be matched with scholarships for which you immediately qualify.
      • To see a list of scholarships that may need additional action on your part to receive consideration (such as the featured scholarships below), select “Recommended” under “Opportunities.” If you qualify, you will be auto-matched to these opportunities.

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