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Boise State FY22 Philanthropic Support Tops $56.5 Million

Contributions to Boise State University from alumni, friends and industry partners set new philanthropic records in the fiscal year 2022, which ended June 30. The university received $56.5 million in gifts, exceeding the previous year’s total by nearly $15 million.

“Boise State’s electrifying trajectory in research, graduation numbers, and service to our state—in economic impact and through our research and graduates—have been given rocket fuel by our generous partners in industry and through private philanthropy,” said Dr. Marlene Tromp, Boise State president. “Their support has been absolutely essential, and will help us take more giant leaps as we work together to advance Idaho.”

In all, 25,968 donors contributed to a range of university priorities, including endowed scholarships, faculty, research and Athletics.

“Together, with the support of our donors, volunteers, staff and leadership, we are building on a legacy almost a century in the making – to advance innovation and education through the power of philanthropy,” said Matthew Ewing, vice president of University Advancement. “The most remarkable measure is not only the record-breaking fundraising total but also the breadth of impact across the university. We continue to set a new standard of philanthropy and alumni engagement for Boise State.”

The ESI Building for Construction Management
The ESI Building for Construction Management will be Boise’s first “mass timber” structure. Mass timber uses technology to glue, nail, or dowel wood products together in layers to create structural panels, posts, and beams that are strong and environmentally friendly.


Meridian-based construction company ESI Construction made the lead gift of $2 million toward the construction of a new building for the College of Engineering’s Construction Management program. Many gifts to the project come from industry partners who joined in with support to help construct the 12,000-square-foot, multi-level building that will offer students expanded laboratory structures, state-of-the-art learning environments, a 45-seat computer and construction technology classroom, and new high-bay structures for enhanced exterior lab activities.

4,511 donors gifted $14.8 million to fund scholarships

During the 2021-22 academic year, donor-funded scholarships awarded totaled $12.5 million and were distributed to graduate and undergraduate students – including 59% of the first-year students. Those gifts and endowment earnings provided more than 2,900 scholarships to students, with over 78% going to Idaho residents. This support provides students with the resources to pay for tuition, fees, books, and even food, allowing them to focus on their studies and futures.

Enhancing the Fan Experience

Thanks to a $4.5 million gift from Melaleuca, a privately held health products manufacturer based in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Boise State Athletics plans to install the largest video board in the Mountain West in the south end zone of Albertsons Stadium. Melaleuca’s donation is the largest one-time facility gift in the history of Boise State Athletics. The state-of-the-art video board is slated to be 120 feet wide and 50 feet tall.

Saint Alphonsus Health System and Trinity Health increased its five-year commitment to $3 million

Saint Alphonsus Health System and the organization’s parent company Trinity Health increased its five-year commitment to $3 million through a special scholarship program. The unique program provides 104 College of Health Sciences students a total of $391,000 in scholarships, including 88 students studying nursing, social work, radiologic sciences, respiratory care, public health, pre-health professions, and genetic counseling for undergraduate and graduate students. Meet Shylenta Zimmerman of Nampa, Idaho, a radiologic sciences major who benefits from this scholarship support.


Shelly Culbertson (left) and her husband Adam Bradley (right)
Shelly Culbertson (left) and her husband Adam Bradley (right) are passionate about the environment and avian science, and have made an estate gift to Boise State University’s Intermountain Bird Observatory

Adam Bradley and Shelly Culbertson’s planned gift of $2 million will benefit the Boise State Intermountain Bird Observatory’s (IBO) operations and research. This gift will create an endowment that will provide about $100,000 per year for avian science. The IBO is a world-renowned avian science learning center and research hub with multiple research stations across the Intermountain West.

Meet Adam Bradley and Shelly Culbertson

Donors from 42 states made 2,130 gifts totaling $491,846 during Boise State’s fourth-annual Bronco Giving Day.

​​Alumni and friends of Boise State from across the country and as far away as Asia, Europe and the Middle East joined in the effort, supporting numerous student and faculty initiatives and programs across the university. Since its inception in 2017, Bronco Giving Day’s donor support has totaled more than $1.6 million.

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