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Boise State Hometown Challenge

What is the Hometown Challenge?

Invest in yourself this summer in a way that will move your education forward, provide professional experience, build skills, and grow your network – all while adding value to your local community. We want you to combine your education and creativity to support your local community through our first ever summer Hometown Challenge.

Develop a project that addresses a specific challenge in your local community that can be completed between June 8 – August 14. For example, a project might focus on addressing hunger, affordable housing, public health, or youth development.


Applicants must be:

  • Returning Boise State students enrolled in 6 or more credits in fall 2020 (it’s not too late to register)
  • Able to commit 80 hours of time between June 8 – August 14


Your project should:

  • Address a specific challenge in your local community
  • Relate to your field of study and/or your experiences at Boise State
  • Develop professional skills such as:
  • Teamwork/Collaboration – effectively working with diverse populations, negotiating and managing additional people (i.e. volunteers)
  • Problem Solving – using knowledge, facts, and data to make decisions and address your problem
  • Leadership – using interpersonal skills to maximize the strengths of others in achieving a common goal
  • Intercultural fluency – recognizing how your hometown project connects to the larger issues, challenges, and obstacles of other communities


  • Project proposal via the application form
  • Four one hour, remote project check-in meetings with Career Services
  • Completion of PathwayU, a self-guided career assessment
  • Completion of our virtual workshop on resumes
  • An appointment with a career counselor

One of the following (instructions will be provided):

  • Career plan
  • Mock interview with Career Services
  • An informational interview with a community member related to your challenge
  • 3-5 minute video that highlights your summer project


  • Now – May 31: Applications accepted (due to limited funding, applying early is strongly advised)
    Application decisions will be communicated no later than June 5
  • June 8: begin the project
  • Remote project check-in meetings during the weeks of June 8th, June 29th, July 27th, and August 10th
  • August 14: video due

After you successfully complete all of the components of the Hometown Challenge, a $1,000 scholarship will be applied to your student account. You’ll have the full support of the Career Services team in this process!