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Frank Church Institute congratulates Frank Church scholars

Seven students have received scholarships from the Frank Church Institute for the 2021-22 school year. The scholarships are available to degree-seeking Boise State students. Priority is given to School of Public Service students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who have demonstrated potential for public service. The scholarships range from $1,500 to $4,000.

The seven students who received scholarships this year shared what it will mean for their studies:

Kevin Alvarez, ’23. Major: political science

“This scholarship means that my journey towards a Ph.D has been made a little easier. Every bit helps. Being awarded this scholarship lets me know that there are people out there rooting for me. Sometimes, that is all you need to get through a tough patch. Knowing that there are people backing you on your journey is great. Thank you again. This means a lot.”

Cooper Conway, ’22. Major: political science

“To say the investment into my education from the Frank Church Institute is appreciated would be an understatement. Their generosity makes a profound impact on my life as I attempt to accomplish my education and career goals. Their financial support allows me to continue pursuing my degree and opens up the option of potentially going to graduate school. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity, and I wish to represent their investment in me well moving forward.”

Natalia Cruces, ’22. Major: political science with minor in criminal justice

“I am extremely grateful to be receiving this scholarship. As I move forward towards my senior year, in hopes of attending law school after graduation, this scholarship allows me the ability to not inly continue my education but to also pay for LSAT materials that I could not afford before. The biggest barrier to my education has been financial stress and this scholarship helps relieve that stressor. Thank you so much.”

Taite Griffin, ’22. Major: political science with an emphasis on international relations and comparative politics

“With the generous award given by the Frank Church Institute, I am allowed to continue pursuing my degree in political science with an international relations and comparative politics emphasis at Boise State University. This award will also allow me the ability to pursue various public service opportunities without having to constantly worry about if I’ll be able to afford my education.”

Grace Hall, ’22. Major: interdisciplinary studies with Arabic and political science minors

“Throughout my educational career, I have wanted to become fluent in Arabic, learn about Middle Eastern cultures, and pursue a career in diplomacy. With this scholarship from the Frank Church Institute, I will be able to pursue these goals by funding my semester abroad in Morocco during my last year of college. While abroad, I plan on submerging myself in an authentic Moroccan experience and taking classes that are not available at Boise State, such as higher-level Arabic courses and Middle Eastern-focused political science courses. This will result in an enriching experience that will help me to pursue my long-term career goals in the Middle East.”

Reese Richmond, ’22. Major: political science with an emphasis on American government and public policy

“It’s such an honor to receive this scholarship.Through my experience in public service, I’ve learned so much about myself and what I want to do in my future. Receiving this scholarship is a reminder that I’m on the right track. I can’t wait to further my knowledge and experience in the public service sector. One day I hope to be working in a State capital and eventually work in government affairs.”

Brittany Winkler, ’22. Major: political science with an emphasis on American government

“Receiving the Frank Church scholarship will be instrumental in my success. It will provide me the means to continue and further my pathway to becoming a political analyst. Boise State University’s generous funding encourages me to uphold a high personal level for academic achievement. The scholarship will assist me in furthering my education and pursuing a career in policy and politics.”