Despite significant uncertainty and global economic disruptions, Boise State University donors increased their support of the university by more than $7.6 million during fiscal year 2021, giving $41.8 million in philanthropic support this year. The increase is the result of more than 83,000 gifts from 24,500 individual, corporate and foundation donors.
“We are grateful for the investments our donors have made in the incredible work and impact of Boise State this year, and we truly appreciate their resounding support of higher education,” said Boise State President Marlene Tromp. “Our students are truly our future. Investing in Boise State helps enable them to share their talents with the world, and makes both them and our state more financially sound.”
Improving educational access and student success continue to be priorities for the university and many donors. Donors gave $8.6 million for immediate use and endowed scholarships to Boise State students this year, including $2.2 million in support of student-athletes. Nearly 63%, or 14,817 students, received some form of financial aid last year.
About 73% of Boise State students are Idaho residents, and nearly three-quarters of them rely on some form of financial aid. Boise State’s True Blue Promise Scholarship and the President’s True Blue Endowed Scholarship provide four-year scholarships for Idaho residents. Ensuring that great potential is not left unrealized because of an inability to bear the cost of a university education aligns with Boise State’s vision of access for students. Helping to recognize Idahoans’ great potential, the Kem Gardner family gifted $200,000 toward the True Blue Promise Scholarship.
“The success of Boise State’s fundraising efforts during the unprecedented pandemic year is attributed directly to our donors,” said Vice President for Advancement Matthew Ewing. “Boise State donors continue to make bold investments in our students, faculty and programs that directly impact lives by creating opportunities for innovation and success across the state and beyond.”