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The Frank Church Institute Congratulates Five New Frank Church Scholars for 2022-2023

2022-2023 Frank Church Scholars

  • Lia Harelson Headshot

    Lia Harelson

    With the generous scholarship from the Frank Church Institute, I am able to continue my education as a Global Studies and Spanish major at Boise State University. This funding will assist me in studying abroad in Montevideo, Uruguay where I can improve my Spanish learning as well as increase my intercultural competency. I am looking forward to continuing my education and pursuing a career within the realm of public service.

    With the generous scholarship from the Frank Church Institute, I am able to continue my education as a Global Studies and Spanish major at Boise State University. This funding will assist me in studying abroad in Montevideo, Uruguay where I can improve my Spanish learning as well as increase my intercultural competency. I am looking forward to continuing my education and pursuing a career within the realm of public service.

  • Samantha Mulvihill Headshot

    Samantha Mulvihill

    Throughout my educational career, I have wanted to learn about US international relations, explore other parts of the world, and pursue a career in national security. By studying Political Science at Boise State University, I have taken advantage of the phenomenal faculty with expertise in international relations and comparative politics. The Frank Church Institute’s support of my education will help me spend my senior year interning in Washington DC surrounding foreign policy, studying abroad, and taking my last few political science classes. I am grateful for the opportunity that the institute has provided me and hope to use this opportunity to move forward with my goals. Thank you very much.

    Throughout my educational career, I have wanted to learn about US international relations, explore other parts of the world, and pursue a career in national security. By studying Political Science at Boise State University, I have taken advantage of the phenomenal faculty with expertise in international relations and comparative politics. The Frank Church Institute’s support of my education will help me spend my senior year interning in Washington DC surrounding foreign policy, studying abroad, and taking my last few political science classes. I am grateful for the opportunity that the institute has provided me and hope to use this opportunity to move forward with my goals. Thank you very much.

  • Ivy Smith Headshot

    Ivy Smith

    Thank you to the Frank Church institute for investing in me, and my future in public service. During my studies in the Masters of Public Administration Program, I’ve had the extreme pleasure of working in the City of Boise Mayor’s Office. It’s been so incredible to experience how seamlessly my career and courses blend together to not only further my professional career but deepen my passion for learning. As I head into my final year in my program, I feel confident that my education has equipped me with the tools and skills I need to make a real impact in my community and beyond. I can’t think of a better way to finish off my educational career than being selected as a Frank Church Scholar! Thank you!

    Thank you to the Frank Church institute for investing in me, and my future in public service. During my studies in the Masters of Public Administration Program, I’ve had the extreme pleasure of working in the City of Boise Mayor’s Office. It’s been so incredible to experience how seamlessly my career and courses blend together to not only further my professional career but deepen my passion for learning. As I head into my final year in my program, I feel confident that my education has equipped me with the tools and skills I need to make a real impact in my community and beyond. I can’t think of a better way to finish off my educational career than being selected as a Frank Church Scholar! Thank you!

  • madeline patterson

    Madeline Patterson

    I am extremely honored to be a recipient of the Frank Church Scholarship. I have always valued education, and am beyond appreciative of the support the Frank Church Institute provides to students like myself. I am excited to continue my degree in Political Science, Social Science, and Secondary Education with plans to become a high school government teacher and emphasize civic engagement’s importance. With the support of this scholarship, I will continue to pursue opportunities in the Boise community that will enrich my government understanding, which enriches my future classroom.

    I am extremely honored to be a recipient of the Frank Church Scholarship. I have always valued education, and am beyond appreciative of the support the Frank Church Institute provides to students like myself. I am excited to continue my degree in Political Science, Social Science, and Secondary Education with plans to become a high school government teacher and emphasize civic engagement’s importance. With the support of this scholarship, I will continue to pursue opportunities in the Boise community that will enrich my government understanding, which enriches my future classroom.

  • liam carter

    Liam Carter

    Project Hope Scholarship Recipient

    I’m so honored to receive this scholarship from the Frank Church Institute! With this scholarship, I will be able to travel to Palestine and teach with a local nonprofit in Nablus. Studying Global Studies and Arabic, I am so thrilled to have this opportunity to create real change pertaining to my degree and improve my Arabic while abroad.

    I’m so honored to receive this scholarship from the Frank Church Institute! With this scholarship, I will be able to travel to Palestine and teach with a local nonprofit in Nablus. Studying Global Studies and Arabic, I am so thrilled to have this opportunity to create real change pertaining to my degree and improve my Arabic while abroad.

2021-2022 Frank Church Scholars

  • Kevin Alvarez

    Kevin Alvarez

    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.

    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

    Cooper Conway

    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

    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

    Natalia Cruces

    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

    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

    Taite Griffin

    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.

    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

    Grace Hall

    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.

    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

    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!

    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

    Brittany Winkler

    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.

    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.

Frank Church Scholars

The Frank Church Public Service Scholarship and Internship are open to degree-seeking Boise State University students, Priority will be given to School of Public Service students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and with a demonstrated potential for public service.

Awards may be for scholarships on campus, in Washington, D.C. or abroad. Applicants should first apply on-line at Boise State Financial Services. For more information, please contact GarryWenske@boisestate.edu.

Pictured: Dzenita Spiodic. Dzenita used her Frank Church Public Service Scholarship and Internship to work with refugees in Palestine last year with Project Hope.

Ways to Give

“For more than 30 years, the Frank Church Institute has provided a valuable service to Boise State faculty and students, the Boise community and the state of Idaho by sponsoring the annual Frank Church Conference. Contributions to the Institute will ensure the continuation of this popular annual event, as well as create additional learning opportunities and enhance the quality of public affairs offerings at Boise State.”

  • Boise State President Emeritus Bob Kustra

Give online at the Boise State Foundation website