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School of Public Service Receives ‘Hero’ Funds from AT&T

Award ceremony
Left to right: Tara Thue (AT&T), Cadet AJ Counter, Cadet Todd Hall, LTC John Hawbaker

COLLEGE NEWS RELEASE / February 26, 2019


Boise State University’s School of Public Service was awarded $18,500 in scholarship funds today from the AT&T Public Safety Hero Scholarship Fund to support two Boise State students pursuing studies in military science.

The Military Sciences program in Boise State’s School of Public Services trains young men and women to serve their community and country as leaders. After enrolling in this program, students pursue a traditional college education but graduate as United States Army officers. Many choose careers in the military services and go on to serve the U.S. at home and abroad.

Lieutenant Colonel John Hawbaker, professor of military sciences in the School of Public Service, was present today to accept AT&T’s generous donation. Hawbaker noted that the contribution would benefit the education of two students in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program.

“In the School of Public Service, we see a lot of young leaders who aspire to serve their community and country,” Hawbaker said. “These students go on to shape the future of our country and make our communities safer, more enjoyable places to live. Support like this contribution from AT&T creates additional opportunities for students to pursue their professional goals and attain them.”

Students, university officials, local and state leadership, and dignitaries in the military community gathered on campus to recognize the scholarship recipients, A.J. Counter and Todd Hall, both Boise State ROTC members. “I have always wanted to be a commissioned officer in the Army,” Counter said. “I have had a dream and passion to be a pilot and to lead soldiers.”

AT&T has a long-standing commitment to supporting academic programs that further public safety efforts,” said Tara Thue, president of AT&T-Idaho. “As the state of Idaho grows, so grows the need for public safety. As such, it is AT&T’s privilege to partner with Boise State in offering opportunities to students pursuing careers dedicated to helping to meet that need and keep our communities safe.”


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About Boise State University School of Public Service

The School of Public Service prepares students, public servants, and leaders to think both regionally and globally in an interdependent world. As such, it serves as a centralized resource for policy makers—to assist them in making informed decisions—and for faculty and students to actively connect and engage with the community and participate in policy decisions. The bridging of disciplines across the university and the larger community enhances the education of students, allowing them to apply their knowledge and skills to the critical challenges facing the public, private and non-profit sectors.

About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T

AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. The company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $450 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.

About Boise State University

A public metropolitan research university with more than 25,000 students, Boise State is proud to be powered by creativity and innovation. Located in Idaho’s capital city, the university has a growing research agenda and plays a crucial role in the region’s knowledge economy and famed quality of life. In the past 10 years, the university has quadrupled the number of doctoral degrees, doubled its master’s degrees and now offers 13 online degree programs. Learn more at