College of Arts & Sciences Scholarships
Elsie M. Buck Altrusa Scholarship
The Elsie M. Buck Altrusa Scholarship was established in 1984 the Altrusa Club of Boise. The Altrusa Club of Boise was a service organization of executive and professional women. The organization existed from 1923 until 2002. Their mission was to serve their community while developing individual leadership skills and friendships.
Martha S. Reese Vocal Scholarship
The Martha Reese Vocal Scholarship was established in 1978 in honor of the late Martha Reese. Martha took voice lessons in Salt Lake City while growing up. Her daughter said that her mother had a beautiful voice. Martha was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, the Columbian and the Amicus clubs, and a Relief Society teacher for 15 years.
The Hatch Scholarship was established in 1977 by Ada Hatch at the death of her husband. The late Ada Hatch joined the staff of Boise State at its founding in 1932. She led the Humanities Division from 1941 until her retirement in 1967. She chaired the President’s Advisory Board for over fifteen years. Gentle, gracious, and compassionate are just a few of the words used to describe how she treated both students and colleagues. She was also aggressive in tackling the problems of strong teachers; she prepared and offered an accelerated course which was a forerunner of the Honors Program. Active intellectually and in the community, Ada Hatch combined kindness with decisiveness and common sense.
Annice Hattoon Edmundson Scholarship
The Annice Hattoon Edmundson Scholarship was established in 1991, by Eldon and Phyllis Edmundson. The scholarship was established to help students at Boise State University who are working towards t heir Music degree. The Edmundson’s know that juniors and seniors need to be encouraged financially in order for them to reach their potential; therefore they developed this scholarship with them in mind.
William E. & Anne M. Martin English & Engineering Scholarship
The William E. & Anne M. Martin English & Engineering Scholarship was established in 1995 by Carol A. Martin to honor her mother and in memory of her father. The scholarship is awarded to both the Department of English and the College of Engineering.
Sarah Minckler Biology Scholarship
The Sarah Minckler Biology Scholarship was established in 1998 in memory of the late Sarah Minckler. Sarah was a senior at Boise State majoring in biology when she passed. During her time at Boise state she spent three weeks in the Owyhee desert doing biology research work and spent two weeks in Rome, Italy, and Istanbul, Turkey with a Boise State Tour. She had a love for the outdoors including fishing and camping.
Alan & Anne Hausrath Math Scholarship
The Alan & Anne Hausrath Math Scholarship was established in 2001 by Alan and Anne Hausrath. The scholarship was designed to help a student who is working towards a Masters in math. Alan was a respected math professor at Boise State University and wanted to be an encouragement to the future students of math.
The Delight Obenchain Endowed Scholarship in Philosophy
The Delight Obenchain Endowed Scholarship for Philosophy was established in 2009 by Tony and Gayle Roark in honor of Tony’s grandmother, Delight Obenchain. As former chair of the BSU Philosophy Department, Tony wanted to provide scholarships for women who are under-represented in philosophy while also paying homage to his grandmother, who was a strong and positive influence in his life.
College of Business & Economics Scholarships
Zonta-Ilene Bartlett Hill Business Scholarship
The Zonta-Ilene Bartlett Hill Business Scholarship was established in 2001 by the former Zonta Club of Boise. The Zonta Club of Boise was a chapter of Zonta International, a service organization whose mission is to advance the status of women locally and world-wide. Ilene Bartlett-Hill is and was a pioneer for women in Idaho, being one of the first female executive CPAs hired by a major corporation in Idaho in the 1960′s. Ilene was also a member of the Zonta Club of Boise for many decades.
Kenneth M. & Linda R. Jantz Scholarship Endowment
The Kenneth M. & Linda R. Jantz Scholarship Endowment was established in 2001 by Kenneth and Linda Jantz. Both Kenneth and Linda are Boise State graduates and they wanted to help other COBE students to pursue their educational goals.
John & Joan Carley Business Scholarship
The John & Joan Carley Business Scholarship was established in 2006 by John and Joan Carley. John Carley began working at Albertson’s in 1950 as a 16-year-old ice cream dipper and retired 46 years later as its president and chief operating officer. After working as a store director in Albertson’s stores in Idaho, Montana, and Washington John quickly ascended the corporate ladder, serving in operating positions in Seattle and Southern California. He was elected to the board of directors in 1979 and named Albertson’s president in 1984. John has also been very active in civic affairs, he served as the director of St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, Director of the Idaho Power Company, Director of Western Association of Food Chains, Director of Boise Cascade Office Products Corporations, Director of MDI, and Advisor for the School Business at Boise State University.
R.G. Hemingway Financial Scholarship
The R.G. Hemingway Financial Scholarship was established in 1981 by a grant from the Robert G. Hemingway Private Foundation. The purpose of the grant is to provide scholarships in the School of Business, Department of Management and Finance, for women who are seeking careers in the banking industry. This generous action from the Robert G. Hemingway Private Foundation will provide recognition and significant encouragement for the purpose of attracting capable women to the banking field. Hemingway, who died in 1966, served as president of Idaho Bank and Trust and as president of the Utah-based Commercial Security Bank.
Bill R. McCracken Scholarship Fund
The Bill R. McCracken Scholarship Fund was established in 2004 by Bill R. McCracken, a graduate of Boise Junior College in 1969 and an Alumni Associate since 1982, for the purpose of establishing a scholarship to support a student in the College of Business and Economics with preference given to Native Americans and Minority students.
Hilda D. Elliott Endowed Accounting Scholarship
The Hilda D. Elliott Accounting Scholarship was established in 2007 by the late Hilda Elliott. Hilda and her husband Glenn started their business, Elliott Lumber, by hauling local farm produce in the summer and coal in the winter. Eventually they moved into lumber and never looked back as their company expanded. Eventually they opened their own lumber yard in Payette and then a second in Boise. Hilda became a proficient pilot and together she and Glenn owned three different aircraft over the years.
Hilda D. Elliott Business Management Scholarship
The Hilda D. Elliott Business Management Scholarship was established in 2007 by the late Hilda Elliott. Hilda and her husband Glenn started their business, Elliott Lumber, by hauling local farm produce in the summer and coal in the winter. Eventually they moved into lumber and never looked back as their company expanded. Eventually they opened their own lumber yard in Payette and then a second in Boise. Hilda became a proficient pilot and together she and Glenn owned three different aircraft over the years.
College of Education Scholarship
Roy and Beverly Grice Education Scholarship
The Roy and Beverly Grice Education Scholarship was established in 2010 by Roy and Beverly Grice. Roy and Beverly Grice both attended Boise State University. Roy received a BA in 1972 as a History major and Beverly received a BA in 1972 as an Elementary Education major. In 1982 Beverly then received an MA in Literacy/Reading. Beverly taught in elementary education for many years until her retirement. It is for this reason that the Grices decided to establish a scholarship for Education majors at Boise State. Roy and Beverly’s goal is for the selected students to have little or no educational financial debt upon graduation.
Annette Jeanine Ahrens Memorial Scholarship
The Annette Jeanine Ahrens Memorial Scholarship was established in 1990 by Steve and Pam Ahrens in memory of Steve’s daughter, Annette, who died in an automobile accident in May, 1989. Annette was a sophomore majoring in elementary education and art at Salisbury State University and had just achieved her first 4.0 GPA in the semester before her death. She was engaged to be married and planned to continue her studies at the University of Maryland in the fall. Annette was a talented painter and a gifted poet, both art forms in which she expressed her sensitivity and gentle nature. She had a natural knack with children, a mischievous and fun-loving spirit with their friends, and an easy-going confidence with adults. She had a mature “sense of self” about her and was devoid of false ego. She had wisdom beyond her years, enabling her to help her family and friends through some difficult times. She was wonderfully loving and was in turn loved more than words can express.
Richard and Adelia Simplot Scholarship
The Richard & Adelia Simplot Scholarship was established in 1977 to honor the late Richard Simplot and his wife Adelia. Richard was the eldest son of JR and Esther Simplot and an executive with the Simplot company. He was named to the Board of Directors in August 1970. Adelia and Richard met in 1953 and started their family at the same time they were starting their careers with the Simplot Company. When the couple moved to Boise in 1959 Adelia became involved in community organizations. She found a passion for community development and joined the board of directors of several institutions and worked to save historic landmarks in Boise, including much of what is now known as the Basque Block.
Bette R. Joy Teacher Scholarship
The Bette R. Joy Scholarship was established in 2010. Bette graduated from Boise State earning her teaching degree in Elementary Education and later her Masters Degree in Literacy. She worked in the Boise School District and later moved to Oregon where she was a volunteer in the reading program at elementary schools. This scholarship was created through Bette’s trust specifically for the benefit of mothers who are striving to become teachers but have little or no financial support.
College of Engineering Scholarships
Harry W. Morrison Engineering Scholarship
The Harry W. Morrison Engineering Scholarship was established October 25, 2010 to further the efforts and legacy of Harry W. Morrison who in his prime created one of the world’s largest construction companies. Like Mr. Morrison, students receiving this scholarship will be men and women that will use their knowledge to change their world.
Charles Van Vacter Construction Management & Engineering Scholarship
The Charles Van Vacter Construction Management & Engineering scholarship was established in 1990 by Dale Van Vacter Angers. She wanted the scholarship to help students in the Construction Management program.
Robert R. & Barbara Dargatz Endowed Engineering Scholarship
The Robert R and Barbara Dargatz Endowed Engineering Scholarship was established in 2004 by Robert and Barbara Dargatz. Barbara Dargatz was a business teacher for 17 years before she moved to Hailey to serve as principal for the Wood River Junior High School. After retirement she continued to supervise student teachers in the Wood River Valley schools.
Hutchison Computer Science Scholarship
The Hutchinson Computer Science Scholarship was established in 2007 by Vanessa Hutchinson. Mrs. Hutchinson generously established the Hutchison Computer Science Scholarship to support students seeking science degrees at Boise State. “I think BSU has a good program, and it’s an important field of study to support, particularly during a time when people think that computer science jobs are outsourced. In reality, there is an increased need and demand for computer science in Idaho and throughout the United States,” she says. “It’s a good career field, and it has been very good for me; I want young people to have the same opportunity that I did.”
Keynetics Inc. Computer Science Scholarship
The Keynetics Inc. Computer Science Scholarship was established in 2009 by Eileen Langan Barber to encourage and support students, particularly women, to pursue computer science degrees. Eileen co-founded Keynetics Inc., an Idaho based parent corporation of software companies providing elegant but simple solutions ranging from internet retailing, to fraud screening to protect customers during online transactions. Eileen believes strongly in the value of mentoring, and knows that young women need role models and money to support their education.
College of Health Sciences Scholarships
Clair and Zeta A. Vahey Nursing Scholarship
The Clair F. and Zita A. Vahey Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established in 1991 by Dr. JoAnn T. Vahey (Professor, Department of Nursing) and her family, John and Robert Vahey and Mary G. Vahey DeStephano, in honor of their parents to provide an opportunity for women to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Neither Clair nor Zita had the opportunity to attend college because of limited finances. Both, however, used every means possible to educate themselves as well as their children and to assist others to gain an education.
Mary Van Vacter Nursing Scholarship
The Mary VanVacter Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established in 1990 by her daughter, Dale VanVacter Angers, retired Major in the U.S. Army, to provide an opportunity for today’s women to pursue a career in nursing. Although Mary did not have the opportunity to pursue any formal nursing education, she did use every learning opportunity available to her so that she could care for the sick in her family and in the community.
Dr. Helen Beeman Altrusa Memorial Scholarship
The Dr. Helen Beeman Altrusa Memorial Scholarship was established in 1990 by the Altrusa Club in memory of the late Dr. Helen Beeman. Dr. Beeman was a pathologist at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. She was a pioneer in the field of nuclear diagnostic medicine and was a founder of Treasure Valley Laboratory, Inc., in Boise. Dr. Beeman was honored as an emeritus fellow of the College of American Pathologists. She retired from the practice of medicine in 1982, but continued to consult with Boise area attorneys in medically-related litigation. Dr. Beeman was a member of the Altrusa Club of Boise and served as its president from 1969 to 1971. In 1981, she received the Club’s Woman of Achievement Award. Dr. Beeman was also a supporter of numerous professional, community and political organizations.
Frances T. Wassler Pre-Med Scholarship
The Ronald Wassler Pre-Medicine Scholarship was established in 1995 by his mother, Frances Wassler, to honor Ronald’s memory. At Frances’s passing in 2004 the family requested a change in the name to honor Frances’ memory. Some of Frances’ most notable achievements include; raising four loving children, volunteering at the Elks and St. Alphonsus Hospitals, and in providing for educational and financial needs of students via scholarship programs at Bishop Kelly and Boise State University.
Harold W. Swartley Nursing Scholarship
The Harold W. Swartley Nursing Scholarship was established in 2008 by Harold Swartley to ensure that there would be scholarship awards for years to come. Harold’s first gift was in response to a Public Service Announcement, created by the Boise State Friends of Nursing, which suggested that everyone would need a nurse at some point in their lie. Harold took this to heart and began supporting education for nursing students at Boise State University.
College of Social Sciences & Public Affairs Scholarships
Marguerite Gottenberg History Scholarship
The Marguerite Gottenberg History Scholarship was established in 1984 in honor of the late Willis Gottenberg, when Marguerite passed away the scholarship was changed to honor her. Willis Gottenberg came to Boise Junior College in 1947 as an English, creative writing, and Spanish teacher. He was acting-president when BJC was granted four-year status. Marguerite Gottenberg taught history, English, and social sciences for years in a high school in North Dakota before she met Willis. Marguerite was a member of the Women’s Rotary, the auxiliary of St. Alphonsus Hospital, and the American Association of University Women, as well as being very active in the Catholic Church. She is remembered for her warmth, sense of humor, hospitality, keen intelligence and zest for life.
College Wide Scholarships
Linda Stith Memorial Scholarship
The Linda Stith Memorial Scholarship was established in 2009 by friends and family in memory of Linda who passed away on August 3, 2009, after a very short illness with pancreatic cancer. Linda was just 55. Linda’s friends, Catherine Stein and Dixie Dykman commented that Linda had not had the opportunity to graduate from college because of starting a family when she was very young. While staying at home to raise three young children, Linda helped her husband Max with his studies when he attended Boise State. For this reason, it was Linda’s request to establish a scholarship that would benefit young women with children who are pursuing their degree.
Boise State University Scholarship for International Refugees
The Boise State University Scholarship for International Refugees was established in 2012. Currently a person can apply for and be awarded permanent refugee status in the United States in accordance with the 1951 Convention Agreement of the United Nations and as codified and articulated under congressional action through the 1980 Refugee Act. The Refugee Act defines a refugee as “any person who is outside any country of such person’s nationality or, in the case of a person having no nationality, is outside any country in which such person last habitually resided, and who is unable or unwilling to return to, and is unable or unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of, that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.”
Rey Blaise Baldazo Memorial Scholarship
The Rey Blaise Baldazo Memorial Scholarship was established in 1986 in memory of the late Rey Blaise Baldazo. Rey passed away at only 18 years of age but in those 18 years he devoted much of his time to raising funds for the Filipino-American Scholarships at Boise State. He helped his mother each summer at their food booths at Art in the Park and Streets for People. He held a strong belief that supporting education and being involved in your community were very important endeavors. While doing all of this he still found time to be the editor of his high school newspaper and an active saxophone band member.
Marta Callao Scholarship
The Marta Callao Scholarship was established in 1984 by friends and family of Jeannette T. Baldazo. Scholarship(s) will be granted to Filipino students from the Philippines or Idaho residents with Filipino American heritage who participate in Filipino cultural events in their school or community.
Reverend Juan Callao Senior Memorial
The Reverend Juan Callao Senior Memorial was established in 1983 by Jeannette T. Baldazo. The scholarship was established to support students who are Idaho residents with Filipino American heritage or native Filipinos.
Kristi Anne Quong Memorial Scholarship
The Kristi Anne Quong Memorial Scholarship was established in 1986 by William and Lorice Quong in memory of their daughter. The scholarship is intended for an incoming freshman, preferably a female graduate from Meridian High School.
Charlotte Edkins PEO Scholarship
The Charlotte Edkins PEO Scholarship was established in 1993 by the Boise PEO Chapter. This scholarship is in memory of the late Charlotte Edkins, a beloved member of the Boise PEO Chapter. The PEO wished to honor Charlotte by assisting women in furthering their education.
Rosa Parks Academic Scholarship
TThe Rosa Parks Academic Scholarship was established in 1993 in honor of Rosa Parks. Parks is well known for her refusal in 1955 to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus. Her actions sparked a bus boycott, which became the first major demonstration of the civil rights movement. Parks devoted her life to encouraging the nation’s youth to stay in school, work hard, and advance their careers.
Shirley Ann Hill Johnson Memorial Scholarship
The Shirley Ann Hill Johnson Memorial Scholarship was established in 2004 by Patricia Dorman to honor her good friend Shirley Ann Hill Johnson who tragically died in a car accident in Italy. Mrs. Dorman’s purpose for the scholarship is to help single parents who are at the junior or senior level of their education.
Sophia and Apolonio Padilla Scholarship
The Sophia and Apolonio Padilla Scholarship was established February 3, 2011 to honor Deborah Dash’s grandparents, Sophia and Apolonio Padilla. Sophia and Apolonio lived life with integrity, love of family, respect for others, and year-round hard work. Having no formal education of their own, their path was not always easy. They understood the value of an education and how it would improve the lives of their eight children, all of whom graduated high school. With this scholarship, the Dash’s hope to lay one smooth stone on your path to an education.