Creating a New Legacy
For 50 years the alumni association has shared stories of creating legacies of alumni and students making a difference in our community and around the nation. But we are not done! With our 50/50 campaign, the alumni association has a campaign goal to raise $50,000 to assist the Intercollegiate Knights Chapter with endowing the new Intercollegiate Knights Endowed Scholarship while at the same time increasing membership and donations to alumni programs and services by 50%.
The Intercollegiate Knights Chapter Pledge
While the current Alumni Legacy Scholarship endowment has grown to support 24 students, the needs of students with foster care experience are different. Without the consistency of a home and school, students often changes schools many times, which can lead to lower GPA’s than many of our scholarships require. In addition, while they may qualify for financial aid for tuition, they may need housing and meal support especially during the summer or holiday breaks. Students can experience more stability in college than most other settings upon entering adulthood.
The Intercollegiate Knights (alumni from the former service fraternity dedicated to creating lasting legacies at Boise State) realized that the alumni association can provide mentor programs and resources to help these students feel part of our Boise State family. Thus the Intercollegiate Knights Chapter took a leadership role by starting this scholarship.
The Intercollegiate Knights Chapter raises funds by selling parking spaces at the Alumni and Friends Center during Boise State Men’s Basketball games, concerts, and special events at Taco Bell Arena. They volunteer in the rain, sleet, heat and snow to raise money for this scholarship.
Help Impact Scholars Rewrite Statistics
The Boise State Impact Scholars Program promotes college success of students from foster care. The program addresses the underrepresentation and underachievement of students with foster care experience in higher education. Research shows that young adults who have spent time in the foster care system are more likely to have difficulty earning a college degree.
Idaho statistics reveal that 80% of foster care youth want to attend college, however, only 7% are able to enroll and only 3% graduate. The Boise State Impact Scholars Program is re-writing these statistics. Boise State alumni and friends may contribute and make a difference in lives of these students. Education is the number one variable that can break the cycle of poverty. Join us July 25 and help us make an impact!
How You Can Help
Become a member and donate today! Join the alumni association as an annual member for $50 a year and be part of our goal to increase annual memberships by 50%, then help create new legacies by donating $50 to help endow the Intercollegiate Knights Endowed Scholarship. Click the orange button below to join or the blue button to view member benefits.
Are you already a member of the alumni association? Thank you! Current members can make a special $50 anniversary gift to the scholarship as well, simply click the orange button below to donate.