BSU announces "True Blue Promise" scholarship

Posted at 12:18 PM, Dec 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-17 14:18:41-05

Boise State University has rolled out a new $8,000 scholarship to help make higher education more affordable for Idaho high school students.

The True Blue Promise scholarship is based both on financial need and academic performance, with eligible students receiving $2,000 per year for four years, a University news release said.

“This is the biggest financial aid package in Boise State’s history for Idaho students who both have earned it and who need it,” BSU President Robert Kustra stated. “College affordability remains top of mind for all of us, and the True Blue Promise is aimed at opening doors to higher education for Idaho students who want to attend Boise State University.”

To qualify for the True Blue Promise, students must be Idaho residents with a minimum unweighted high school GPA of 3.3, be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant based on their financial aid application, score at least 25 on the ACT or 1130 on the SAT, and be a new incoming freshman for fall 2016.

Adding the True Blue Promise scholarship for students who qualify for the maximum Federal Pell Grant means full tuition costs at Boise State will be covered for Idaho students with the greatest financial need.

“Boise State University is deeply committed to helping Idaho students,” said Jim Anderson, associate vice president for enrollment services. “Our major scholarship programs at Boise State support only Idaho students, and this need-based program is a very important addition. Through the True Blue Promise program, we are maximizing access for students who are ready for college.”

To continue to receive the award beyond the first year, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA while at Boise State and demonstrate continued financial need.

“Students and their parents across the state are in the throes of their college search process right now,” said Kelly Talbert, director of admissions. “We’re excited that this new True Blue Promise could help make their college dreams a reality.”

Scholarships are awarded automatically based on information provided on a completed admissions application, the University said. Students who apply for admission and submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Feb. 15 are given priority consideration. Students who apply by May 1 will continue to be considered for True Blue Promise awards based on available funds.

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