Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship

$3,000Award Amount
1Number of Awards
3/1/2023Submission Deadline

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The Idaho Governor’s Cup is an annual golf tournament that features golf, shotgun sports, fly fishing, and other social activities. It was established as a small golf tournament by Cecil Andrus (former Governor of Idaho) in 1974. In 2014, the Idaho Governor’s Cup established a scholarship program in honor of Governor Cecil Andrus who founded the tournament.

Each year, the Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship program, through the Idaho State Board of Education, offers $3,000 to high school or home-school seniors intending to pursue academic or career technical education at a college or university in Idaho.

Applicants must provide their résumés, grade transcripts, and an essay. The scholarship award will be directed towards tuition, room and board, books, tools, and other expenses.

Key Information of Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship

Study Details

Area of Study


Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools


Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study

  • Undergraduate
  • Vocational/Technical School

Award Amount


Number of Awards


Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship Timeline

October 2022

Application Opening Date

Applications open on October 1.

March 1, 2023

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on March 1.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: High School Senior – Undergraduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: 2.8
  • Geographic Eligibility: Idaho
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Essay
  • Grade transcript
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Present Work Experiences

How to ace the Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship


Complete first semester in college

You must be enrolled in a recognized college or university in Idaho and complete at least one semester before you can be eligible for the scholarship. If you were just newly accepted into a higher institution in Idaho, wait until you complete the first semester before applying for the scholarship.


Abide by the essay guidelines

Conduct thorough research before writing your essay. If you are writing your essay, make sure that the essay does not exceed 500 words. Ensure that you mention your academic goals and interests clearly and concisely.


Possess enough community service experience

Most times, volunteer work/community service experience is a must-have for many scholarships and job opportunities. If you want to stand a chance of winning the Idaho Governor's Cup award, ensure that you have participated in many community service programs. Additionally, make sure that you document your volunteer work experiences and attach them to your application.


Demonstrate leadership abilities

Ensure that you hold leadership positions in your high school or community. If you have occupied leadership positions, it will show the scholarship committee that you are responsible and can lead projects in the school or community. Attaining leadership positions will strengthen your application.

How the Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship is Judged

Applicants are judged based on academic excellence, essays conveying the pursuit of higher education, and extracurricular activity involvement.

Why We Love the Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship


A renewable scholarship

Recipients of the Idaho Governor's Cup Scholarship can renew the award for up to four years (academic programs) and up to three years (career technical programs). If requirements are maintained, recipients are sure to keep the funds every year to ease financial burdens.


Ample time to prepare and apply

The time given between application opening and closing is good enough for applicants to gather their documents, complete forms, and review their applications. It even allows time to add to your work experience. So use this time wisely.


No discrimination

The program is open to all Idaho high school students including those home-schooled as long as they meet the scholarship requirements. The board supports equality and diversity with no discrimination against gender, race, ethnicity, religion, etc.

5 Facts About Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship


Hundreds participate in the Governor's Cup

Statistics show that approximately 600 people participate in the annual Idaho Governor's Cup that takes place in Sun Valley.


Home-school students are eligible

Home-schooled students are eligible if requirements are met


The funds are raised through the event

The money for the scholarship is raised by politicians, business leaders, and lobbyists who make donations to support the Idaho Governor's Cup and the donations also serve as their registration fee for the event.


The Board of Directors review the applications

Every scholarship application is reviewed by three different members of the Board of Directors of the Idaho State Board of Education.


Awards are not paid directly to beneficiaries

The scholarship money is not paid directly to the beneficiaries rather it is paid directly to their respective institutions and deposited in their financial aid account.

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