Idaho Opportunity Scholarship

$3,500Award Amount
500Number of Awards
3/1/2023Submission Deadline

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The Opportunity Scholarship was established by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, and the Idaho Legislature to prepare university/college graduates to enter the workforce and eliminate barriers to higher education.

The Idaho State Board of Education is charged with the general governance and supervision of Idaho’s public educational agencies, institutions, and school systems.

The scholarship program is open to students who are residents of Idaho or graduated or will graduate from an Idaho high school or its equivalent or Idaho homeschool. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 or higher and must demonstrate financial need. The award is $3,500 to assist with tuition fees and is renewable for up to four years.

Key Information of Idaho Opportunity Scholarship

Study Details

Area of Study


Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools

  • Boise State University
  • Brigham Young University, Idaho
  • College of Idaho
  • College of Southern Idaho
  • College of Western Idaho
  • College of Eastern Idaho
  • Idaho State University
  • Lewis-Clark State College
  • North Idaho College
  • Northwest Nazarene University
  • University of Idaho
  • Western Governors University

Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study


Award Amount


Number of Awards


Idaho Opportunity Scholarship Timeline

October 2022

Application Opening Date

Applications open on October 1.

March 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 – High School Graduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: 2.7
  • Geographic Eligibility: Idaho
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

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

  • Grade transcript
  • Financial Information

How to ace the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship


Complete and submit your application early

Applicants are expected to complete the State Board of Education scholarship application by March 1. Early submission gives you an edge in cases where two applicants are judged to be tied on points, and the applicant with the earlier submission of the two gets awarded.


Maintain satisfactory academic progress

Prospective applicants are advised to work towards meeting up with the minimum required GPA for application eligibility. Awardees are also encouraged to work hard and maintain the minimum GPA so they can renew the award.


Submit necessary proof of your Idaho residency

Make sure you have all the necessary documents that show you are a resident of Idaho. The required documents are listed on the scholarship website.


Show appreciation on receipt of the award

As requested by the Idaho State Board of Education, ensure you send in a thank you letter if awarded the scholarship. Use your letter to let them know how you intend to utilize the opportunity in meeting up with the program goals.

How the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship is Judged

The selection criteria are based on excellent academic records, Idaho residency, and financial need.

Why We Love the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship


The scholarship is renewable

The scholarship, awarded per academic year, is renewable for up to four years.


Desire to educate the people of Idaho

The board is passionate about ensuring all Idahoans have access to high-quality educational opportunities.


Required entry GPA is not high

The opportunity scholarship only requires at least a 2.7 unweighted cumulative GPA for application.

5 Facts About Idaho Opportunity Scholarship


The program is for Idaho residents only

Only residents of Idaho or those who graduated or will graduate from an Idaho high school or its equivalent or Idaho homeschool are eligible.


Eligible schools

Schools where the scholarship is eligible: Boise State University, Brigham Young University – Idaho, College of Idaho, College of Southern Idaho, College of Western Idaho, College of Eastern Idaho, Idaho State University, Lewis-Clark State College, North Idaho College, Northwest Nazarene University, University of Idaho, Western Governors University


The Board has seven recognized scholarship programs

The Idaho State Board of Education awards several scholarships through seven nationally recognized programs each year.


Bboard aims for high-quality education for all

The Education board makes policy for K-20 public education in Idaho, to create opportunities for lifelong attainment of high-quality research, innovation, and


State Board responsible for major educational reforms

As Idaho’s single governing body for public kindergarten through college education, the State Board of Education continually works towards an education system without barriers, and within the governance and committee structure.

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