There are many reasons donors support student scholarships at Boise State University: making access to education affordable; contributing to the betterment of society through the support of education; and for some, paying forward what was given to them when they attended college.
Take for example Kem and Carolyn Gardner, founders of the Kem C. and Carolyn B. Gardner Scholarship at Boise State. The Salt Lake City couple established the scholarship to assist refugees, minorities and women studying in technology-related fields.
Raised in a family with eight other siblings, Gardner said he realized early in life that he would be responsible for the cost of his college education. As a freshman attending Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, he worked as an attendant at an uncle’s service station to pay for his education.
“In addition to the service station compensation, I also received a scholarship,” he said. “It was the only way I made it that year.”
After serving a church mission, Gardner received a scholarship to the University of Utah and subsequent support while earning his law degree from the school.
“I will always be grateful for those who helped me get an education,” he said. “I could not have done so without their financial help.”
Once a scholarship recipient barely able to stay in school, today Gardner is the founder and CEO of the Gardner Company – a private commercial real estate development company operating in the Intermountain West.
“As soon as Carolyn and I were far enough along in our business we started giving back, trying to repay those who helped us by helping others,” Gardner said. “Over forty years we have been able to give millions of dollars in financial aid, primarily trying to help minorities and women receive their educations.”
Rossy Moreno, a first-generation college student studying graphic design at Boise State, said the Gardner scholarship has allowed her to pursue her degree while staying close to her family in Nampa.
“Though my parents hail from Mexico, I was raised in Nampa where I attended high school and became familiar with the Boise State campus. I am greatly inspired by the generosity and commitment the Gardners hold for the students at Boise State University, and I am honored to be chosen as a recipient of their scholarship. I commend them on their exemplary commitments to education, and hope to one day help others like me achieve their academic dreams.”
The Gardners’ scholarship is designed to provide financial support to nearly 40 qualified students per year.
During the Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Opportunities scholarship campaign, nearly 18,000 donors made gifts for scholarships, totaling more than $52 million.
“We identify with these students who are thankful to donors, because our lives were changed by scholarships, too. We are so pleased to be able to change students’ lives and provide opportunities to help them succeed,” Gardner said. “I know these students work hard on their studies, as we did, and the rewards are well worth it.”
Boise State celebrated Homecoming Oct. 30-Nov. 4 with activities for students, alumni, faculty, staff and the community. The Boise State Alumni Association celebrated 50 years this year and honored the 2017 Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Alumni Service Award recipients during Homecoming week at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala. Relive Homecoming memories through these photos and video.
Alumni and friends of Boise State University stepped up and gave generously to fund the Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Opportunities scholarship campaign with gifts and pledges totaling more than $52 million, more than doubling the campaign’s original goal.
While scholarship support remains a top priority at Boise State, the four-and-a-half-year campaign ended in June and was central to Boise State’s mission of providing affordable education to talented and committed students, easing the financial burden of the costs of earning an academic degree.
“Scholarships ensure that students from around Idaho and beyond have access to the high-quality education we provide at Boise State,” Boise State President Bob Kustra said. “Our scholarship students today are more engaged, more thoughtful and more passionate than ever before. They understand the value of a college education, and they work hard to get everything possible from it.”
Since the beginning of the campaign, nearly 18,000 donors provided gifts and pledges, resulting in a 34 percent increase in funds available to be awarded to students from privately funded scholarships in fall 2017. Gifts contributed toward the campaign include immediate-use funds, as well as scholarship endowment, providing investments for future scholarship growth and support.
“We are grateful to Boise State donors who overwhelmingly recognized the powerful impact scholarships have on the lives of our students. Every gift is important. Each one makes a difference toward our continued goal of providing an accessible and affordable Boise State experience,” said Vice President of University Advancement Laura Simic.
About three-quarters of the nearly 24,000 Boise State students rely on some form of financial aid during their academic careers.
“Scholarships help motivate students in their studies, allow them time to focus on academics and demonstrate to them that they are coveted, lifelong members of the Bronco family. This investment ensures that great potential is not left unrealized because of an inability to bear the cost of a university education.”
– Laura Simic
For more information on the Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Opportunities campaign, and gifts made to colleges visit the campaign giving.boisestate.edu.
Boise State University Alumni Association Celebrates 50 Years of Creating Legacies By Andrew Gauss.
In 1967, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones topped the music charts, while “The Graduate” was released in movie theaters across the country. U.S. military forces continued deployment of soldiers fighting the Vietnam War, as the U.S. space program rapidly advanced, preparing for the Apollo missions that in two short years would place Neil Armstrong on the moon.
These events and many others were the beginning of several legacies to come in the following years on and off campus. Also in 1967, for the first time in its 32-year history, Boise College conferred graduates with four-year degrees.
Within a few years, Boise College would become Boise State College, and by 1974, Boise State University. And in May of 1967, thanks to the dedication of young alumni and members of the student body, the Boise College Alumni Association was created, fostering the legacy of the university and its members for half a century today.
As Boise State University Alumni Association (BSUAA) celebrates this milestone, it honors those who created the legacies that span 50 years, while looking forward to the future of connecting alumni and friends, supporting students through scholarships and programs, and advocating on behalf of the university and higher education in Idaho.
More than 50 years ago, when Boise Junior College leadership were applying for accreditation to become a four-year institution, one requirement was to have an alumni association, explained Vivian Klein, who was hired as the alumni secretary at the time.
Association founding members Bill Ilett, ’67, then student body president, along with senior class president Jim Cockrell, ’67, and another 10 founding members were the driving force to organize the alumni association and meet the accreditation requirements. Thomas L. Rhodes, ’55, was elected the first president.
“When I accepted the job, I was handed a shoebox of index cards with names of alumni,” Klein said, referring to the antiquated records system she eventually updated. At the time, about 1,500 students attended classes on campus, compared with the nearly 24,000 today.
A lot has changed at Boise State since the founding of the BSUAA, but the mission of the association remains the same — to celebrate and engage alumni and friends of the university and build lifelong relationships that support the future of the university.
Those lifelong relationships are evident with a membership of more than 4,300, as well as the longtime and continued engagement from charter members.
Take, for example, David Croft, ’67, who served as alumni board president during the association’s infancy, and continues to be active in the association.
The deep affinity many have with the university is a reflection of the education they received while attending classes here, said Croft.
“Boise State provided me with an opportunity to receive a great education, and I’m very grateful for that and have felt the obligation to give back,” he said.
Through the years the association has supported many areas of growth for the university. From the construction of the Taco Bell Arena (previously the Pavilion) to the founding of the Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band, the association is proud to support Boise State. The association has seen significant growth over its 50 years — a new identity as Boise State University, an Alumni and Friends Center that opened in 2016, and a burgeoning international membership consisting of several chapters — but the objectives are consistent with the vision of the founding members — connect, support, and advocate on behalf of alumni and the university.
Dyke Nally, ’69, who served as student body president and longtime employee, including the association’s executive director for 21-years, credited much of the growth of the university over the years to the leadership of the six university presidents starting with Eugene Chaffey when Nally was a student. Nally also acknowledges the support of alumni and friends who have partnered with leadership and applied their resources toward the growth and success of the university.
“The privilege to work with first-class university presidents, faculty, staff and students has been so rewarding in my career,” Nally said. “I’m looking forward to the university continuing to grow and excel as the fine research university it has become, and hopefully receive adequate funding from the state to support its mission and continued growth.” To honor the BSUAA golden anniversary, the Intercollegiate Knights Chapter has committed to creating a new Impact Scholarship endowment dedicated to supporting students attending Boise State who come from the foster care system. Also, members of the class of 1967 will be holding a reunion on campus in the fall, and have also committed to creating a class gift for the university.
“We are truly inspired by the success our alumni have in their respective lives and careers, as well as the legacies each has contributed toward society and their communities,” said Lisa Gardner, BSUAA executive director. “We honor the success of these alumni, thank them for their engagement in support of our mission, and look forward to the next 50 years of creating legacies for BSAA and Boise State University.”
To learn more about the BSUAA 50-year celebration, including stories of alumni, events and ways to engage in the milestone, visit boisestate.edu/50-years.
Leaders, faculty, staff , students, friends and alumni nurtured a vision, supported a mission and gave of their time, talent and treasure to make the impossible possible.
Boise State has more than doubled its graduate offerings in a decade, and expanded doctoral programs and research to attract high-quality students from Idaho and beyond.
The shared knowledge throughout the classrooms, labs and teaching spaces has inspired innovation, fostered imagination and paved the future for success and leadership.
And as President Bob Kustra has said, “the success of students at Boise State throughout their lifetimes is the single most important measure of Boise State’s success as a university.”
Central to this mission is providing affordable access to education for students. Scholarships help ensure that potential is not left unrealized because of the inability to bear the cost of a university.
It’s thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends of the university that Boise State has been able to grow its scholarship support and provide access to education for so many through the Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Opportunities scholarship campaign.
Donors have gifted nearly $50 million, double the original goal, increasing scholarship support by nearly 30 percent.
“Through the generosity of our donors, we’re able to provide more scholarship support to our students than ever before,” said Vice President for University Advancement Laura C. Simic. “As we enter the fi nal months of the campaign, and beyond, we’ll continue to keep scholarship support as a philanthropic priority at Boise State to ensure more students can achieve their academic dreams without excessive financial constraints.”
Take for example John DeRoos, a senior communication major and Honors College student. DeRoos came to Boise State as a nontraditional student, having already entered the workforce and started a family. While he excelled in high school academics, he was forced to earn his GED certificate because he needed to care for his ailing mother.
When the opportunity later came for him to attend Boise State, his drive to succeed was clear, but the resources provided through scholarship support provided him with more determination to achieve academic success.
“Scholarships have allowed me to dream big,” he said. “The monetary aspect is crucial to this process, but there is a larger impact that being a scholarship recipient has had on my life. It is only when others believe in you that success really begins to manifest itself.”
DeRoos graduated this spring Summa Cum Laude and has begun employment with a local Boise business. He was supported by the Wayne Osborn Endowment for Academic Excellence, Stephan J. Guss Jr. and Georgette R. Guss Honors Scholarship, Honors College Scholarship, George Campbell Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Eleanor R. and C. Harvey Pitman Communication Scholarship, and the Charles Adams Honors Scholarship.
Gabe Linehan (BBA, ‘13) knows how to gather a team, set a goal and come together to make it a reality.
Originally from Banks, Oregon, Linehan joined Boise State and the Bronco football team as a redshirt freshman in 2009. The next year he started his first career game against Hawaii and caught six passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.
Now, Linehan carries the hammer as a Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Boise. In his position, Linehan is leading the charge and encouraging colleagues, clients and the public to maximize their donations to Boise State University through a gift of life insurance.
Linehan and seven other Boise State alumni and Northwestern Mutual employees each established life insurance policies naming the Boise State University Foundation as owner and beneficiary with a collective face value just over $1 million.
Linehan and his co-workers, Chad Colton (BBA, ‘07), Shawn Cudney (BA, ‘12), Darby Heidemann (BBA, ‘91), Kevin Rigenhagen (BS, ‘98), Randall Smith (BBA ‘86), Travis Stokes (BBA, ‘03), Max Wilson (BBA ‘05) and Brie Wilson (BBA, ‘07), have created a lasting legacy by establishing an endowed scholarship in the College of Business and Economics. Each makes regular annual donations to the scholarship fund, and proceeds from their individual life insurance policies will further build the endowment that will help future generations of Broncos.
“Ultimately, it’s about leverage. Life insurance is the most efficient way to pass wealth and it’ll help for generations to come,” Linehan said. “This is a commitment that means we’re becoming a part of something bigger.”
“It’s just good math,” said Smith, who has served as a mentor for Linehan at Northwestern Mutual. “Without extraordinary financial means it’s tough to leave a lasting impact any other way. It’s all about making a difference.”
Linehan said he encourages everyone to give similarly, emphasizing the ease of the process. “I wanted to get the ball rolling and have others replicate it, supporting whatever they’re passionate about on campus,” he said.
Beyond supporting future Broncos, donors who set up a deferred charitable estate plan such as this are inducted into the Barnwell Society, which honors and thanks those who provide generous support through deferred gift planning. The society is named for Bishop Middleton S. Barnwell, Boise State’s first president.
Learn more about giving through a deferred charitable estate plan at giving.boisestate.edu or contact the executive director of planned giving at (208) 426-3276.
Alumni programs at Boise State are growing with the approval of charters for four new chapters by the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Each of the chapter leadership teams exceeded the minimum requirements for an official charter with plans in the works for social, service and scholarship activities.
The Honors College Alumni Chapter serves alumni who graduated from the Honors College as well as alumni who took at least 12 honors credits during their time at Boise State. Plans for the chapter include establishing a robust mentoring program, fundraising for a legacy project at the new Honors College building and engaging alumni nationwide.
The Latino Alumni Chapter will focus on the recruitment and retention of Latino students at Boise State University.
Planning sessions have begun for a mentoring program and professional networking. The chapter also recently celebrated the opening of the new Latino space on campus, Casita Nepantla. This chapter will serve Latino students, staff and faculty at Boise State University, as well as anyone else interested in learning more about the Latino culture.
The College of Business and Economics (COBE) Alumni Chapter will focus on service to the current students of COBE. Members plan to partner with COBE career advisors and design a mentoring program to facilitate facetime with members who have real-life work experience to enhance networking opportunities for students.
The Fiesta Alumni Chapter serves alumni and friends in Arizona with a focus on activities in the greater Phoenix area. Chapter leaders currently are collaborating with Boise State admissions staff to enhance recruitment efforts in this region. Additionally, the group is planning social and scholarship events and encourage Boise area alumni to attend their events in sunny Arizona each spring.
Scott Sales, COBE, ’82, was elected Montana State Senate President for the 2017 legislature. His election was made formal on Jan. 2, the first day of the 2017 session.
Ashley Carlson, COAS, ’16, was awarded first place at the Idaho Triennial Artists awards at the Boise Art Museum. Her piece titled “Hollister, ID, 83301” explores her experience of growing up in rural isolation in southern Idaho.
Mark Heil, COBE, ’85, joined Boise State University as vice president and chief financial officer. Heil earned a BA in accounting and computer information systems from Boise State University in 1985. He is a member of the audit committee for the Idaho State Board of Education, an active member of the advisory board for the Department of Accountancy in the College of Business and Economics, a licensed Certified Public Accountant, and a member of the Idaho State Board of Accountancy and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Sonia Galaviz, COED, ’02, ’05, who teaches at Garfield Elementary School, received the NEA Foundation’s Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence, along with a $25,000 prize. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boise State University and plans to put her award winnings toward pursuing her doctorate.
Meghan Kenny, COAS, ’02, will publish her first collection of short stories titled “Love Is No Small Thing.” The book explores love in all its various iterations – romantic, familial, elusive. In 2002, she was among the first graduates of the university’s new MFA in Creative Writing.
Matthew May, SPS, ’10, ’12, ’16, has joined the university’s new Idaho Policy Institute as a post-doctoral associate. May was part of the Public Policy and Administration program’s inaugural Ph.D. cohort and the first to complete this degree at Boise State. May also holds a bachelor of arts in political science and a master of public administration, both from Boise State University.