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Caldwell foundation, C of I ease path to higher education

For 20 years, graduates of Caldwell High School such as Kristen VanSchoiack have received a head start in pursuing their aspirations at The College of Idaho with the support of the Caldwell Foundation for Educational Opportunity.VanSchoiack, a freshman art major, and 20 other currently enrolled C of I students are recipients of CFEO scholarships, beneficiaries of a partnership that helps many of Caldwell’s most outstanding young people continue their education in the community where they were raised.

“I think people should support an organization like CFEO because it gives students opportunities they probably wouldn't have been given if they didn't get the extra help,” said VanSchoiack, who plans to pursue a career as an art teacher. “The CFEO's purpose is to help students and I think everyone should support that.”

Community members will have an opportunity to do that on Oct. 22, when the College hosts CFEO’s “Night at the Museum” fundraising event, with a dinner followed by silent and live auctions that will raise additional dollars for scholarships.

Since 1999, more than 40 College of Idaho students have received CFEO scholarships and over the past few years, those scholarships have meant nearly $10,000 in financial assistance for Caldwell students pursuing their education at the C of I.

That financial assistance extends even further for some students including VanSchoiack, who received the CFEO’s Barbara L. Gigray Scholarship, presented to a Caldwell High School graduate who attends the C of I to pursue a high school teaching career. The $1,000 scholarship is matched by The College of Idaho, doubling its impact.

CFEO board member Chuck Randolph said helping Caldwell students continue their education at The College of Idaho benefits the entire community.

“The community and all of society benefits when our students obtain the highest education they can get, especially right here close to home,” Randolph said. “It makes those students more employable and enables them to enjoy a more fulfilling life.”

Throughout the College’s history, President Marv Henberg said the school has helped Caldwell retain young professionals and leaders.

"We take a great deal of pride in the students who come to The College of Idaho from this community, achieve a tremendous amount during their studies, and frequently choose to live and work here,” Henberg said. “Strengthening our community through education is a responsibility that is very important to the College.”

Attendees of the Oct. 22 fundraiser are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite historical character for the event, which starts at 5:30 p.m. in Simplot Dining Hall. The evening’s activities will include remarks by CFEO scholarship recipients and a performance by the Caldwell High School Madrigals. Tickets are $20 each in advance or $25 at the door, $35 per couple in advance or $40 at the door.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit