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C of I receives $500,000 gift for student scholarships

The College of Idaho has received a $512,043 gift from the estate of the late William J. Carter, a grandson of founding C of I President William Judson Boone. Carter, who passed away in 2011, left his estate to the John O. and Sara Boone Carter Family Scholarship, an endowed fund set up to honor his parents and support students who are in need of financial assistance to complete their educations. The gift makes the Carter Family Scholarship the largest endowed scholarship fund at The College of Idaho.

“We are delighted to assist in helping deserving young men and women afford the quality education for which The College of Idaho is justly known,” said William’s brother, James Carter. “The bequest is likewise a testament to how firmly we descendents of President William Judson Boone believe in the continuing mission derived from his founding vision.” 

The Carter Family Scholarship is one of more than 200 endowed scholarships at The College of Idaho – funds that ensure virtually all C of I students receive financial assistance. The scholarship gift is in addition to decades of annual gifts made by Carter and a designated $150,000 donation from his estate to establish the endowed Carter-Chalker Lectureship Series on Faith and Contemporary Issues. The series, created last year by James Carter with the help of C of I President Marv Henberg, also is named after longtime C of I religion professor Dr. William Chalker. It is intended to bring lecturers to the College’s campus in Caldwell to speak about issues of faith as it relates to science, business, government, medicine, media and other contemporary fields.

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 11 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 www.collegeofidaho.edu.