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Scholarship Gala honors first-generation students

College of Idaho founding President William Judson Boone famously said of C of I students “Let them come. Let them all come, and we will see what they can do.” That mantra has stuck with the College for more than 120 years as students from many walks of life – including hundreds of first-generation college attendees – have come to the C of I and found success in school, in their careers, and in life. 

The College will celebrate the successes of its first-generation students and alumni as well as its continued commitment to student access during the annual Scholarship Gala, themed “The Quest Begins.” This year’s Gala is set for 6 p.m. Friday, March 7, at The Grove Hotel in Boise. For more information, please visit or call (208) 459-5025. All proceeds will support student scholarships at the C of I, including a portion set aside for first-generation scholarships.

“Since its beginning, The College of Idaho has welcomed all students to take on the challenge of earning an education that prepares them to thrive,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “The Scholarship Gala is an opportunity to celebrate their many successes, in particular those who have blazed a trail for future generations to follow.” 

The Scholarship Gala is a formal, black-tie optional event featuring dinner, socializing, live and silent auctions, an “Adopt-a-Yote” paddle-up, a raffle drawing and remarks by President Henberg. Tickets are sold out, but an online auction is available Feb. 12 to March 12 at

The C of I Scholarship Gala is sponsored by U.S. Bank (live auction), Caxton (Adopt-a-Yote), Hawley Troxell (Adopt-a-Yote), Holland and Hart (silent auction) and DB Fitzpatrick (silent auction). Live and silent auction items were donated by C of I trustees, alumni, friends, supporters, faculty and staff members, President Henberg and generous members of the Treasure Valley community.

Last year’s Scholarship Gala raised $167,000 for student scholarships. Click here to check out a photo gallery from the 2013 Gala.

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 seven 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