Benefits & Experiences

Gipson Fellow Benefits

Special aspects of the Gipson Fellows Program include the following:

The Gipson Fellows Colloquium

All Gipson Fellows attend the Colloquium, which features specially arranged programming, including receptions with college-featured national speakers, research presentations by faculty, receptions with special campus guests and notable alumni, discussions with distinguished leaders and professionals, and group attendance at events in the fine arts.

The Gipson Fellows Fund

Gipson Fellows at the sophomore level and beyond are invited to apply to this fund, which is intended to facilitate their development as leaders and professionals. Funds may be used to travel to research sites, as a stipend for an unpaid internship, for travel required by a research experience or internship, to attend an academic conference, to support a special project, or for a study abroad experience. Gipson Fellows may receive one award while attending the C of I.

The Gipson Fellows Portfolio

To demonstrate their academic and leadership qualifications in applications for graduate or professional school, professional opportunities, service leadership roles (such as AmeriCorps and Peace Corps), and international fellowships (such as the Fulbright, Marshall, and Rhodes Scholar fellowships), Gipson Fellows create a portfolio in consultation with both the Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) and the Gipson Program Director.

The Gipson Fellows Program Director

The Program Director is available to Gipson Fellows throughout their tenures at The College of Idaho to assist with academic, professional and personal pursuits. Even after Fellows have an academic advisor within a chosen major field, the Program Director remains available to them.

Additional Benefits

Even before classes begin, a student selected as a Gipson Fellow may:

  • Attend a special reception for admitted Gipson Fellows and their parents/guardians, and meet the college President, the Dean of Faculty, professors and administrators, the Gipson Fellows Program Director, and other admitted Fellows;
  • Speak with a faculty member in the Fellow’s area of interest;
  • Register early for first semester classes with priority status;
  • Speak with the Gipson Fellows Program Director regarding the course registration process and any lingering questions.