C of I Scholarship Gala to celebrate athletic tradition

For more than 100 years, The College of Idaho has combined its outstanding academic rigor with a proud tradition of athletic success. From late, great heroes such as supermarket magnate Joe Albertson and National Football League innovator R.C. Owens to current stars like 2012 Major League Baseball draftee Izaac Garsez and two-time national champion distance runner Hillary Holt, the C of I has been home to countless student-athletes who have excelled both in the classroom and in sport. 

The College will celebrate the success of its student-athletes during its annual Scholarship Gala, themed “Spotlight on Athletics.” This year’s event is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at the Boise Centre on the Grove in Downtown Boise. For tickets, please visit All proceeds will support student scholarships at the C of I.

“To date, the Coyotes have captured 45 team and individual national titles in basketball, baseball, skiing and snowboarding, track and field, and cross country,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “Just as impressive as our student-athletes’ achievements in competition is their commitment to serious study and academic excellence. We look forward to an evening of celebrating their many successes with our alumni, friends and the Treasure Valley community.”

The Scholarship Gala is a formal, black-tie optional event featuring dinner, socializing, live entertainment by local rock band Innocent Man, live and silent auctions, an “Adopt-a-Yote” paddle-up, a raffle drawing and remarks by President Henberg. Guests also will have the opportunity to mingle with current C of I student-athletes and coaches, including Mike Moroski, coach of the College’s recently reinstated football team. For tickets and information, visit or call (208) 459-5025. There also is an online auction available Feb. 1-26 for the first time. 

The C of I Scholarship Gala is sponsored by Caxton (live auction), Hawley Troxell, Hummel Architects, U.S. Bank and West Valley Regional Medical Center (“Adopt-a-Yote”), D.B. Fitzpatrick and Saint Alphonsus (silent auction), and Bidart & Ross and United Heritage (supporting sponsors). 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.

 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