C of I Scholarship Gala celebrates the written word

For more than 120 years, The College of Idaho has produced graduates who thrive in the language arts. Thanks to writing-intensive coursework and mentoring by outstanding professors including beloved author and historian Louie Attebery, renowned rhetorician Ralph Berringer and current Idaho Writer-in-Residence Diane Raptosh, the written word has long been a vital part of every C of I student’s education.

The College will celebrate its proud heritage in English and Literature during the 2015 Scholarship Gala, themed “Passages.” The Gala is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 at the Boise Centre. Proceeds will support student scholarships at the C of I, including a portion set aside specifically for English and Literature students. For more information, visit

“Every College of Idaho student learns excellent reading and writing skills, regardless of his or her major,” said C of I President Marv Henberg. “Producing articulate graduates is an essential focus of our distinctive PEAK Curriculum, and it has long been a strength of our outstanding faculty. It is an honor to celebrate the power of the written word on this special occasion.”

The Scholarship Gala is an annual, formal event featuring dinner and drinks, socializing, live and silent auctions, an “Adopt-a-Yote” paddle-up and remarks by President Henberg and, this year, C of I literature student Megan Mizuta. C of I President-Elect Charlotte Borst also will be in attendance. For tickets, call (208) 459-5025.   

The C of I Scholarship Gala is supported by Adopt-a-Yote sponsors Caxton, Hawley Troxell and U.S. Bank as well as silent auction sponsors DB Fitzpatrick, Title One and ZGA Architects and Planners. Live and silent auction items were donated by C of I trustees, alumni, friends, supporters, faculty and staff, and generous members of the Treasure Valley community.

Last year’s Gala raised $163,000 for student scholarships. Click here to watch the 2014 Gala video.  

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. The C of I has a legacy of academic excellence, a winning athletics tradition and a history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars and 14 Marshall, Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell. 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—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. For more information, visit