C of I receives $40,000 grant supporting student service
2011. 01. 31.
The College of Idaho has received a $40,000 grant from the Twin Falls-based Seagraves Family Foundation that will aid C of I students who give back to their communities. Service learning scholarships funded by the grant will be specifically targeted at students from the old Highway 93 corridor, which runs from the Idaho-Nevada border through Twin Falls and north to Galena.
“We have many alumni who play an active role in the Magic Valley community,” said Barry Fujishin, Director of Development at C of I. “The Seagraves Foundation sees the impact of these alumni and is hoping to produce more C of I graduates who will return to settle in the area.”
The College of Idaho currently has more than 200 alumni living and working in the Magic Valley. This school year, 17 new students from the region enrolled at C of I. The Seagraves Foundation hopes to further increase those numbers by supporting students who will be actively mentored in civic leadership and who will perform service activities in Caldwell during the school year or in their hometowns during the summer.
“The College of Idaho has a very good reputation for teaching its students a skill set that benefits the area in which they live,” a spokesman for the Seagraves Foundation said in a statement. “These service learning scholarships will allow more students to receive a quality education while at the same time allowing the recipients to give something back to society.”
The Seagraves Family Foundation has a history of generosity and service at The College of Idaho. In 2006, the foundation gave C of I a $30,000 grant to help found the Student Philanthropy Council. In the years since, the Student Philanthropy Council has donated thousands of dollars to local charities. This past fall, the SPC received the 2010 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Idaho Chapter.
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 ten 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 undergraduate minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.