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Institutional Scholarships

The College of Idaho offers merit, need-based and talent. scholarships directly to students. The College believes all students should be able to attend regardless of financial standing, and we continually work to secure additional funds to achieve that goal and offer scholarships to as many students as possible. The maximum award and scholarship, established at the time of admission, may be met by one or more endowed or funded scholarships donated by major contributors to the C of I. All or a portion of these awards may be renamed at any time during enrollment.

  • Merit scholarships are awarded to students based on academic performance, as determined at the time of admission. High performance must be maintained throughout enrollment or else the scholarship may be forfeited after a probationary period.
  • Need-based scholarships are based on information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), calculations based on Expected Family Contribution, cost of attendance and the gap between cost and awards. The College believes all students should be able to attend regardless of financial standing, and we continually work to secure additional funds to achieve that goal and offer scholarships to as many students as possible.
  • Talent scholarships are awarded to students by individual teams or departments based on exemplary performance in a sport, art, or co-curricular activity. Athletics, Art, Music, Theatre and Debate all offer scholarships.
  • Application-based scholarships are also awarded to students who apply, meet the specific criteria for the scholarship and are selected by a review committee.
Application-based Scholarships

Applications for these scholarships are all located on the Financial Aid Applications and Forms page.

Lienhart-Minnick Scholarship

A.K. Lienhart-Minnick and Walt Minnick established a scholarship awarded annually to academically gifted high school seniors from Idaho. Scholarship recipients must have a proven record of superior academic performance in high school, an outstanding record of school or other pre-college leadership and clear potential for success in the rigorous intellectual campus environment of The College of Idaho. A combination of ACT, SAT or equivalent aptitude scores and high school grades must place the applicant in the top five percent of their graduating high school class.  Applications are due on or before February 15.

Whittenberger Fellows Scholarship

The Whittenberger Foundation gives a grant to The College of Idaho to fund the Whittenberger Fellows Scholarship. The Scholarship is a competitive scholarship for academically superior students with financial need. Applicants must possess a high school or college grade point average of at least 3.500. Applicants with pre-medical intentions or education majors receive priority consideration, but all majors are invited to apply. This scholarship may be renewed provided a recipient maintains a college cumulative grade point average of 3.000 or higher and continues to demonstrate financial need. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed for applicants and renewals to be considered.  Applications are due on or before February 15.

Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships are awarded to new students based on a combination of GPA (high school or transfer credit), SAT and ACT scores, test optional index scores and/or transfer credits accepted.

First-Year Students

For first-year students who have never attended college merit aid is awarded based primarily on high school GPA and test scores or test optional index scores. The award is guaranteed through senior year as long as scholarship criteria is continuously met and the student maintains Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Award Levels

The following table shows the average grade point averages, rank-in-class and composite ACT scores of recipients of the indicated scholarship. It is only a guide. If you are missing one or more of these factors, because your high school does not rank the students or because you are applying with our test-optional admission process, you are still eligible.

Scholarship Amount Per Year GPA High School Rank Composite ACT Score
Presidential $15,000 4.07 94.1% 29
Trustee $13,000 3.87 85.9% 26
Dean $11,000 3.67 74.0% 25
William Judson Boone $9,000 3.40 62.5% 24
PEAK $7,000 3.13 49.4% 21
Need-based Scholarships

A need-based scholarship is one that is awarded to students based on their household income. The FAFSA is required to assist in determining student need eligibility. Students from low-income families are more likely to receive need-based scholarships to help pay for college tuition. Eligibility is based solely on the assets and income of the prospective student and his or her family. Factors such as test scores or athletic ability have no bearing on need-based aid.

Talent Scholarships


Students seeking an Art scholarship must submit a digital portfolio to a non-adjunct member of the Art faculty containing at least 12 and no more than 20 high-quality digital images of their most recent art. Portfolio pieces must follow these guidelines:

  • Artwork should be recently completed within the last two years.
  • Artwork should be well lit and not photographed on a distracting background.
  • Images should be identified by title, date, media and size.
  • Other views of 3-D artwork or details can be included.
  • Images from sketchbooks should only be included to contextualize other finished artworks in portfolio.

The digital portfolio must also include a general statement of 300-500 words. The statement should be clear and grammatically written. It may consist of an account of issues such as the applicant's efforts to master the medium, attempts to explore a theme, or artistic challenges and successes.

Faculty will review the digital portfolio and statement with the student during an on-campus interview. If applicants are unable to interview in person, portfolios and statements may still be reviewed by the department. If it is practical, applicants may bring actual examples of work to their interview. The digital portfolio will be retained by the Art Department.


Students seeking an athletic scholarship must demonstrate athletic and academic achievement, and strength of character both on and off the field. The College of Idaho competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and offers talent scholarships to athletes. Scholarship awards and eligibility are directly controlled by the coaches for each sport. Students who would like to demonstrate their skills and be considered for athletic scholarships should directly contact the head coach for their sport. All varsity sports and coaches are listed on the Yote Athletics website.


Students seeking a Debate scholarship must submit a resume outlining their experience and accomplishments in Debate, Theatre or any other performance art. Recommendation letters from coaches or camp leaders are encouraged. Resumes should be submitted to a non-adjunct member of our Debate faculty. Our program offers incoming student scholarships that are highly competitive. Award amounts vary depending on the experience and achievement of the applicant.

The College of Idaho Howlin’ Yotes compete in Parliamentary Debate, International Public Debate, British Parliamentary Debate and the eleven speech events authorized by the AFA-NIET. Team members are required to participate in both speech and debate competition.


Students seeking a Music scholarship are evaluated on criteria like preparation, tone quality, stage presence, musicianship and growth potential. Students should demonstrate openness to learning, an interest in growing and a specific desire to attend The College of Idaho. Audition appointments may be arranged by contacting Evonne Earl, Academic Assistant to Music. Applicants should submit or bring the following information:

  • Names and contact information of teachers or instructors with whom the applicant studied or who know the applicant's music abilities.
  • A resume listing the number of years of musical training, vocal and/or instrumental; a list of solo literature studied; and a statement describing the applicant's musical interests and goals.

Criteria for auditions includes:

  • Vocal students should prepare two art songs or arias of contrasting styles, tempos or languages. Both songs may be sung in English. One of the songs may be from the jazz, folk or musical theatre genre.
  • Keyboard students, including piano and organ, should prepare two compositions from contrasting periods, one of which must be performed from memory.
  • Instrumental students, including winds, percussion and strings, should prepare two etudes or solos from the standard literature that demonstrate technical ability and musicianship. Percussionists will be asked to play several rudiments on the snare drum. String students should have a three-octave major scale ready to demonstrate intonation and tone quality.


Students seeking a Theatre scholarship may submit materials or audition in acting, design and technical, and playwriting. Applicants should follow these guidelines when preparing an audition or portfolio. Materials and an audition request may be submitted to a non-adjunct member of our Theatre faculty.


  • Prepare and memorize two monologues contrasting in mood and style for an audition. One monologue must be classical (preferably Shakespeare) and the other contemporary. Pieces should be from acceptable, published works and may not be stand-up routines, screenplays or original works. Each monologue should last about a minute.
  • Bring a brief resume to the audition listing productions in which the applicant appeared and the specific roles played; the place or organization where the production was produced; other positions held in theatre productions, such as crew or marketing; and any awards or honors received.

Design and Technical

Applicants for design and technical consideration must submit a brief resume listing:

  • Productions in which the application has been responsible for an aspect of design, such as set, costume or lighting.
  • Specific work performed.
  • Place or organization where the production was produced.
  • Any awards or honors received.

Additionally, please submit a portfolio containing examples, photos or drawings of your designs and the finished product.


Playwrights should prepare a portfolio containing samples of their writing, including both drafts and finished scripts. If any of the work has been produced then the portfolio should also contain examples of the produced work, like production photos, programs and playbills. Please include a brief resume listing places or organizations where the production was produced and any awards or honors received.