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Idaho businessman Winston Moore makes million dollar gift to support College of Idaho scholarships

June 5, 2018
Idaho businessman Winston Moore stands with international students from the C of I.

Long-time Boise commercial real estate pioneer Winston Moore has committed a $1 million gift to The College of Idaho in support of student scholarships. Moore’s gift will establish the Winston Moore Scholars program that will directly benefit scores of C of I students over a period of five years, including the following programs:   

  • Several students (both domestic and international) will receive $15,000 scholarships each year for the next five years.
  • The gift will provide the salary and benefits for the Outdoor Program Director for the next five years as the C of I continues to grow the program to engage more and more students.
  • Funds will also be provided for five years to offer outdoor leadership experiences for 100 students who otherwise might not be able to participate in the high impact programs.
  • Additional funds will be set aside to support other high-impact practices such as internships and research projects. 

“We are so thankful to Winston for supporting our students in such a direct and impactful way,” said C of I Co-President Jim Everett. “Winston loves Idaho and the outdoors and knows that connecting students to the kind of high-impact practices that our outdoor leadership experience provides, along with the quality and high-touch education delivered at The College of Idaho, is a winning combination.”

 “Winston has taken time to meet our students and to speak to classes. He has become a great mentor for our students and in turn has grown to love getting to know them” said C of I Co-President Doug Brigham.  “This is a great day for the students at The College of Idaho and we are so grateful.”

“I believe that the new leadership team at The College of Idaho, Co-Presidents Everett and Brigham, with assistance from Marty Holly, will take the C of I to heights no one has yet dreamt of,” said Moore. “And accordingly, I’m delighted to be able to help them move ahead.”

In response to the generosity of Winston and his late wife Diane, the Outdoor Program Center has been named the Winston and Diane Moore Outdoor Program Center and remains located in the lower level of the McCain Student Union Building on the Caldwell campus.

The College of Idaho has a 127-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit