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Local student accepts Heritage Scholarship

April 26, 2019

The College of Idaho added another impressive student to its list of Heritage Scholars earlier this week as Patrick Mark, a senior at Riverstone International School in Boise, committed to attend the College.

The Heritage Scholarship provides full-tuition scholarships to highly qualified students with exceptional intellectual ability, as well as admittance to the Gipson Honors Program. Mark, who has a 3.89 grade-point average and scored over 1400 on his SAT, plans on studying business and will pursue pre-med as well. See part of his signing event here.

“The faculty cares about the students as individuals,” Mark said. “The school has great connections for research and internships, and C of I wants to make a positive experience in Idaho.”

Dr. Rochelle Johnson of the College’s Environmental Studies department is part of the selection committee that met with Mark and selected him to receive the scholarship. She noted his diverse set of skills along with his impressive academics.

“Patrick Mark represents an ideal sort of college student. His interests are varied and rich, his intellectual ambitions are high, and he is deeply interested in being challenged as a thinker,” Johnson said. “It’s not every day that you meet a student who became a chef so that he can cook healthy meals for his family, a pilot so he can experience soaring above the world, and a founder of one of his school’s environmental organization, who also has a stellar record of academic performance.”

Mark is the second Blue Cross Heritage Scholar, joining Timmer Verhaege. Blue Cross of Idaho is partnering with The College of Idaho to fund Heritage Scholarships to help provide opportunity for Idaho students.

The College of Idaho has a 128-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