“Your life has purpose. Your story is important. Your dreams count. Your voice matters. You were born to make an impact.” —Rae Smith
The Impact Scholars Program addresses the underrepresentation and underachievement of students with foster care experience in higher education. Research shows that young adults who have spent time in the foster care system are more likely to go to jail, be jobless or homeless than they are to earn a college degree. Impact Scholars are rewriting statistics. Impact Scholars are students who have been impacted by foster care, then go on to achieve success through higher education. Becoming an Impact Scholar means making a positive difference in your life and leaving an impact of your own on others. Through the Impact Scholars Program, you can:
- Earn a bachelor’s degree
- Get financial and academic support
- Belong to a community
- Give back to youth in foster care
The mission of the Impact Scholars Program is to increase enrollment, retention and graduation rates of students with foster care experience who attend Boise State University. By engaging, supporting, and equipping students to take ownership of their college experience, Impact Scholars become authors of personal and community change.
- Engage Impact Scholars in academics, campus life and leadership development to help them take full advantage of college.
- Support Impact Scholars with financial planning, academic assistance and mentorships to promote retention and well-being.
- Equip Impact Scholars to achieve educational and career goals by creating opportunities for networking and civic engagement.
As a former foster youth, you may have experienced little control over your circumstances, but those circumstances don’t have to limit your future. Becoming an Impact Scholar will help you own your college experience and increase your opportunities for success in everything you do. Benefits include:
- Impact Scholar Events
- Leadership Development
- Peer Support
- Career Counseling/Post Graduation Planning
- Giving Back to Youth in Foster Care
- Impact Scholars Scholarships
- Admission/Enrollment Guidance
- Financial Aid Counseling
- Academic Advising and Support
To enroll in the Impact Scholars Program, you must:
- Be a current Boise State student or qualify for admission as a freshman or transfer student, as determined by Boise State Admissions.
- Be an undergraduate, degree-seeking student with foster care experience.
- Apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA.
To remain eligible you must:
- Maintain continuous enrollment at Boise State.
- Be receptive to staff monitoring academic performance.
- Participate in recommended academic/support services.
- Complete semester evaluations.
- Abide by university standards for appropriate conduct/community behavior.
To apply for the the Impact Scholars Program, complete the following process:
- Review eligibility requirements above.
- Complete the Impact Scholars Application here. Once an account has been created, you may log out and return to edit or complete the application before submitting.
- After application is received and reviewed by staff, you’ll get a decision within two weeks.
* If you have not applied to Boise State yet, but would like to receive more information about the Impact Scholars program, please contact the coordinator: (208) 426-1527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paying for College
College IS expensive, but earning a degree can make a big difference in your future—especially your financial future. A college education gives you the skills and provides the networking you need to be successful in finding the right career for you in today’s competitive job market.
A breakdown of how Impact Scholars pay for their education at Boise State:
Total cost of attendance for ONE YEAR for a full-time, Idaho resident is about $22, 000.
- Pell Grant [about $5,800]
- ETV Scholarship [up to $5,000]
- Other Grants/Scholarships [IS average about 5,000]
- Federal student loans* [IS average, about $6,000]
- 9 months Work Study or part-time, minimum wage job = $4,000
Total = $25,800
*Loans are the ONLY amounts you have to pay back. The more scholarships and/or employment you have, the cheaper school will be!
You don’t have to figure this out on your own. For questions about paying for college, call us at (208) 426-1527.
The following Boise State offices can help:
- Academic workshops, tutoring, major exploration → Advising and Academic Enhancement
- Campus housing, rent payments, living learning communities → Housing and Residence Life
- Classroom accommodations, assistive technology → Educational Access Center
- Financial aid questions/concerns, loan counseling → Financial Aid
- Job searching, career planning, internships, résumés → Career Center
- LGBTQIA and women’s wellness services, gender equity →Gender Equity Center
- Legal services, emergency funds, student grievances → Dean of Students Office
- Medical, counseling, and wellness services → Health Services
- Multicultural support, training and programs → Multicultural Student Services
- Student records, registering for classes, transfer credits → Office of the Registrar
- TRiO services for first-generation, low-income college students → Rising Scholars Program
- Using your GI Bill benefits, veteran support services → Veteran Services
- Writing/editing consultation, writing strategies → Writing Center
Additional off-campus resources and support:
- Community resources in Ada County → Self-Rescue Manual
- Connect and give back with other foster care alum → Foster Care Alumni of America
- Foster care publications, research, and resources → Casey Family Programs
- Leadership development for current and former foster youth → FosterClub
- Idaho colleges with campus support for foster youth → Idaho Fostering Success Network
- Independent living services, ETV application → IDHW Independent Living Program
- Resource database for older foster youth → National Resource Center for Youth Development
- Transferring from another Idaho institution → idtransfer.org
To help you stay on top of your finances, check out these resources:
- Financial Topics for College Students
- Understanding Taxes
- Repayment Plans for Federal Loans
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
- Boise State Scholarship Application
- Lightfoot Foundation
- Idaho Department of Education – Opportunity Scholarship
- Department of Labor: Scholarships by Category
click to enter as CIS guest → Education tab, Get Help Paying for School heading → select Scholarships by Category)
- Idaho Community Foundation
- Women’s Opportunity Awards
- Education and Training Voucher (ETV)
- Foster Care to Success
- Legacy Scholarship (Kevin Y. Brown of Legacy Labs)
- The College Board: A-Z Scholarship Database
- Private Scholarships Bulletin Board
Mentor an Impact Scholar
We’re looking for Boise State University faculty, staff and alumni from a variety of fields, experiences, and interests to mentor current and new students in the Impact Scholars Program.
What We Do…
Impact Scholars Program serves students who were formerly in foster care. We help them enroll in higher education, stay in school, and earn a degree. The program engages, supports, and equips scholars to take ownership of their college experience and embark as authors of personal and community change. Support comes through the Office of the Dean of Students in the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
Your Commitment as a Mentor
- Attend mentor orientation
- Connect with your scholar weekly
- Be a supportive adult and role model
Apply for mentorship and help keep former foster youth on track to academic success.
Impact Scholars have little or no financial help from family to fund their education. Through donor support of scholarships, we can ensure that great potential is not left unrealized because of an inability to bear the cost of a university education.You can provide Impact Scholars with additional scholarships to supplement their financial aid and reduce their need for student loans. Your gift will help these resilient young adults beat the odds and attain a college education.
Make your donation to the Impact Scholars Scholarship fund online today.
Are you a Boise State faculty, staff or alumni interested in mentoring our Impact Scholar students? Check out the commitment and apply today.