Idaho Opportunity Scholarship

The Opportunity Scholarship application is now closed for the 2017-18 academic year. The application will be available here on Sunday, October 1, 2017 for the 2018-19 academic year.

The demand for a well educated workforce was just one of the driving forces behind the creation of Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter’s Opportunity Scholarship.

Students who are current recipients of the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship must complete a renewal application every year.


To qualify for the scholarship, a student must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have an unweighted, cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Be an Idaho resident
  • Be a graduate from an Idaho high school or its equivalent (GED from Idaho)
  • Complete the State Board of Education scholarship application by March 1
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to March 1
  • Enroll as a full-time undergraduate student seeking their first undergraduate degree at Lewis-Clark State College, University of Idaho, Boise State University, Idaho State University, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Northwest Nazarene University, or College of Idaho; OR enroll at least three-quarter time at College of Western Idaho, College of Southern Idaho, Eastern Idaho Technical College, or North Idaho College
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress for financial aid purposes. See program rules for more details.

For further details on eligibility and program administration please see the following links:

Act now to contribute to Idaho’s Opportunity Scholarship Fund.
It’s easy!
Just check the box on your Idaho tax return designating a portion of your refund to the Opportunity Scholarship. Your donation will help hundreds of Idahoans in their quest for post-secondary education. Higher education leads to better jobs, a stronger economy and a more viable citizenry. Everyone benefits from education. Donations are needed now more than ever. Give a fellow Idahoan the opportunity to better themselves and their community through education.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, this application will be provided in alternate form upon request.

Scholarships Program Manager

Joy Miller Email

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