Idaho Opportunity Scholarship for Adult Learners

Application Deadlines


12/01/19 – Spring / BYU-Idaho Winter
03/15/20 – BYU-Idaho Spring Semester
04/15/20 – Summer
07/01/20 – Fall

  • Need-based award
  • Requires at least a 2.5 unweighted cumulative GPA
  • Must attend an eligible Idaho college or university.

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Recognizing the need for a well-educated workforce, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and the Idaho Legislature established the Opportunity Scholarship to remove barriers to higher education and prepare college/university graduates to enter the workforce.  The Opportunity Scholarship awards eligible applicants up to $3,500 per academic year and is renewable for up to four years.

The scholarship funds are available per school year; recipients must renew each year and are eligible to receive the scholarship for a maximum of four years.

Eligibility:

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

  • Have an unweighted, cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Be an Idaho resident
  • Graduate or will graduate from an Idaho high school or its equivalent or Idaho home school (GED/HSE from Idaho)
  • Must be working towards their undergraduate degree or certificate, up to a first bachelor’s degree
  • Must have earned at least 24 postsecondary credits before a cease in enrollment
  • Completed a maximum of two classes within the last 24 months
  • FAFSA Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by the application deadline
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress for financial aid purposes. (See program rules for more details.)
  • Must attend one of these eligible Idaho colleges or universities:
    • Boise State University
    • Brigham Young University – Idaho
    • College of Idaho
    • College of Southern Idaho
    • College of Western Idaho
    • College of Eastern Idaho
    • Idaho State University
    • Lewis-Clark State College
    • North Idaho College
    • Northwest Nazarene University
    • University of Idaho

For further details on eligibility and program administration please see the following links:
Idaho Statute Title 33 – Education, Chapter 43 – Scholarships
Idaho Administrative Procedures Act (IDAPA) Rule 08.01.13 

Act now to contribute to Idaho’s Opportunity Scholarship Fund. It’s easy!
Are you a taxpayer who would like to help send a student without sufficient financial means to college?

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 postsecondary education. Higher education leads to better jobs, a stronger economy and a more viable citizenry. Everyone benefits from education. Donations are needed 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.