Idaho Opportunity Scholarship for Adult Learners

  • Open – Deadlines follow:
    • 12/01/19 – Spring / Winter (BYU Idaho)
    • 03/15/20 – Spring (BYU Idaho)
    • 04/15/20 – Summer
    • 07/01/20 – Fall
  • Need-based award
  • Requires at least a 2.7 unweighted cumulative GPA
  • Must attend an eligible Idaho college or university.

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 year and is renewable for up to four years.

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


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

  • Have an unweighted, cumulative GPA of 2.7 or above
  • Be an Idaho resident
  • Must be working towards their first undergraduate degree or certificate
  • Must have earned at least 24 postsecondary credits before a cease in enrollment
  • Must not have attended a postsecondary institution within the last 24 months
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress for financial aid purposes. See program rules for more details
  • Must attend an eligible Idaho college or university

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.