Campaign Goal: $40 million
$55 M

Donor Stories

the RobbinsRobert and Dorothy Robbins

The son of UI alumni has created a $425,000 endowment to honor his parents Robert and Dorothy Robbins. Dean Robbins, living in California, has partnered with the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) to establish a $425,000 endowment honoring his parents and their commitment to higher education via the Robert and Dorothy Robbins Faculty Fellowship Endowment. Read more

Renae SimmonsenThe Simmonsens

Marty and Diane Simmonsen, along with their son, Chris, and his wife, Brittany, established The Renae Simmonsen Memorial Endowment as a way to forever remember Renae and her passion for the Vandals and the apparel industry, and to benefit students pursuing similar passions in Clothing, Textiles and Design. Read more

Phil SoulenPhil Soulen

Alumni Phil Soulen speaks movingly on the importance of supporting University of Idaho students in their quest for an education—and an inspiring future. See the video

Carmelita SpencerCarmelita Spencer

Family & consumer sciences alum Carmelita Spencer of Grangeville is quick to say why she just donated half a million dollars to the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Read more

Thiessens Wayne and Peggy Thiessen

The Thiessens, who met and fell in love back in their Idaho 4-H and University of Idaho days, have committed more than $1 million in donations to the Collage of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS).
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YoungstromRobert Youngstrom and Mary Youngstrom Stunz

Robert C. Youngstrom ‘57, ‘62, Boise and his sister Mary Youngsgtrom Stunz ‘61, California, each donated $100,000 to found the Youngstrom 4-H Faculty Endowment honoring their parents Carol O. and Elizabeth E. Youngstrom. Their father, Carol, served the university for 40 years, including 25 years as associate director of what is now UI Extension. Both parents were active supporters of 4-H and both were inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame in 2002.
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ZennerRuss and Kathy Zenner

The Zenners, family farmers from Genesee, donated 1,000 bushels of wheat through the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, generating over $7,000 for agricultural research.
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