Resident Scholar Program
Housing & Residence Life's invests in students who are dedicated to academic achievement and who serve as role models for scholarship. The goal of our Resident Scholar Program is to encourage and reward academic success. Undergraduate students who live in the residence halls and graduate with a bachelor's degree within four years are awarded. Housing & Residence Life rewards our scholars with $1,500 after graduation.
- Applications for spring graduation are due April 1st of each year. Applications for fall graduation are due November 1st of each year. The Fall 2017 application will open in August.
Congratulations to our 2017 Resident Scholar Program award winners!
I've lived in Wallace for all four years for my undergraduate degree. The first three years I lived in Wiley and the last year I lived in Ballard. I originally stayed in Wiley on the 6th floor without a roommate for the first semester. The next semester I meet my roommate and now my life long best friend Jasmine, we have been roommates ever since. Living on campus has been great because you get a meal plan so you don’t have to cook for yourself and I can get to class faster than living off campus, all at a reasonable price.
There are also great events put on by University Housing and Resident Life that are free and most of the time snacks are included! I’ve had a great time living in Wallace and meet so many wonderful people, if I had the choice to live on campus or off campus I would definitely live on campus again.
Residence halls are convenient and their proximity to class is unmatched. Like most freshmen, I had to stay in the dorms and ended up on the ninth floor of the Theophilus Tower. Having to share the bathroom with 40 other people was a new experience but easy to get used to. The floors on the tower were socially oriented. I would see people using the hall as an extension of their room and going from room to room to hang out. I moved into the Living Learning Community (LLC) for the next three years. I consider myself a private person and that’s what the LLC provided for me. However, I did stay in a double, with a roommate for all three years.
I have participated in a variety of different housing events such as, pumpkin carving, movies on the tower lawn, a welcome back party, and playing lots of Mario Cart on social nights. Sometimes I get asked by people who live in houses or apartments why I live in the dorms. Once the housing fee is paid I get free Wi-Fi, free laundry, sometimes free food, and if I’m ever feeling bored there’s usually a housing event going on somewhere.
Staying in the Residence Halls my four years has been the best decision I have ever made. My first year I lived in Wallace; the following year I moved to the Living Learning Communities. I choose the Global living Experience LLC! It was awesome!
My first roommate was Song, she is from Seoul, South Korea. She became one of my closest friends along with my other suitemate Lauren who was extremely talented as a costume designer. I have had suitemates from Brazil, Finland, Vietnam and Senegal. They were all so amazing. I love my LLC because there is always good food being made in the kitchen and people are not afraid to share. Everyone is excited to tell you about their country, culture and food.
Living in the residence halls has exposed me to different cultures and people and allowed me to live comfortably. I have made the LLC’s my home. I like knowing that I can get to Ag Sci in less than five minutes and I don’t have a long walk to get to different places on campus. It has been extremely convenient to live here because we have cable, free laundry, a great lounge with a pool table, an air hockey table and a smart TV. There are also great study rooms for when you don’t want to study in your room or walk to the library.
The different programming events put on by the RA’s are great! My RA started off the academic year with pretty funny cow jokes. It made my day walking by and reading one joke before going to class. We also went ice-skating. I had never been ice-skating in my life so it was fun to go together as a group, learn to ice-skate and it was free. Overall, living in the LLC’s has allowed me to be exposed to opportunities and experiences that would be hard to replicate if I lived off campus.
Brooke and Megan Sausser
We spent our first year on campus in the Tower living on the 10th floor with the Honors program. Not only did we have an amazing view, but we also got to meet and live with other amazing men and women in the program. The next year we moved with several other Honors students to Scholars LLC, where we enjoyed a little more privacy but as many friends. We loved the convenience and atmosphere so much we stayed another year, where our favorite thing at the end of a day is to cook with everyone else downstairs.
We will miss living with so many other like-minded students, and we hope other incoming students take advantage of the convenience and sense of community living in the residence halls.
When I first started college, I didn't know very many people but I kept my door open while I was home so I could meet people in my dorm. From doing this I've met some of my best friends that I have today including my best friend Tyler and my girlfriend Breanna. I met Tyler my freshman year and roomed with him till he graduated halfway through my junior year and never could imagine my life without him as my friend.
After Tyler graduated I still had some friends in college in the dorms but they soon graduated while I had one more year left. If I hadn't stayed in the dorms for all four years of my college career I would never have met these awesome people and more who I haven't mentioned and likely would be living a vastly different life. If I had to do it again I would still have lived in the dorms for all four years of college and would definitely recommend living in the dorms during your time in college cause you will meet people you never expected you could meet and likely more.
"Living in Wallace, I was able to meet people who I love to hang out with including Breanna, the love of my life”
I've thoroughly enjoyed my time majoring in Electrical Engineering at the University of Idaho and living in the Residence Halls. I lived on the first floor of the Tower my freshman year and have lived in the Engineering LLC for the past three years.
Living on campus has been a huge advantage. Living extremely close to the engineering buildings means that if I'm tired during one of my breaks from classes, I can just take a short walk back to my room and take a nap: one of my favorite perks! It also makes it really easy to make friends; I made a friendship in the Tower that has lasted my entire time in college, and I'm sure will last for life. I'll definitely miss my little home away from home (my dorm room) when I graduate this May.
“I made a friendship in the Tower that I’m sure will last for life”
I chose to live in the Residences Halls all 4 years because of its convenience. My first year I lived on the Honors floor of the Tower. Several of us moved into Scholars LLC the following year. I am still friends with many of my hall mates from my freshman year.
As a dance major, I often had rehearsals until late at night. Because I lived on campus, I didn't have to worry about driving to campus and finding parking, or having to walk to an apartment late at night.
I also enjoyed that I was able to chose whether or not I had a meal plan, and for the last two years I have cooked for myself rather than eating in the dining halls.
After four years at the University of Idaho, I am very grateful for the countless memories I’ve made. Living on campus aided in my academic pursuits as I was able to conveniently access the many resources provided on campus. More importantly, I met the person who would become one of my closest friends because we lived on the same floor of the Tower.
The aspect of the University of Idaho that stands out the most is the people. My friends, colleagues and instructors have taught me a lot about my area of study, but even more about collaboration and what it means to be a Vandal. I was able to thrive in an academic environment where my professors inspired me to challenge my skills as a designer. I am excited to move on and graduate, but I know I will always consider UI to be my second home.
“I’m really happy that living on campus allowed me to meet so many people outside my major”
University of Idaho has been like a second home to me. I lived in Upham (the all freshman LLC) my first year at UI and Gault for the rest of my time here. Every year I had a new roommate so I got to know a lot of people and make new friends every year. My current roommate has actually come to me for advice about her major and I have helped her study for classes that I took during my undergraduate studies. It was amazing to get a chance to help someone younger than me succeed and I don't think I would have had this experience if I hadn't lived in the residence halls.
There was always something to do and new people to talk to. Living on campus was perfect for me because I was able to make my own meals and be independent but also close by so it was easy for me to participate in a close by event. I will really miss living at the University of Idaho and look forward to visiting as often as I can.