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A Promise to Idaho's Students

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Expanding access to educational excellence is the University of Idaho’s promise to hard-working students. You can help us fulfill this promise. Through the most ambitious comprehensive campaign in Idaho’s history, you will guarantee greater opportunities for students to learn, discover, connect and build a brighter future. Together, we are an unstoppable force for positive impact.

You Empower Experiential Learning

University of Idaho student Claire Qualls smiles at camera mid air self portrait during tandem skydive parachute over central Washington

“I think going into medicine is the perfect metaphor for skydiving…I don’t know where I’ll land but that’s not my focus right now. Just have to take the first leap.”

A chemistry and pre-med major, Claire Qualls isn’t your typical student. She’s a licensed EMT with an eye toward a career in emergency medicine. She explores archaeological chemistry and presented her work at a national conference. She’s got a bucket list; she’s got a focus and her leaps have purpose. Because of scholarships, Claire has time to investigate her interests and dive into experiences that will embolden her career.

  • EDUCATION IS ABOUT
    MORE
    THAN CLASSES

  • 75%
    of information is retained through hands-on learning vs. 5% for lecture

  • Nationwide
    79.9%
    of eligible interns receive a job offer after graduation

  • 49%
    of employers are more likely to hire college graduates with experiential learning on their resume

Our promise to Idaho’s students

A rigorous, supportive environment with robust out-of-the-classroom learning opportunities — because the most transformational experiences extend beyond traditional coursework and study in the classroom. To fulfill this promise, the University of Idaho must grow current programs and build new offerings that foster holistic student success. From pre-college readiness, student life, health and wellbeing to research, tutoring, education abroad and volunteerism, we’re expanding programs that build community and develop essential, well-rounded skills for the leaders of tomorrow.

You Are Removing Barriers

University of Idaho student Avelardo Vargas Juarez leads black and white diary cow toward camera, other dairy cows' heads poke through feeding headstocks to eat hay in background.

Avelardo Vargas didn’t grow up planning to work in the dairy industry, but life has a way of showing you exactly where you need to be. Once he firmed his goal he discovered his path to U of I through the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) and Chobani Scholars Program.

He didn’t stop there. Once on campus, he joined the Dairy Club and became a CALS Ambassador and an Agriculture Future of America Campus Ambassador. He saw a growing need to address issues and support underrepresented students in agriculture and became a founding member of the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences club. Scholarships helped Avelardo open doors — doors he’s holding open for others.

  • THE NEED IS
    GREAT
    AND GROWING

  • U of I students had
    $25M
    in total unmet need for 2020-21

  • By 2025,
    62%
    of all jobs in Idaho will require some education beyond high school

  • Only
    44%
    of Idaho’s young adults hold a college degree or professional certificate

Our promise to Idaho’s students

That every motivated student in Idaho who earns a coveted spot at the University of Idaho has the opportunity to enroll, thrive in their studies and graduate on time with less debt. To fulfill this promise, the University of Idaho must provide more pathways to college that assist students through navigating the application and admission process, providing the scholarships necessary to enroll and persist in their educational pursuits and ensuring all those hard-working students that qualify for the university have the necessary support to succeed.

You Propel Meaningful Careers

University of Idaho student Wyryor Noil, pronounced warrior, faces to left of frame and smiles under black mask while demonstrating proper arm placement to Moscow High School PE student wearing bright gold shirt in near foreground.

Wyryor Noil’s face breaks into a smile when he talks about educating kids and having an impact in their lives.

He knew from an early age that he had a knack for finding ways to communicate with younger students and wanted to turn that into a career. His face lights up when he talks about becoming a P.E. teacher. Wyryor chose secondary education when he became a Vandal, and as a student P.E. teacher in Moscow, he’s not just learning from experience — he’s embracing the experiential learning model as a teaching method.

  • IDAHO
    THRIVES
    ON WORKFORCE-READY GRADUATES

  • U of I is ranked in the top
    15%
    for social mobility among national universities

  • $108K
    Median mid-career salary for U of I grads

  • $53.4K
    average early career pay for graduates

Our promise to Idaho’s students

Is an educational experience that develops the knowledge, skills and relevant experience to enter the workforce and excel in a successful and rewarding career. To fulfill this promise, the University of Idaho must grow its immersive, industry-partner programs so that graduates are ready to add value from their first day on the job. Through internships, externships, cooperative learning, mentoring and industry engagement, students gain a comprehensive worldview, solution-oriented mindset, inquisitive intellect and an aspiration to contribute in an ever-changing global landscape.

Help Fulfill The Promise

Give Boldly

Expand educational opportunities, empower students and enhance learning experiences. A college experience should never be out of reach.

GIVE NOW

Other Ways To Give

Explore one of many options — from donor-advised funds to gifts of real estate — and find a way that works for you to make a lasting impact for Vandals.

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WHY RON GIVES

"I received a great education from U of I that I can hold up against any school. Idaho's best and brightest deserve to achieve the highest level they can reach."
Ron S., Houston, Texas

 

Why Melissa Volunteers

“I love the University of Idaho! I want to ensure U of I alumni continue to have a strong connection with the university; ultimately, I think it helps enhance current students’ experiences and opportunities.”
Melissa L., Eagle, Idaho

 

WHY JANET GIVES

"U of I is a terrific school. My time at the university prepared me for a meaningful career by arming me with critical thinking skills and a deep-seated curiosity about life and the world."
Janet S., Ketchum, Idaho

The University of Idaho has a bold vision: To propel Idaho forward by empowering our students. Watch the previously recorded campaign kick-off event from Oct. 8, 2021 in the ICCU Arena.

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