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Raven Scholars Program

Serving Students on the Autism Spectrum

The Raven Scholars Program is an individualized, supported-transition program for University of Idaho students on the autism spectrum. This award-winning program was founded in 2011 with funds generously donated by Tom Alberg and Judi Beck of The Raven Trust. The program is currently still operating under a gift budget and there is no additional cost for student enrollment. Participants are chosen on a first come, first serve basis.

Participation in the Raven Scholars Program provides opportunities for:

  • Weekly Planning Meetings
  • Peer-Mentoring
  • Academic Support
  • Individual Social Skills Coaching
  • Life and Social Skills Classes
  • Coordination of Campus Services
  • Monthly Social Events
  • Advocacy
  • Service Learning Opportunities
  • Raven Scholars Student Lounge

How to Participate:

Enroll: INTR 101-07 is a two credit course designed for individuals on the Autism Spectrum to aid in developing Executive Functioning (organization, time management, etc.,) and Life or Social skills with Peer-Mentor support. The class can be taken for up to three times for any given degree. This is a great way to help students develop strong habits early on, freshmen are strongly encouraged to enroll. This class is open to all University of Idaho students. Students will also be invited to participate in monthly social events. 

Apply: For individualized, one-on-one support and weekly planning meetings with the Coordinator, please download and complete the application and return by email to or by mail to Raven Scholars Program 875 Perimeter Drive MS 4257, Moscow, ID 83844. 

Wait-Listed Applicants: There is an active wait-list for Fall-2020, however, students are still encouraged to take the INTR 101-07 course, CRN: 41813. When a spot on the wait-list opens, the first-come, first-serve policy will come into effect. The first individual on the wait-list will be contacted via their email and will be given a two week grace period to accept the spot before it is offered to the next student on the list. Priority is in order of enrolled U of I students, by date of application received.

Become a Peer-Mentor or Volunteer: Raven Scholars offers a Peer-Mentor internship for credit through PSYC 498-02. Students can login to Handshake and search Raven Scholars to learn more. Students may also go through the same application and background check process if they simply wish to volunteer, but they will not enroll in PSYC 498. 

Students who would like to learn more about the University of Idaho and participation in the Raven Scholars program are welcome to contact us and arrange a visit. Email Raven Scholars coordinator, Leslie Gwartney, at or call 208-885-9107.

About Us

The Raven Scholars program supports University of Idaho students who are on the Autism Spectrum by providing coordination of campus services, peer mentoring, social and life skills coaching, supported decision making and strategies to improve academic, social and life skills.

The Raven Scholars program will be an exemplification of how to empower individuals on the Autism Spectrum to reach their academic performance goals, develop strong self-advocacy skills and prepare for meaningful careers.  

The Raven Scholars program embraces values that support the university’s strategic planning and goals. We value:

  • Personal and institutional transformation
  • Academic excellence
  • Independence
  • Diversity
  • Inclusion
  • Empowerment

  1. Empower program participants to achieve academic success and participate fully in the university experience.
  2. Provide insight, support and knowledge about autism to members of the campus community.
  3. Enrich the diversity of the campus culture through the inclusion of people who are on the autism spectrum.
  4. Encourage program participants to develop meaningful careers and make valuable contributions to their communities.

Program Awards and Recognition

Two of Raven Scholars Peer-mentors, Sue Winger and Leah Fisk, are featured for this spring's commencement!

Check out the March 2019 article, Putting the Person First, which features interviews of two Raven Scholar students in U of I's Blot Magazine.

University of Idaho group helps students find their way, but future funding remains uncertain.  Click here to read the story.

The Raven Scholars Program was also given credit when The University of Idaho was named one of the Top 20 Best Online Colleges for Students with Autism in 2017 by They looked at universities and colleges across the nation measuring freshman retention and graduation rates as well as commitment to students on the spectrum.

The Raven Scholars Program won The May Dunn Ward Innovative Program Award in 2012 for programmatic innovation to creatively address student learning. The award was presented by The Northwest Association of Student Affair Professionals

Contact Us

Idaho Student Union Building Room 330

Mailing Address:
CDAR #4257

Phone: 208-885-9107


Web: Strategic Plan

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Bruce M. Pitman Center, Suite 127

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS-4257
Moscow, ID 83844-4257

Phone: 208-885-6307

Fax: 208-885-9404


Web: Strategic Plan

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