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Resident High School Scholarships

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The Go Idaho! Scholarship Program recognizes our new, first-time undergraduate students who are residents of Idaho with a guaranteed minimum level of scholarship funding. Students who are admitted and meet the following criteria are guaranteed to receive the level of funding listed below from a combination of U of I scholarships. This funding level is guaranteed for up to three additional years with a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Category Accredited High School Unweighted GPA Level of Funding
Vandal Pride Award 3.9 - 4.0 $6,500
Vandal Summit Award 3.75 - 3.899 $4,500
Vandal Excellence Award 3.4 - 3.749 $3,000
Vandal Merit Award 3.0 - 3.399 $1,000

Home school students will be considered based on ACT and SAT scores.

New students will receive general, non-department awarded scholarships their first year to meet their guaranteed level of funding. Department awarded scholarships will go to students who have previously attended U of I to help meet their guaranteed level of funding.

This means, as a new student, you will receive the same dollar amount of scholarships (based on guaranteed level of funding), but it will not be tied to your academic area of study. This process allows you to explore different academic areas of study without losing scholarships if you change your academic major.

By maintaining a minimum 2.5 GPA, Go Idaho! program qualifiers are guaranteed to receive this level of funding for up to four years. Additional need-based funds may be available based on the results of your FAFSA.

Award notifications will begin in early Jan.

The University of Idaho is a first choice for aspiring leaders from around the U.S. In fact, we are a leader among schools in the Northwest and enroll more National Merit Scholars than all Idaho institutions combined.

The Idaho National Merit Scholar program guarantees a full-ride scholarship that covers university-defined educational costs for basic tuition and fees, housing and meals in a U of I residence hall for four years to all National Merit Finalists who declare the University of Idaho their first choice institution.

How do I qualify for the National Merit Scholarship?

  • Achieve Finalist standing with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
  • Be admitted as a first year student entering direct from high school or home school.
  • Submit a copy of your National Merit Finalist letter to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Declare the University of Idaho as first school of choice with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation by their deadline of May 31.

What is the Value of the National Merit Scholarship?

This award covers basic registration fees/tuition and the university-defined cost for room and board for a traditional undergraduate as long as you live in a U of I residence hall. Fees/tuition are set by the state board of education in April. The value of this award for the 2021-22 academic year is $18,254 for Idaho residents. For non-residents, a full non-resident tuition waiver (value $19,236) is also included. That's over $69,000 in cash scholarships plus a full non-resident tuition waiver for non-residents over four years. The best news is that the value of the scholarship increases at the same rate as costs increase.

Will the National Merit Scholarship cover all my expenses?

The fee portion of the scholarship covers basic registration/tuition fees only. You will be responsible to pay for special course and lab fees. The room/board portion provides an allowance if you live in a U of I residence hall. The amount is the university-defined cost for a double room in Theophilus Tower (home to Honors Living), and a standard meal plan for a typical undergraduate.

How do I continue to receive the National Merit Scholarship?

Maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative U of I GPA and enroll full-time each semester (a minimum of 12 credits). You may receive the award up to eight semesters.

Take advantage of external resources such as non-University of Idaho specific scholarships. It pays to search and apply. Any extra resource you bring in can help pay for the great education offered at the U of I.

Although you are automatically considered for any university-based scholarships for which you are eligible, we highly recommend that you consider additional sources of funding. Speak with your guidance counselor and check with family employers, credit unions, churches and other community organizations to see if they offer scholarships. Financial aid has a resource center located inside the financial aid office in The Pitman Center. You will find documents relating to other aid options, including a large list of outside scholarships. You may also find some of the following links helpful. 

Idaho State Sources

Military Sources

ROTC Military Scholarships

The United States Air Force, Army, and Navy offer government scholarships to students who participate in their ROTC programs.

United States Army ROTC

This program offers 3 ½ year, 3 year, 2 ½ year and 2 year on campus scholarships that will pay for in/out state tuition and fees, pay $510 for books annually, and give at least $250 per month as a stipend while in school. National three-year advance designee (3AD) scholarship recipients will receive $1,000 each semester for their first year in the program. Call: University of Idaho Army ROTC for application at 208-885-6528.

United States Air Force ROTC

This program offers scholarships to students who have at least two years remaining towards their bachelor degree when the scholarship starts. Air Force ROTC scholarship awards may be as follows: Type I: Pays tuition, books, fees, and a monthly stipend during the academic year. Type II: The same as Type I, except tuition costs are limited to $9,000 per year. Call: University of Idaho Unit Admissions Officer, AFROTC Detachment 905, at 208-885-6129 or 800-622-5088.

United State Navy/Marine ROTC

This program offers scholarships to students selected through national competition. These scholarships cover college tuition, lab fees, books, uniforms, and include a monthly stipend. Call: University of Idaho, Commanding Officer, Naval Science Department at 208-885-6333. 

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Scholarship Universe

Scholarship Universe - Scholarship Universe makes it easier to find scholarships. By answering a few questions, they are able to locate awards that match up with you. The Scholarship Universe dashboard also provides a quick and convenient way to keep up with upcoming application deadlines.

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Student Financial Aid Services

Physical Address:

Bruce M. Pitman Center
Room 101

709 Deakin Avenue
Moscow, ID 83844

Mailing Address:
Student Financial Aid Office
875 Perimeter Dr
MS 4291
Moscow, ID 83844-4291

Phone: 208-885-6312

Fax: 208-885-5592