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Operation Education
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Phone: (208) 885-9026
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3150
Moscow, ID 83844-3150

Questions about giving?

Email Jim Zuba
Phone: (208) 885-4142
Jim Zuba
Operation Education Development

Email Dan Button
Phone: (208) 885-7979
Dan Button
Veterans Advisor


  • What is Operation Education?
    Operation Education is a scholarship program designed to help veterans with permanent disabilities or their spouses who seek to attain a degree at the University of Idaho.
  • What are the eligibility requirements to be considered for Operation Education?
    Students looking to apply for the Operation Education Scholarship Program must be an honorably separated U.S. military veteran from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Reserves or National Guard, or a spouse of such a veteran. The veteran must have a service connected injury caused or aggravated by military service after September 11, 2001, and as a result of that injury, have a physical disability that severely impacts function of one or more major life activities. The veteran or spouse also must meet the requirements for admission to the University of Idaho as a degree-seeking student.
  • I am a spouse of a veteran with a disability. Am I eligible for the Operation Education Program?
    Yes. If you are the spouse of an honorably separated U.S. military veteran who received a service connected injury after Sept. 11, 2001, and meet the requirements for admission to the University of Idaho as a degree-seeking student enrolled in full-time undergraduate, graduate or law classes, you may be eligible to receive support from the Operation Education Scholarship Program.
  • What resources can the program provide?
    Operation Education provides financial assistance to supplement costs not otherwise covered, and academic and social support. Assistance may include direct educational costs such as fees, tuition and textbooks, on-campus housing support, transportation, adaptive equipment, medical assistance, child care, tutoring and accommodative services.
  • Where can I go to apply?
    You can apply online or call Dan Button at the University of Idaho at (208) 885-7979.
  • When was the program established?
    Operation Education was launched July 1, 2006. The first scholars were enrolled in January 2007.
  • How many scholars have benefitted from the program?
    As of fall semester 2013, 19 scholars have been supported by Operation Education.
  • Have special funds or endowments been established in support of Operation Education?
    Yes. There is the General James F. and Bonnie Amos Leadership Endowment and the Lt. Donald Frank Ware Memorial Scholarship, both of which are open to additional donations at any time.

    In addition, contributions to the program in general can be earmarked for the scholarship fund or for the operations fund; in the absence of a specific designation, gifts will be added to the scholarship fund.
  • I would like to give to Operation Education. Where can I go to donate?
    To contribute to the Operation Education Scholarship Program, visit our online giving site, or contact Jim Zuba at or (208) 885-4142.
  • Does the program have a voluntary advisory board?
    Yes, it does. Its members serve 2-year terms with a second-term succession provision.

    The current members of the Operation Education Advisory Council are:

    David Decker Boise, Idaho  Chair 
    Heidi Linehan Moscow, Idaho  Vice-Chair 
    Donald Burnett  Moscow, Idaho  Member 
    Nancy Byers  Denver, Colorado  Member 
    Steve Didier  Grangeville, Idaho  Member 
    Wray & Barbara Featherstone  Kirkland, Washington  Members 
    Jo Goesling   Moscow, Idaho   Member 
    Dick Heimsch  Moscow, Idaho   Member 
    Ron & Penny Iverson  Fairfax Station, Virginia  Members 
    Charley Jones  Boise, Idaho  Member 
    Jim Pilcher  Moscow, Idaho  Member 
    George & Lindy Stockton  Moscow, Idaho  Members 
    Ed & Karen Whitehead  Moscow, Idaho  Members
    Honorary Co-Chairs of Operation Education are:

    Bonnie Amos, wife of US Marine Corps Commandant General James F. Amos (UI ’70)
    Karen Trujillo Burnett, University of Idaho, First Lady