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Scholarship Information for New Incoming Freshmen

A New Incoming (first-time) Freshman is a student who has never attended another Institution of Higher Education after high school.

Automatic Scholarships

As a new Incoming (first-time) freshman, you will be considered for the many scholarships that ISU has to offer as long as all required documents are received (or postmarked) by February 15 for fall start, or November 1 for spring start.

Your application for admission" to the university serves as your "scholarship application" for these scholarships.

New Incoming (first-time) freshman who were home schooled or received their GED in the state of Idaho will be reviewed separately for freshman scholarships as long as you are fully admitted by the deadlines above and have an ACT or SAT score on record.

Required Documents:

The following admissions documents must be received by the ISU Admissions Office (or postmarked by)  February 15 (Fall start), or November 1 (Spring start) to be considered for automatic scholarships:

  1. Completed Application for Admission, including a paid application fee
  2. Official high school transcripts (6 to 7 semester transcript will be sufficient for scholarship consideration)
    • Students will need to have a final transcript sent to the Admissions Office upon High School graduation for completion of the admissions process
  3. ACT or SAT scores

Idaho Resident Awards

New Incoming First Time Idaho Residents and Graduates of Idaho High School (or equivalent) are eligible for merit awards, as listed on the Idaho Resident Awarding Index.  SEE ABOVE FOR REQUIRED DEADLINES ETC.

The ACT used in the awarding index is your ACT Composite. The OLD SAT used in the awarding index is your Critical Reading + Math Score only (writing is excluded). NEW SAT includes Critical Reading/Writing +Math.

You must be an Idaho Resident and Graduate of Idaho High School (or equivalent)to be eligible for these awards.

Students receiving a Tier 2-4 award will often receive their funds through the Kasiska Health Science Scholarship; Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation Scholarship; or other available donor funding depending on a students incoming "major", GPA;  and available funding.  Students will be notified through the scholarship office of the award in which they received.  Further instructions will be provided at this time.

Contact the scholarship office with questions about eligibility.

Step Ahead Scholarship Program (SASP)

New for Fall 2016, the SASP is an additional $1,000 scholarship for new incoming first-time Idaho Resident students who graduated from an Idaho High School (or equivalent) and have taken college credits while in High School.

SASP Eligibility Information

New Incoming First Time Non-Idaho Residents

Please refer to the Non-Resident Waivers and Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE).


Need-based awards

Some scholarship awarding is based on demonstrated financial need. To be considered for any need-based awards, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the appropriate year.

We encourage students to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible.

If you need assistance with the, please contact the ISU Financial Aid Office at (208) 282-2756.


Additional Scholarships

There may be additional scholarships for incoming freshmen which require a separate application. For more information, visit the Bengal Online Scholarship System (BOSS).

No Log-in Access to BOSS?

For High School Counselors or others who would like to view a list of available scholarship opportunities but do not have BOSS log-in capabilities, please view our list of scholarship opportunities.

New Incoming Freshman Scholarship Eligibility

Eligibility for incoming freshman scholarships will be based on your ranking among other applicants in the pool.

To rank you, we consider your high school GPA (unweighted) and your ACT or SAT score. ISU takes the highest ACT (Composite score) or SAT (Critical Reading plus Math score) that is in the ISU system by February 15 (on the same test date).

Some scholarships are based on specific majors and some will require the recipient to have resided in Idaho for at least three years or be from a certain county in Idaho.

We also have some incoming freshman awards that are based on leadership, talent and extracurricular involvement. We will look at all of these criteria when we consider you for our incoming freshman scholarships.

Be advised that renewable freshman scholarships are for undergraduate studies only.