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There are several scholarships available to Idaho State University veterans, student service members, and qualified dependents. All scholarships are handled through the ISU Scholarship Office.

ISU-specific Scholarships

To apply for ISU-specific scholarships:

  • Log on to Bengal Web
  • Click on the Finances tab across the top of the page
  • Scroll down to the Scholarships box on the left hand side of the page
  • Click on the Bengal Online Scholarship System (BOSS)
  • Sign in with your ISU log in information
  • Search for the scholarships listed below
  • Click apply at the bottom of the scholarship page if you believe you qualify

Sgt. Blake Stephens Scholarship

Blake Stephens was born and raised in Pocatello. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the Idaho National Guard and attended basic training the following summer as a Forward Observer.

Stephens was serving a mission in Belgium and the Netherlands when 9/11 occurred. He arranged to come home and spent his time helping National Guard units around Idaho train for combat and prepare for deployment, in hopes of finding a way to be called up for active duty.

He volunteered to join a National Guard unit out of Preston deploying to Hill Air Force base in UT to help secure the base. While there, he met and married his wife, Erin Dructor, who was an Air Force Security Forces agent.

In 2007, Stephens joined the U.S. Army and completed advanced training in Fort Benning, GA. After completing an additional month of training at Fort Irwin, CA, Stephens’ unit, the 3rd Heavy Combat Team, was deployed to Iraq.

On May 8, 2007, Stephens was the commander of the lead vehicle in a four Humvee convoy escorting a colonel through Salman Pak, 18 miles southeast of Baghdad, when his vehicle was hit simultaneously by four improvised explosive devices. Stephens and the driver, Spc. Kyle Little of MA, were killed in the explosion. Pfc. Saul Martinez, CA, was the only survivor, but lost both his legs.

Following Stephens’ death, his friends at Hooligans Bar in Pocatello started an annual foosball tournament in his honor. Stephens was a regular foosball player at the bar, and they felt it was the best way to honor his memory. The tournament is held each June and all proceeds from the event go to the Sgt. Blake Stephens Scholarship fund.

The scholarship is awarded each fall to deserving ISU students. Student veterans and ROTC members are able to apply for the scholarship through the Bengal Online Scholarship System (BOSS).

Scholarship requirements:

  • Must have served in the U.S. military
  • Be accepted and attending classes at Idaho State University

Additional eligibility requirements may exist. To apply for this scholarship, please fill out an application form on the BOSS.

VA Education Benefits –Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.

The program allows institutions of higher learning in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the resident tuition and fees which are covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit.

Students can be less than full-time.


  • Veteran or eligible dependent
  • Either Chapter 33 Post 9/11 at 100% eligibility OR Chapter 33 Post 9/11 TOE at 100% eligibility
  • Undergraduate and currently a non-resident of Idaho
  • NOT a ToE spouse of a transferor who is on active duty
  • NOT a Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship recipient

Additional eligibility requirements may exist. To learn more or to apply for this scholarship, please fill out an application form on the BOSS.

U.S. Marine Corps League Scholarship

The U.S. Marine Corps League scholarship is awarded once a year to an applicant who meets the requirements listed below, in any degree or grade level.

The amount of the award varies each year.


  • 1st Preference: Have served active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps or Marine Corps Reserve and received an honorable discharge, or be the spouse or child of a U.S. Marine or Marine Reservist OR 2nd Preference: Be a Military Veteran from any of the U.S. Military Services who has served and received an honorable discharge
  • Verification of Marine Corps Service or other U.S. Military Service.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.

Additional eligibility requirements may exist. To apply for this scholarship, please fill out an application form on the BOSS.

Iwo Jima Scholarship

The Iwo Jima Scholarship is donated by Dr. William Morrison in the amount of $1,490.00. It is awarded once a year to a student who meets the requirements below.


  • Be a descendant of any World War II veteran OR a descendant of a participant in the Battle of Iwo Jima
  • Must provide documentation of being a descendant of a participant in the Battle of Iwo Jima or World War II veteran.
    • Examples of documentation include: notice of separation/discharge documents; awards; certificates; any military document with dates and name; newspaper clippings which have military involvement information included (births, marriages, obituaries).
  • Preference given to Engineering or Nursing majors

Additional eligibility requirements may exist. To apply for this scholarship, please fill out an application form on the BOSS.

Non-ISU Scholarships

Army ROTC Scholarship

There are several scholarships available through the Army ROTC.

Whether you are a high school or college student or already enlisted in the Army, there is a scholarship available. The requirements for individual scholarships are different.

To learn more about and apply for the Army ROTC scholarships, please visit the Army ROTC website.

Tillman Military Scholar program

The Tillman Military Scholars program was founded in 2008 to support our nation’s active-duty service members, veterans, and military spouses by investing in their higher education.

The scholarship covers educational expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living stipend. The scholars chosen reflect Pat Tillman’s values, strength of character, and commitment to service.

For more information and to apply to be a Tillman Military Scholar, please visit the Tillman Foundation website.

MyCAA Scholarship

The My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) program is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification or Associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation.

For more information on the MyCAA Scholarship, please visit the MyCAA website.