This year's Governor's Cup award winners. - GOVERNOR'S CUP/SARAH FURIMAN
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  • This year's Governor's Cup award winners.

With the cost of attending college at an all-time high, "college tuition" might as well be a four-letter word. But for 23 high-school students from across Idaho, the burden of attendance just got a little lighter.

On June 17, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter met with the 23 recipients of the Governor's Cup Scholarships. Selected from a pool of more than 500 applicants, the winners, all future attendees of Idaho colleges and universities, will receive $3,000 per year for demonstrated commitments to public service, academic excellence and community involvement. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years.

Here are the winners:

Academic scholarships for four-year programs: 

Margarita Alcaraz – Caldwell High School – Attending Northwest Nazarene University

Matthew Brink – Orofino High School – Attending the University of Idaho

Sydney Cornell – Genesee High School – Attending Lewis-Clark State College

Raven Crossley – Mountain Home High School – Attending the University of Idaho

Natasha Dacic – Boise High School – Attending the College of Idaho

Lydia Garner – Sugar-Salem High School, Rexburg – Attending BYU-Idaho

Sadie Heindel – Middleton High School – Attending Boise State University

Sarah Hibbert – Century High School, Pocatello – Attending Idaho State or BYU-Idaho

Sam Jacobson – Borah High School, Boise – Attending Boise State University

Mikaela Jenson – Firth High School, Basalt – Attending BYU-Idaho

Cameron Kirk – Lewiston High School – Attending Lewis-Clark State College

Ryleigh Moore – Rocky Mountain High School, Meridian – Attending Boise State University

Abbey Olsen – Preston High School – Attending Idaho State University

Shaleeni Prasad – Nampa High School – Attending Boise State University

Jaycee Rade – Coeur d’Alene High School, Hayden – Attending the University of Idaho

Clayton Schoessler – Bliss High School – Attending Boise State University

Leslie Thompson – Parma High School, Greenleaf – Attending the University of Idaho

Jade Tyler – Parma High School, Parma – Attending Northwest Nazarene University

Caleb Williams – North Gem High School, Bancroft – Attending Idaho State University

Allysha Yasuda – Fruitland High School – Attending the University of Idaho

Professional Technical two- and three-year programs:

Skyler Badertscher – Timberlake High School, Athol – Attending Lewis-Clark State College

Nathan Haight – Highland School, Craigmont – Attending Lewis-Clark State College

Jordan Peterson – Cole Valley Christian School, Meridian – Attending the College of Western Idaho