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Boise State Prepares for Winter Commencement, Launches New Scholarships for Idaho High Schoolers


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Just as Boise State University is preparing to hand out diplomas to nearly 1,000 graduates at its winter commencement ceremonies this Saturday, Dec. 19, the university announced this week it was rolling out a new scholarship program to give potential new students a leg up in funding a college education.

The True Blue Promise scholarship would earmark $8,000 over four years for Idaho high-school students who have good grades but are in financial need. In announcing the scholarship, Boise State President Bob Kustra said the program was the biggest financial aid package in the university's history.

"College affordability remains top of mind for all of us," said Kustra. "True Blue Promise is aimed at opening doors to higher education for Idaho students who want to attend Boise State University."

Qualifying high schoolers must be Idaho residents with a GPA of 3.3., a score of at least 25 on the ACT or 1130 on the SAT; be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant based on a financial aid application; and be a potential college freshman in the fall of 2016. To continue receiving the scholarship beyond the freshman year, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA while attending Boise State.

As for this Saturday's ceremonies, Boise State said about 950 graduates will walk across the stage of Taco Bell Arena to receive their diplomas. In all, there are 1,734 students eligible for 1,892 degrees—98 are eligible for magna cum laude honors and 19 are summa cum laude graduates.