The 22 winners get $3,000 annually. Since Gov. Butch Otter took office in 2007, his scholarship program has provided money to 98 students. Several of Otter's predecessors had similar programs, which are controlled by the governors as individuals, not elected officials.
A news release from the governor's office follows:
GOVERNOR’S CUP SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
(BOISE) – Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter today announced the 22 recipients of the 2012 Governor’s Cup Scholarships to Idaho colleges and universities.
Recipients were chosen from among more than 500 applicants by the Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship Fund Inc.’s 17-member board of directors. Selections were based on each applicant’s commitment to public service, academic achievement and community involvement.
The award is $3,000 per year, renewable for up to four (4) years, or two to three years for professional-technical programs, contingent upon the availability of funds. A total of 98 students now have been awarded scholarships through the program during Governor Otter’s administration.
Here are this year’s recipients, along with their high schools and the schools that they will attend in the fall:
Academic Scholarships – four-year programs
Erica Albertson – Borah High School, Boise – attending the University of Idaho
Nikkaila Bain – Moscow High School – attending the University of Idaho
Demsie Butler – Bliss High School – attending Lewis-Clark State College
Kara Fleming – Meridian High School – attending Northwest Nazarene University
Brandon Garner – Sugar-Salem High School, Sugar City – attending BYU-Idaho
Matthew Greer – St. Maries High School – attending Lewis-Clark State College
Roxanne Hill – Castleford High School – attending Northwest Nazarene University
Shara Kehrer – Payette High School – attending Idaho State University
Katie Keller – Bishop Kelly High School, Boise – attending the University of Idaho
Amanda Kleist – Century High School, Pocatello – attending Idaho State University
Argia Larrocea-Phillips – Meridian High School – attending Northwest Nazarene University
Taylor Maloney – Weiser High School – attending the University of Idaho
Amanda Michaels – Centennial High School, Meridian – attending the College of Western Idaho
Demetria Riener – Prairie High School, Ferdinand – attending Lewis-Clark State College
Michelle Robinson – Caldwell High School – attending BYU-Idaho
Ivan Esparza – Nampa High School – attending the College of Idaho
Tayler Schvaneveldt – Grace High School – attending Idaho State University
Katie Vandenberg – Middleton High School – attending the University of Idaho
Sarah Walsh – Meridian High School – attending the College of Idaho
Professional-Technical Scholarships – two- or three-year programs
April Hillestad – Columbia High School, Nampa – attending the College of Western Idaho
Edwin Lopez – Vallivue High School, Caldwell – attending the College of Western Idaho
Rafe Williams – Clearwater Valley High School, Kooskia – attending Lewis-Clark State College
“It’s an honor to help in some small way to ensure our most deserving students get the financial assistance they need to prepare for a brighter future right here at home,” Governor Otter said. “The generosity of our sponsors and the passion that these young people show for learning and giving back to their communities is matched only by the commitment of everyone involved to making Idaho an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”
The 2011 event’s “premier” sponsors of the Governor’s Cup Scholarship Fund, with $35,000 donations, were:
· Mountain View Hospital.
The 2011 event’s “major” sponsors, with $25,000 donations, were:
· J.R. Simplot Co.
· Micron Technology Foundation
· Blue Cross of Idaho
· Paris Hills Agricom
· Premier Technology
· Sun Valley Co.
A reception for this year’s scholarship recipients is scheduled for Tuesday, June 19, from 4-6 p.m., at the Idaho House (formerly the home of J.R. and Esther Simplot). The students will receive certificates and have a photo opportunity with Governor Otter and First Lady Lori Otter.
The 2012 Idaho Governor’s Cup event is scheduled for August 23-25 in Coeur d’Alene.