What is Scholarship Idaho?
Each year, more than 10,000+ Idahoans apply to eight state-managed scholarships via this online application platform where eligibility is determined in real-time and backed by school-reported data. Learn more about applying by following the step-by-step guide below.
Step 1 - Personal Info & Addresses
A bit about you
Step 2 - Qualification Questions
The MOST IMPORTANT Section - Make sure to pay close attention to each of the questions in this section. Your answers will help determine subsequent application questions and eligibility
Step 3 - Scholarship Selection
Select Your Scholarships
Step 4 - Scholarship Questions
Organize and plan your writing prompts
Step 5 - Application Summary
Review and submit your application
Step 6 - Confirmation
Get ready to begin your journey
Walk through the application with us before you apply. We’ll look at approaching the application and hear advice from your Next Steps Idaho team.
Scholarship Idaho opens each year on Oct 1 and each of the 8 state-managed scholarships have their own unique deadlines. Check them out here.
To meet a particular application deadline, you must submit your application materials by 11:59 pm on the closing date for that scholarship. Keep in mind, that all timestamps are recorded in MST (US Mountain Standard Time).
Reminder: For any scholarship requiring a completed FAFSA you must have submitted it to Federal Student Aid by 11:59 pm on March 1st.
It is always better to submit well before 11:59 pm to avoid last-minute issues with your computer or internet access that might cause you to miss the deadline!
Who can use Scholarship Idaho?
Any graduate of an Idaho high school, homeschool, or someone who earned their GED or HSE in Idaho.
Why do you need my SSN?
Scholarship Idaho uses your SSN as your unique student identifier we receive your application(s) we know it represents one unique student – YOU! We also need it to ensure we capture your FAFSA data should you apply to any of the state-managed scholarships that required it.
What if I don’t have an SSN?
Is there a cost for me to apply?
There will be no cost for students using Scholarship Idaho.
What if I cannot remember my password?
If you need to reset your password, just hit Forgot password on the Login page and it will walk you through the process of resetting your password.
I haven’t received my confirmation email?
- Double check you’re using your PERSONAL email, not one provided by the school. School accounts often block external emails.
- SPAM filters & typing errors are also racking up some casualties. So, check your SPAM folder and double-check you entered your email address correctly into Apply Idaho.
- Make sure your email account isn’t full. Has it exceeded the storage limit for the mailbox error; undeliverable? If so, then make sure their accounts have enough memory/space to accept new messages
How long is a verification email active?
A verification email remains active for 24 hours. If you haven’t clicked on the verification link within that timeframe you will need to request a new one.
How do I indicate that I am enrolled in multiple tribes?
If you are enrolled in multiple tribes, please select your primary tribe from the list in the “Please choose the tribe you are enrolled in” question.
What is my EDUID?
For many students this is your identification number provided by your high school. If it is not, ask the staff at your high school.
If you’re an Idaho homeschool student who has taken a class at an Idaho public or charter school, reach out to them for assistance. If you’ve not taken a class at an Idaho public or charter school you can request an EDUID from the Idaho State Board of Education by emailing email@example.com
Why do you need my EDUID?
Scholarship Idaho uses your EDUID to confirm your high school GPA and as well as any dual credits earned while you were in high school.
Can I use the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship for graduate school?
The short answer is no, only undergraduate students are eligible.
Can I apply for the scholarship for Spring 2023? I’m graduating May 2023 and I’d like the scholarship for my last semester.
We do not have a spring application. The scholarship application is for the 2023-24 year, which begins Fall 2023.
My high school isn’t listed. Can I still apply for state scholarship programs?
Sometimes at first glance, it might seem like your high school is missing from the list, but make sure you’re looking for the full name of your high school and not just its casual name.
For example, Boise High is listed by its official name – Boise Senior High in Scholarship Idaho.
If you still don’t see the name of your school, reach out to the scholarship team at firstname.lastname@example.org
My GPA isn't a 2.7 now but it will be after spring semester. Can I apply using my expected GPA?
We must use the GPA that you have as of the time of the application deadline. You can apply for the next cycle once your current GPA is at least 2.7.
Scholarship Specific Questions
Is there a limit to the number of edits I can make to the specific scholarship questions once I've applied?
There are no limits to the number of edits you can make, but please keep in mind the more times you must resubmit your application every time you make edits.
REMINDER– You MUST RESUBMIT your application(s) after you edit your answers.
What is the min/max word count on short answer or essay questions?
Keep in mind the maximum word count for any scholarship application essay question is 2000 characters including spaces and punctuation. Anything longer than that will truncate your response.
What are some best practices for completing short answer and essays in Scholarship Idaho?
- Keep a file on your computer with a backup of your essays
- If you are pasting your essay into Scholarship Idaho, paste it first into Note Pad or Text Edit, and then paste it into Scholarship Idaho to avoid formatting irregularities
- Always double-check that the content appears correctly and, in its entirety,
- Be sure to proofread your essays for any typos
- There is no save button – so anything you type is saved – but it’s not automatically submitted so make sure to click on the submit button after reviewing your application.
FAFSA - It says Scholarship Idaho hasn’t found my SSN on any completed FAFSA. What do I do?
Make sure you completed the year’s FAFSA for the application year you are applying for.
For example, if you are applying for the 2023-24 year, make sure you completed the 2023-24 FAFSA.
If you did, contact email@example.com because your SSN may not match the FAFSA.
EDUID - I left my EDUID blank on the personal information page and now I see an orange warning?
Can I stop the process of applying and return to complete the required information later?
Yes, you have the option to return to your account and complete your application. The application auto-saves as you go along. Just don’t forget to hit “Submit” when you have a scholarship complete!
What if I change my mind and want to remove one of my scholarship selections or withdraw my entire application?
If you are offered a scholarship, at that time you will have the option to decline, if for any reason you no longer wish to receive it (i.e. you have decided to attend school out of state).
Can I apply to another scholarship AFTER I have already submitted my Scholarship Idaho application?
Yes, you may log back in and apply for any additional scholarships you qualify for, as long as it is within the application window for that scholarship.
To do so, log in, then go to the main menu (three bars). Then go to apply and then go to page three to select the application and page four to answer the questions.
Will the information I disclose on Scholarship Idaho be shared and if so, with whom?
By creating an account with Scholarship Idaho, you are giving permission to the Idaho State Board of Education to share your personal information, including SSN, with:
- The Idaho institution you plan to attend as identified on your application. This information is ONLY used to facilitate or administer financial aid.
- Your high school so they can help assist you with the application process.
Patterns observed in Scholarship Idaho will inform annual, statewide reports about scholarship access and funds disbursement.
How do I know my application was received?
After clicking on the “Submit” button you will be taken to a confirmation page. You will also receive a confirmation email in your inbox.
It’s also good practice to log back into your Scholarship Idaho account and verify on your Status page. It should say “submitted” for each scholarship you’ve applied for.
What are the system requirements to use Scholarship Idaho?