More than half of the students in the University of Idaho’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) receive scholarship support. Students like Elexus Moore, a junior from St. Maries, Idaho, rely on scholarships to pursue their higher education goals while others like Dain Johnson, a senior from Caldwell, Idaho, use scholarship funds to explore new cultures through study abroad experiences.
Moore receives the Robert and Alvena Deerkop Community Scholarship, which is offered to students from the Potlatch, St. Maries and Deary communities. With this scholarship support, Moore is able to focus full-time on gaining her degree in agriculture education.
She eventually hopes to return to St. Maries to establish an agricultural education program.
“The Deerkop Scholarship is helping me to be here — helping my future,” Moore said. “It’s amazing that I actually get to come here and invest myself in a degree that I love. This program makes me feel like they really care about me and not like I’m just another number.”
Johnson was able to explore his passion for agriculture through a study abroad trip to the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. His semester overseas was made possible by the J.D. Rowell Scholarship, an award given specifically to students in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology who are interested in studying abroad.
After he graduates in May 2018, Johnson plans to work as an agricultural lobbyist. Johnson said his study abroad experience helped inspire his passion to pursue agricultural lobbying.
“Agriculture needs a voice in politics,” Johnson said. “Going abroad has made me appreciate what we have here in the U.S. and it has made me want to work to preserve it.”
Experiences like Moore’s and Johnson’s are common in CALS and prepare students for the next phase in their life. Nearly $1 million in scholarships is awarded by CALS each year and combined with external scholarships and waivers, CALS students receive more than $3.5 million in support each year.
Learn more about the opportunities available for CALS students at www.uidaho.edu/cals/student-life.