Boise, ID.   –    Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the recipients today of the 2018 Governor’s Cup Scholarships to Idaho colleges and universities. The 43rd Governor’s Cup fund-raising drive brought in enough money for 36 new scholarships to be awarded this year.

Recipients were chosen from among more than 1,000 applicants by the Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship Fund Inc.’s 16-member board of directors. Selections were made based on each applicant’s commitment to public service, academic achievement, leadership and community involvement.

The award is $3,000 per year, renewable for up to four years, or two to three years for career-technical programs, contingent upon the availability of funds. This year’s awards include the first recipient of the new Cecil D. Andrus Excellence in Education Scholarship. It will be awarded annually to a student who intends to major in education and pursue a career in teaching.

Here are this year’s recipients, along with their high schools and the schools they will attend in the fall:

Academic Scholarships – four-year programs
Kaleb Arnold, Cascade – Idaho Distance Education Academy – Attending Boise State University
Anna Gamino, Caldwell – Caldwell HS – Attending Boise State University
Odalis Garcia-Loza, Ammon – Hillcrest HS – Attending Idaho State University
Lydia Gross, Hayden – Coeur d’Alene HS – Attending Boise State University
Rachel Houle, Horseshoe Bend – Horseshoe Bend Middle-Senior HS – Attending Idaho State University
Elaine Huang, Boise – Renaissance HS – Attending the College of Idaho
Genaro Huitron, Caldwell – Caldwell HS – Attending Northwest Nazarene University
John Koenig, Salmon – Upper Carmen Charter School – Attending Boise State University
Gyandarshika Koirala, Twin Falls – Twin Falls HS – Attending the College of Southern Idaho
Jacob LaMay, Meridian – Rocky Mountain HS – Attending Boise State University
Kamryn Larsen, Gooding – Gooding HS – Attending Brigham Young University-Idaho
Sydney Maloney, Weiser – Weiser HS – Attending the University of Idaho
Maura Merrill, Rupert – Minico HS – Attending Idaho State University
Sydney Miller, Fruitland – Fruitland HS – Attending the University of Idaho
Dylan Miller, St. Maries – St. Maries HS – Attending Lewis-Clark State College
Virginia Monk, Genesee – Genesee HS – Attending the University of Idaho
Godavari Murphy, Kooskia – Kamiah HS – Attending Boise State University
Wyatt Naillon, Challis – Challis Junior-Senior HS – Attending Boise State University
Kendall Nash, Homedale – Homedale HS – Attending the University of Idaho
Nicholas Pancheri, Moscow – Moscow HS – Attending the University of Idaho
Adriene Pavek, Pocatello – Century HS – Attending Idaho State University
Hope Watanabe, Nampa – Nampa Christian HS – Attending Northwest Nazarene University
Donovan Wright, Boise – Centennial HS – Attending Boise State University
Brielle Young, Jerome – Jerome HS – Attending Boise State University
Cecil D. Andrus Excellence in Education Scholarship
Camryn Layer, Boise – Capital HS – Attending the University of Idaho

Career Technical – two – or three-year programs
Kiarie Ballard, Boise – Borah HS – Attending the College of Western Idaho
David Claiborne, Boise – Bishop Kelly HS – Attending Lewis-Clark State College
Antonya Clemence, Boise – Timberline HS – Attending the College of Southern Idaho
Samuel Hahn, Meridian – Home School – Attending the College of Western Idaho
Sheldon Jones, Meridian – Rocky Mountain HS – Attending the College of Western Idaho
Kalvin Kelley, Rexburg – Blackfoot HS – Attending Brigham Young University-Idaho
Emily Kominek, Emmett – Emmett HS – Attending the College of Western Idaho
David Mathson, Caldwell – New Plymouth HS – Attending the College of Western Idaho
Emily Skiles, Kamiah – Clearwater Valley Junior-Senior HS – Attending Lewis-Clark State College
Cierra Stump, Jerome – Jerome HS – Attending the College of Southern Idaho
Sheldon Trogden, Mullan – Mullan Junior-Senior HS – Attending North Idaho College

“We always get great applicants for Governor’s Cup scholarships, but I am particularly pleased this year that we have such a fine group of recipients pursuing career and technical education opportunities. We have been working hard to improve and expand those post-secondary programs at our community colleges and through our university-based workforce training centers and that effort is reflected in this year’s awards,” Governor Otter said.

“I can tell you that our generous sponsors and supporters are certainly getting their money’s worth from Idaho students who study here at home and as a result very often stay here at home to start their careers. Our economy needs them, and our communities need them,” he said. “So I’m a little wistful about this being the 12th and final year that I’ll be presiding over this incredible program, but I am confident that it will continue to make a lasting impact on Idaho young people and their families for many years to come.”

“It’s been our honor and pleasure to lead and grow the Idaho Governor’s Cup throughout our tenure,” First Lady Lori Otter said. “As a teacher – and, along with the Governor, the first in each of our family’s to go on to college – we’re very proud of the students who receive scholarships, and understand the work that goes into earning one. We’re immensely grateful to the organizers, board members, sponsors, and local hosts in Sun Valley and Coeur d’Alene who have been so generous over the years.”

The Governor and First Lady scheduled a reception to honor the Governor’s Cup recipients on Thursday, May 31st, at the Capitol. The 2018 Idaho Governor’s Cup fund-raising event is scheduled September 6-8 in Coeur d’Alene.