Politics · May 25, 2021

Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship Recipients Announced

Boise, ID (STL.News) Governor Brad Little announced the recipients today of the 2021 Governor’s Cup Scholarships to Idaho colleges and universities.  Last year’s Governor’s Cup fundraising drive brought in enough money for 27 new scholarships to be awarded this year, despite the cancellation of the annual event.

Recipients were chosen from among more than 2,000 applicants by the Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship Fund Inc.’s 14-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 length of the program.

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

  • Sara Alsaifi – Timberline High School – Attending Boise State University
  • Kali Branstetter – Weiser High School – Attending Boise State University
  • Xavier Christy – Meridian Medical Arts Charter – Attending Idaho State University
  • Sarah Cole – Mountain View High School – Attending Boise State University
  • Lotus Harper – Salmon River Jr-Sr. High School – Attending Lewis-Clark State College
  • Ethan Jensen – Centennial High School-Boise – Attending Idaho State University
  • Xitlali Mancilla – Century High School – Attending Idaho State University
  • MayCee Maynard – Butte County High School – Attending University of Idaho
  • Laura Moler – Post Falls High School – Attending University of Idaho
  • Kadence Parker – Jerome High School – Attending College of Southern Idaho
  • Ryan Ripley – Centennial High School-Boise – Attending University of Idaho
  • Katie Russell – Cambridge Jr-Sr High School – Attending University of Idaho
  • Ivy Shifflett – Clark County Jr-Sr High School – Attending Idaho State University
  • Martha Smith – Clearwater Valley Jr-Sr High School – Attending University of Idaho
  • Aspen Stinemates – Wendell High School – Attending Idaho State University
  • Travis Wells­ – Castleford School – Attending University of Idaho
  • Ohana Wright – Centennial High School-Boise – Attending Boise State University

Cecil D. Andrus Excellence in Education Scholarship

  • Mackenzie Hammond – St. Marie’s High School – Attending Lewis-Clark State College

Career Technical – two- or three-year programs

  • Alexandrah Crow – Centennial High School-Boise – Attending Lewis-Clark State College
  • Gardner Davis – Gooding High School – Attending College of Southern Idaho
  • Payton Jackman – Kimberly High School – Attending Idaho State University
  • Laney Jenkins – Rimrock Jr-Sr High School – Attending College of Southern Idaho
  • Emma Kovacs – Rocky Mountain High School – Attending College of Western Idaho
  • Zoe Leger – Thunder Ridge High School – Attending Idaho State University
  • Ethan Retana – Mountain View High School – Attending Idaho State University
  • Nathan Schlosser – Timberline High School-Boise – Attending College of Western Idaho
  • Wyatt Skovgard – Kuna High School – Attending College of Southern Idaho

“We are so impressed with the recipients for the 2021 Governor’s Cup Scholarship, especially for completing their senior year of high school during such an unprecedented time.  These students have demonstrated their commitment to their neighbors, communities, and the state, and we are proud to have them become the next generation of Idaho leaders,” Governor Little said.  “Additionally, we would like to express appreciation for the generous sponsors and donors who contributed to the scholarship program last year despite the event cancellation. Providing opportunities for these students has always been at the heart of the Governor’s Cup and being able to continue that legacy amid uncertain times is important.”

The Governor and First Lady will host a reception honoring the recipients on June 7 at the Capitol in Boise.  The 2021 Idaho Governor’s Cup annual fundraising event will return to Sun Valley Sept. 9-11, where the continued support from numerous donors will allow the scholarship fund to continue serving students next year.