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May I have input into the selection of a recipient?

Scholarship donors may specify criteria to be used when selecting the recipient. The Scholarship Coordinator will score applicants that have met the criteria and, based upon the score, select a recipient.

May I name a scholarship?

A donor may name a scholarship when the amount given meets the $500 minimum for a restricted scholarship or $10,000 minimum for an endowed scholarship.

Since tuition is low for a community college, why is there still a need for scholarship assistance?

Most of our students are self-supporting and vested in our community. CWI is truly their choice for higher education. Many students face financial challenges that make even low tuition a barrier. CWI welcomes a diverse population including first time college students, single parents, returning veterans, and young adults working full time while juggling family and other economic responsibilities. Scholarship donations to the CWI Foundation directly help students pursue their career dreams. A scholarship of just $500 has a tremendous impact as compared with a similar gift made to a private or public university.

What are the fees involved in setting up a scholarship or endowment?

There are no fees to set up a scholarship or endowment. 

What is an in-kind gift?

Non-cash donations or materials such as equipment, software, printed materials, food, or other items used for hosting dinners, etc. More info here.

What is the best way to make my scholarship gift?

There are a number of ways to set up a scholarship: an outright gift may be made via check or credit card. There may be tax benefits if the gift is made using appreciated securities, by establishing a charitable trust, or by giving real property. Will bequests can also be used to create opportunities for students. The CWI Foundation is here to assist you with any of these options. 

What is the cost of attendance?

*$13,312 per year

*Number is from Your Award Notification Explained page: http://cwidaho.cc/current-students/your-cwi-financial-aid-award-notification

What is the difference between an endowed scholarship and an annual scholarship?

Endowed scholarships create a permanent fund. Contributions are invested to ensure the scholarship retains its value in perpetuity, and the scholarships created by the endowment are funded through the income generated by the endowment.

Annual scholarships reflect a donor’s commitment to support a scholarship for a specific number of years and choose the criteria in which recipients are chosen.

You may also choose to contribute to an existing scholarship fund that matches your passion.

What services does the CWI Foundation provide to scholarship donors?

Annual report from the Scholarship Coordinator notifying you of the recipient(s) of your scholarship each academic year.

All recipients are required to write thank you letters which are forwarded by the CWI Foundation to their donor(s).

Invitation to the annual scholarship reception where donors and recipients will have the opportunity to meet and form a relationship.

For endowed funds, all donors receive an annual endowment report on the financial status of their fund. In addition, there is peace of mind that the fund will provide perpetual support for students according to the intended purpose.

All scholarships are advertised on the CWI Scholarship website.

Opportunities to engage with CWI and CWI Foundation leadership and staff through various activities and events.

All scholarship gifts are tax deductible through the CWI Foundation

There is no greater gift than the opportunity for a student to pursue their dreams though higher education.

When does the College of Western Idaho (CWI) Foundation charge recurring credit card gifts?

The CWI Foundation charges recurring gifts the first workday of every month.

When will I get a receipt after making a gift?

You will receive an official receipt letter for tax purposes from the College of Western Idaho (CWI) Foundation no longer than two weeks after your gift is received.

Where should I send the scholarship checks?

By Mail:                                  In Person:
CWI Foundation                      6056 Birch Lane
MS1000                                   Suite 102
PO Box 3010                           Nampa, ID 83687
Nampa, ID 83653

Who do I contact to discuss scholarship information?

Please contact the Anita Tuttle, Scholarship Coordinator at 208.562.3507.

Who is the responsible for the CWI Foundation’s operation?

The overall management of the CWI Foundation is accomplished through its Board of Directors composed of business and professional leaders from the community and representatives of the College's administration and Board of Trustees. The daily operation of the CWI Foundation is handled by the CWI Foundation staff.

Maintaining public trust is central to the mission of CWI Foundation-- and its highest priority. Information about the CWI Foundation's bylaws, policies, agreements, financial statements, events, and other matters are openly discussed by its Board of Directors while maintaining confidentiality. The CWI Foundation meets a myriad of regulatory requirements governing operations as well as an annual audit by a licensed and professional certified public accounting firm.