Receiving word that I was a Jordan Scholarship recipient was a fantastic reminder that there is always help along the way to achieving your goals. It was confirmation that all the extra time and effort I spent on my studies was being noticed by people who genuinely care, and motivation to keep up the hard work in the future. It is one thing to get support from the people you expect it from (family, friends, and teachers for example), but it is a completely different feeling to have the support of people you have never met before. The Jordan Scholarship Foundation creates value by encouraging its recipients to raise their own bar, a bar that was set fairly high to begin with.
I am honored and grateful to have been awarded the Jordan Scholarship. The encouragement I received has been invaluable; it has shown me that there are those who believe in the value of my education. This has caused me to work harder still and expand my horizon for what I can achieve. The scholarship has allowed me the incredibly rewarding opportunity to better know the Economics Department students, faculty, and donors. Not least of all, it has afforded me the chance to better focus on coursework instead of material concerns, for which I am very thankful to all those who support the scholarship.
Becoming a Jordan Scholarship recipient is a great honor, and an example of the immense impact the Jordan family has had on Boise State and Idaho. The Jordan Scholarship program has an influence that reaches beyond the recipients themselves. The program invests in individuals that will rise to become the leaders effecting real change in their communities. I believe the impact of the program will be felt for decades to come in the Treasure Valley. Not only has the Jordan Scholarship allowed me to complete my education, it has allowed me to become better connected with the Economics department staff. Entering my senior year, I have found this invaluable to my education. I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to the Jordan family.
Immersion educates you in a way that secondhand accounts never can. It is one thing to read about Denmark’s low carbon footprint and commitment to sustainability, but it is another to ride your bike in a city where cyclists have dedicated paths and vastly outnumber cars. It is yet another to take courses on making business sustainable, courses that are so unique that they aren’t even offered at Boise State. Similarly, you can’t understand what Americans label “socialism” until you realize that Copenhagen has essentially no poverty or crime, but then later converse with a Danish businessman about his grievances with entitlement programs. Immersion taught me the nuances that guidebooks and history books necessarily leave out. But however valuable that is, the true benefit for me went far beyond mere cultural understanding. I grew up just 15 minutes from Boise State, and studying in Denmark was the first time I had really been on my own. I was uncomfortable, but I adapted. I learned to read Danish ingredient labels so I could follow my vegan diet. I quickly made new friends from all over Europe. And I even learned how to suspend my impatient and high-strung American way of life. Studying abroad made me realize that I could live anywhere and do anything I wanted. It made me realize the value of experiencing other cultures, yet simultaneously heightened my appreciation for what I have here at Boise State. It is no exaggeration to say that studying in Denmark changed my life, and I have the Jordan family to thank for making it a reality.
George Fenton – also a 2011/2012 recipient
The Jordan Scholarship has had a remarkable impact on my education. In addition to providing greater camaraderie with students, faculty, and donors at Boise State, it has allowed me to experience life as a student and intern in Washington D.C. and London. In the summer of 2010, I used the Jordan Scholarship study at Georgetown University and intern at the Treasury Department. I received a wonderful introduction to Washington D.C. and furthered both my practical and academic knowledge of economics. In the summer of 2011, the Jordan family helped fund my stay at the London School of Economics. The instruction was excellent and the coursework was challenging. What was most valuable, though, was the opportunity to hear international perspectives on everything from economic policy to country music. These summer experiences have helped me find direction as a student and plans for a career. I encourage economics students to apply for the Jordan Scholarship knowing that it can open doors at Boise State and far beyond.
Receiving the Jordan Scholarship has been a tremendous honor. First of all, it was a validation of the value of hard work and commitment to academic excellence. It has allowed me to continue to afford to drive back and forth from Twin Falls to attend classes, which is no small burden considering the increase in gas prices. It has freed up other dedicated funds to make graduate school more affordable. I believe that investment in education is the cornerstone of economic growth and quality of life for a community, and the Jordan scholarship has shown me how that works first hand. My only hope is that I can get to a place someday where I can give back as the Jordans have.
I am truly appreciative of the Jordan Scholarship for opportunities it has afforded. The scholarship has allowed me to more fully focus my energies on academics rather than financial concerns. It gave me the ability to broaden the scope of my financially feasible college experience. As a first-generation college student, it has also been invaluable in another sense as well. By way of receipt, I became better acquainted with our faculty, students, and members of the community. These relationships have enriched my learning and shaped my future plans by encouraging me to expand my horizons.