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Len B. and Grace Jordan Scholarship

Awarded by the Jordan family and the Department of Economics. These renewable scholarships are awarded to several students each academic year. Criteria for consideration include financial need and/or academic merit. To be considered for scholarship renewal, recipients must reapply each academic year.

The Len B. Jordan Endowment for Economic Studies was established at Boise State University in 1981 by the former Idaho governor and his wife Grace, a noted Idaho author. Len B. Jordan was elected to the Idaho Legislature in 1947 and elected as Governor in 1950. In 1955 he was appointed by President Eisenhower to head the International Joint Commission which negotiated matters of concern between Canada and the United States. During Jordan’s tenure on the committee, it established a bi-national water policy and agreements which led to the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway. In 1962, Len Jordan was appointed to complete the term of U.S. Senator Henry Dworshak who had died in office. He was then elected to the position of Senator and served in this position until 1973. Len B. Jordan died in 1983. Grace Jordan graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in English and is a well known author. She taught at four Idaho universities including Boise Junior College. Her best known work is Home Below Hells Canyon which describes the lives of the Jordan family on their ranch. Home Below Hells Canyon was published in six different languages and through this book, Grace Jordan introduced people throughout the world to Idaho. Grace Jordan died in 1985. In 1997, interest income from the Len B. Jordan Endowment was used to award the first Len B. and Grace Jordan Scholarships. That practice continues today.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be full-time junior or senior Economics majors
  • Must have 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Majors who do not meet these criteria are asked to explain in their application why they should be given special consideration.

1) For continuing students, most scholarships are due on March 15th. In order to apply, please go to the scholarship login web page:

Please answer all of the questions after you sign in. Especially important: please answer “YES” to the following question on the scholarship application page:

“In order to be considered for ANY scholarship in the College of Business and Economics you must declare your interest in receiving a scholarship. Are you interested in being considered for scholarships in the College of Business and Economics?”

Business scholarships cover all economics scholarships and any BBA or BA Economics majors can apply to these scholarships.

2) By answering this one question, you will be automatically considered for all of Business and / or Economics scholarships. However, there are a few scholarships that require additional information. These scholarship will be shown to you in a list as “recommended scholarships.”

One such scholarship is the Len B. and Grace Jordan Scholarship awarded only to Economics majors. In order to be considered for the Jordan scholarship, you need to complete the same steps described above AND answer additional questions on the same scholarship web site by February 20th. Please notice the earlier due date and the additional short essay requirements (i.e. additional questions) to be considered for this scholarship.

Please see this link for more information on the Jordan Scholarship:

3) Also check the following site under “current student checklist” for additional scholarship opportunities: Don’t forget to take a look at the Foundation and Private scholarships that require additional / other information.