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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.

There are currently three different types of academic support you can apply for:

  1. Traditional Scholarship
  2. Summer School Program
  3. Internship

How to Apply:

Fill out the scholarship application (Jordan Application 2015) and turn it in to the administrative assistant in the Department of Economics, Rm. MBEB 3246, by the deadline.

Include the following materials with your application:

For all applications please include:

  1. A short statement of your life and career goals
  2. A short explanation of why you have chosen to major in economics

If  you are applying for support for a summer school program also include:

  1. A brief description of the summer coursework/program and budget for the summer coursework/program including tuition costs and travel, academic, and living expenses.

If you are applying for internship support also include:

  1. A detailed description of your research project, expected outcomes, and budget.