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Departmental Scholarships

Athletic Scholarships

Athletic Scholarships are determined by the standards established by the coaching staff of each intercollegiate sport. Inquiries about athletic scholarships should be directed to the Athletic Department at 208-732-6486.


Cheerleading and Dance Scholarships

Cheerleading and Dance Scholarships are available with books paid for. Contact Julie Wright at 208-732- 6472 or email at


Communication Scholarship

Speech & Debate
The Speech and Debate team offers scholarships for participation in Intercollegiate Forensics. Please visit for more information. Scholarship Application.


Honors Program Scholarships

Honors Program Scholarships are available to qualifying students and require a separate Honors Program application in addition to the CSI Scholarship Application. Freshmen may apply for the Honors Program with a high school GPA of at least 3.5, and ACT or SAT scores at or beyond the 88th percentile. For more information on the Honors Program, contact director Brian Dobbs at 208-732-6266.


Visual and Performing Arts Scholarships

Fine Arts Scholarships for art, music, and drama require a Fine Arts Application in addition to the CSI Scholarship Application. Below are important audition dates to determine awards for the performing arts and applications:


Auditions will be held March 5, 2022. Application materials are due before 12:00 p.m. on March 1, 2022. Call Sue Miller at 208-732-6769 to schedule your audition. Submit an application here.


Auditions run through March, by appointment. Call Shane Brown at 208-732-6174, or Burcu Seyben at 208-732-6780, for information and appointments. Actors will audition with two contrasting pieces, no more than five minutes total. Tech students must submit a portfolio of their work

Visual Art

Applicants must deliver a portfolio to the CSI Department of Art on or before the first Friday in April. For questions contact the Art Department at 208-732-6754. See our scholarship applications.


Applicants must mail required materials to the CSI Dance Department. For questions contact Ashley Sandau in the Dance Department at 208-732-6474


Presidential Scholarships

Presidential Scholarships are available to students who submit a complete CSI Scholarship Application by the March 1st priority deadline. Students need to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, have less than 45 college credits, and be enrolled in 12 or more credits per semester. Awards are awarded on a first come first serve basis. Recipients also are encouraged to participate in at least one student leadership organization. Apply through CSI Scholarship Application.


New Hope Scholarship

The New Hope scholarship is included in the CSI General Scholarship Application. No separate application is necessary.

New Hope is a scholarship for first-generation students entering CSI for the first time as a college freshman. First-generation is defined as a student whose parents have not completed a college degree. Awards are based on part-time ($375 for 6-11 credits) or full-time ($750 for 12 or more credits). The second semester awarding is contingent on the completion of enrolled credits of 2.5 GPA or above. Requirements:

  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Must plan to attend CSI at either part-time or full-time
  • Must complete the CSI General Scholarship Application.

The New Hope scholarship is one of the many CSI Foundation scholarships included in the CSI Scholarship Application. Apply through CSI Scholarship Application.


CSI Foundation Child Care Scholarship

  • CSI students enrolled in at least 6 credits.
  • Minimum 2.5 CSI cumulative grade point average.
  • Minimum semester award up to $500 per child enrolled in CSI Child Care, CSI Early Childhood Education Preschool Lab or a Child Care Center Licensed by the State of Idaho at least a month prior to applying.
  • Children 1st grade and older are ineligible.
  • Attach a copy of the State of Idaho Child Care license and essay to application.


Steele-Reese Foundation Scholarship

The Steele-Reese Foundation was created in 1955 by Eleanor S. Reese of Salmon, Idaho who died in 1977. During her life, Mrs. Reese continued to pursue her own charitable interests in parallel with these carried out by the Steele-Reese Foundation. Her own interests included providing scholarships for promising high school graduates of Idaho’s Lemhi and Custer Counties. The Foundation has now instituted a formal scholarship program at eleven universities and colleges for academic undergraduates and graduates as well as vo-tech students. A significant amount has been allocated to CSI for the upcoming school year and will provide scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500. This award is to be applied to fees, books, and room/board costs. Scholarships can be renewed if the recipient continues to meet the requirements; however, recipients must reapply to be considered for renewal. 


  1. Applicants MUST have graduated, or be scheduled to graduate, from a high school in Lemhi or Custer County. This includes Challis, Leadore, Mackay and Salmon High Schools.
  2. Applicants do not need to be currently enrolled but must apply for admission to CSI and complete the CSI Scholarship Application through their MyCSI.
  3. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA and maintain a 3.0 during the award period. Fulltime enrollment (12+ credits) is required for each award semester.
  4. All applications must send in their official transcript with the latest cumulative grade point average on the transcript (seven-semester for current high school and fall grades for college). CSI transcripts do not need to be attached.
  5. Applicants must submit a Federal Financial Aid Form (FAFSA), to be used at the College of Southern Idaho.
  6. Selection will be based on academic promise, initiative, and financial need.

Completed applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., March 1 st. Prior to the start of the academic year* Download the Steele-Reese application.