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Raven Scholars
Empowerment and Education

Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are the fastest growing diversity group entering higher education across the nation. Unfortunately, research shows that only 40% of students with ASD will complete their degrees. The Raven Scholar program is a free, donations-based support service for University of Idaho students with ASD and has a retention and graduation rate of 80%. We’ve shown that with support and tailored education, students with ASD can be highly successful! 

Students with ASD need support that is not built into the accommodations required by the Americans with Disability Act, nor in other typical student services. With recognition of this gap in U of I services for students with ASD, Tom Alberg and Judi Beck of the Raven Trust generously donated seed funds to develop such supports through the Raven Scholars program. The program launched in 2011 with just four students. Now, and for the past three years, we've had to enact a waitlist and are working on ways to serve more students through a tiered service model starting this fall. This new model is intended to meet the ever-growing demand to serve more incoming students while continuing to provide ASD-specific resources for continuing students. 

The Raven Scholars program supplies support in ways that other programs and services are unequipped to deliver. We offer a course, INTR 101 - Focus on Success, which is specially designed to support transitioning students in developing organization and time management strategies. In addition, the course teaches soft skills like self-advocacy, conflict management and important life skills. Beyond the course, Tier 1 students have individualized weekly case management meetings with program staff. Tier 2 and 3 students continue to have program advising support, peer-mentor access, advocacy and intervention, but are encouraged to develop their independence in other areas with less frequent program meetings. All tiers have access to the student lounge and are invited to social gatherings, workshops, groups and other program events. We also connect students with opportunities for internships, entry-level positions, mentorships and other ways to support their post-graduation career success. 

Your donation will help us facilitate more opportunities for students to be a part of the Raven Scholars and U of I community. We greatly appreciate your support! If you would like to learn more about the student perspective, Blot Magazine did a piece that included some Raven Scholar students in 2019: Putting the Person First – Blot (blotmagazine.com). 

This year we are providing our donors with new incentives:

  • $10 will earn you a Raven Scholars pin.
  • $25 will earn you two Raven Scholars stickers and a pin.
  • $50 or more will earn you a Raven Scholars mug, stickers and a pin!

Please provide your shipping address in your donation information to receive these incentives by mail, or email ravenscholars@uidaho.edu with your shipping information, if you prefer. 

We genuinely appreciate your support of our U of I students on the Autism spectrum. Thank you!

$10,000
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Vandal Student Experience Leaderboard
The three funds with the highest number of gifts will earn $1,500 each, courtesy of the University of Idaho Foundation. 156 applicable funds include excellence funds, Equity & Diversity, fellowships, research, emergency funds, study abroad programs, Recreation & Wellbeing, Operation Education, WWAMI, student clubs, Greek funds, and many more!
Rank Prize Experience Programs Gifts
1 $1,500 Kristin Clovis Gamma Phi Beta Memorial Scholarship 66
2 $1,500 CAMP: Si Se Puede Endowment 61
3 $1,500 Paul Joyce Memorial BCB Fellowship 47
4 Native American Student Center (NASC) 43
5 College of Law Excellence Fund 42
6 Library Dean's Excellence Fund 31
7 Civil & Environmental Engineering Department 30
8 Margaret Ritchie School of Family & Consumer Sciences 25
9 McCall Field Campus Program Excellence Endowment 25
10 Department of Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology 25
11 LGBTQA 24
12 College of Agricultural and Life Sciences CALS Excellence Fund 23
13 Student Clubs & Organizations - College of Engineering 23
14 Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) 23
15 McCall Field Campus Excellence Fund 22
16 College of Business and Economics Excellence Fund 21
17 Vandal Food Pantry 19
18 Black/African American Cultural Center (BAACC) Excellence Fund 19
19 Support the Campus (McCall Field Campus Infrastructure) 19
20 Vandal Marching Band Excellence Fund 18
21 Dean's Excellence Fund 18
22 Friends of the Women's Center 18
23 CLASS Study Abroad Scholarship 15
24 McClure Center Undergraduate Student Programs 14
25 Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship - DeVlieg Scholars 12
26 Al Wallace Environmental Engineering Assistantship 12
27 College of Education Excellence Fund 12
28 Computer Science Department Endowment 12
29 College of Art & Architecture Excellence Fund 12
30 Bruce & Kathy Pitman Fund for Student Emergencies 12
31 Fraternity & Sorority Opportunity Fund 11
32 College of Law Faculty Fund for Diversity & Inclusion 11
33 Electrical & Computer Engineering Department 10
34 Mechanical Engineering Department 10
35 College of Science Excellence Fund 9
36 Delta Delta Delta Scholarship Endowment 8
37 Raven Scholars Program 8
38 School of Journalism and Mass Media 8
39 Native American Law Program 7
40 Shreeve Chemistry Research Support 7
41 Margaret Fosberg Alpha Gamma Delta Scholarship Endowment 7
42 Department of Plant Sciences 7
43 Department of Agricultural Educations, Leadership & Communications 7
44 Nuclear Engineering & Industrial Management Department 7
45 Athena Gifts 7
46 Department of Mathematics 6
47 Pi Beta Phi Scholarship Endowment 6
48 Department of Accounting 6
49 College of Law Student Emergency Fund 6
50 Department of Animal, Veterinary & Food Sciences 6
51 Barker Capital Management and Trading Program 6
52 Katherine Aiken CLASS Excellence Fund 5
53 Theta Chi Scholarship 5
54 Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences 5
55 College of Law Legal Aid Clinics 5
56 Center for Secure & Dependable Systems - CSDS 5
57 Jean'ne M. Shreeve Chemistry Professorship Endowment 5
58 UI Sustainability Fund 4
59 Tod Neuenschwander Communications Scholar 4
60 University of Idaho Spirit Squad (Cheerleaders) 4
61 Lynn and Dennis Baird Endowment 4
62 Department of Psychology and Communications Studies 4
63 Sports Clubs - Men's Lacrosse 4
64 Department of Soil & Water Systems 4
65 Immigration Law Clinic 4
66 Micron & Partners Diversity & Inclusion in Engineering 4
67 Alpha Phi Excellence Scholarship Endowment 4
68 CNR Student Excellence Endowment 4
69 CLASS Student Emergency Fund 3
70 Sigma Chi Seven Founders Scholarship Endowment 3
71 CBE - Idaho Entrepreneurs 3
72 Department of History 3
73 Operation Education at UI-Scholarships 3
74 Operation Education and Veterans Excellence Fund 3
75 Kappa Delta Scholarship 3
76 Idaho WWAMI, Dean's Excellence Fund 3
77 Biological Engineering - Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering 3
78 Chemical Engineering - Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering 3
79 Curriculum & Instruction Excellence Fund 3
80 Alpha Kappa Lambda/Gary Renfrow Memorial Schol. Endowment 3
81 Alumni Homecoming Fireworks 3
82 College of Science Undergraduate Research Fund 3
83 SAE True Gentlemen's Scholarship 2
84 Todd Pierce Delta Tau Delta Scholarship Endowment 2
85 Environmental Science Program 2
86 JAMM Lab Renovation Fund 2
87 Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences 2
88 Department of Theatre Arts 2
89 Vandal Experiences & Involvement Fund 2
90 Department of Business 2
91 Department of Statistics 2
92 Movement Sciences (HPERD) Exercise Science Excellence Fund 2
93 CNR Student Logging Crew Scholarship (Experimental Forest) 2
94 Department of Geological Sciences 2
95 Martin Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution 2
96 Kappa Kappa Gamma Scholarship 2
97 SEND - Phi Gamma Delta 2
98 Sports Clubs - Climbing Club 2
99 Sports Clubs - Women's Ultimate Frisbee 2
100 Katy Benoit Safety Fund 2
101 Coeur d'Alene Computer Science Program 2
102 A.J.G Priest - Beta Theta Pi Scholarship Endowment 2
103 Movement Sciences (HPERD) Physical Education Excellence Fund 2
104 Department of English 2
105 University of Idaho Extension Support Endowment 2
106 Campus Recreation Scholarships 2
107 F.J 'Packey' Boyle TKE Scholarship 2
108 Sports Teams - Women's Rugby 2
109 UI CdA Technology Initiatives (DignIT) 2
110 Delta Gamma Memorial Scholarship Endowment 2
111 Gamma Alpha Omega Scholarship 2
112 Sports Clubs - Bass Anglers 2
113 Fluorine 19 Fund-Chemistry 1
114 Department of Political Science 1
115 1st Lt. Donald Frank Ware Memorial Scholarship Endowment 1
116 Department of Physics 1
117 TRIO-INSPIRE Excellence Fund 1
118 Architecture Excellence Fund 1
119 VIEW Entrepreneurship Program Gap Fund 1
120 Lynn Evans Little Scholarship Endowment 1
121 Delta Scholarship 1
122 Sports Clubs - Women's Soccer 1
123 Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology & Nematology 1
124 Landscape Architecture Excellence Fund 1
125 Department of Geography 1
126 Sports Clubs - Women's Fastpitch Club 1
127 Sports Clubs - Trap Shooting 1
128 William J. McLaughlin & Nick Sanyal Conservation Without Borders Endowment 1
129 Athletic Training Excellence Fund 1
130 Brian and Gayle Hill Undergrad Research Fellowship 1
131 Movement Sciences Recreation Excellence Fund 1
132 Alpha Gamma Rho Scholarship 1
133 Harold. T. Nelson - Lambda Chi Alpha Scholarship 1
134 Sports Clubs - Men's Rugby 1
135 Sports Clubs - Ski Team 1
136 Department of Leadership & Counseling Excellence Fund 1
137 College of Art and Architecture Design Build 1
138 Department of Biological Sciences 1
139 Department of Chemistry 1
140 Lionel Hampton School of Music 1
141 LHSOM Technology & Infrastructure 1
142 Operation Education Endowment 1
143 Virtual Technology and Design Excellence Fund 1
144 Sports Clubs - Cycling Club 1
145 International Programs Excellence Fund 1
146 Delta Sigma Phi - T.J. Pritchard Scholarship Endowment 0
147 Kappa Delta Chi Scholarship 0
148 SEND - Kappa Sigma Scholarship 0
149 Lambda Theta Alpha Scholarship 0
150 Lambda Theta Phi Scholarship 0
151 Omega Delta Phi Scholarship 0
152 Carol H. Foster Scholarship 0
153 Phi Kappa Tau Scholarship 0
154 Pi Kappa Alpha Scholarship Endowment 0
155 Pi Kappa Phi Scholarship 0
156 Sigma Lambda Beta Scholarship 0
157 Sigma Lambda Gamma Scholarship 0
158 Sigma Nu Scholarship Fund 0
159 FarmHouse Centennial Scholarship Endowment 0
160 Sports Clubs - Baseball 0
161 Sports Clubs - Horse Polo 0
162 Logger Sports Club 0
163 Sports Clubs - Ice Hockey 0
164 Sports Clubs - Men's Soccer 0
165 Sports Club - Men's Ultimate Frisbee 0
166 Sports Clubs - Men's Volleyball 0
167 Sports Clubs - Rodeo Club 0
168 Sports Club - Water Polo 0
169 Sports Teams - Women's Lacrosse 0
170 Sports Clubs - Women's Volleyball 0
171 Idaho WWAMI, Project ECHO Idaho 0
172 Prichard Art Gallery Gifts 0
173 Idaho WWAMI, Idaho Office of Underserved and Rural Medical Research 0
174 General James F. and Bonnie Amos Leadership Endowment 0
175 Idaho WWAMI, North Idaho AHEC 0
176 Art and Design Excellence Fund 0
177 Colonel Everett P. "Red" and Ginger Trader Leadership Endowment 0
178 Interior Architecture and Design 0
179 Jeanette A. Hackney STEM and Operation Education Endowment 0
180 CLASS Equity Endowment 0
181 Housing Law Clinic 0
182 Environmental Science Program Excellence Fund 0
183 Military and Veteran Student Services 0
184 Movement Sciences Dance Excellence Fund 0
185 Summer Design Days 0
186 Center in Disabilities & Human Development (CDHD) Excellence Fund 0
187 Department of Modern Languages and Cultures 0
188 Albertson Student Learning Center Fund 0
189 Department of Philosophy 0
190 Center of ETHICS Unrestricted Fund 0
191 Department of Sociology and Anthropology 0
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Rank State Gifts
1 ID 7
2 AA 0
2 AE 0
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