Did you know that the Treasure Valley is home to a growing number of displaced persons, including individuals from Ukraine and Afghanistan? These new members of our community come from various backgrounds: musicians, teachers, doctors, scientists, pilots, and engineers. They have so much to offer and are eager to get to know their neighbors, participate in daily life, improve their employability, and contribute their skills and talents toward the local good. Unfortunately, their lack of English language training often stands in the way.
Have you been watching the news and feeling the desire to help? There is a way that you can make an immediate, positive, and measurable impact on these local community members’ lives.
The Boise State University Intensive English Program (IEP) can provide a unique and invaluable service to this group of individuals. The IEP is the valley’s only intensive full-time, academic, and professional development English Language Program. What differentiates the IEP from other local options is the customized and extensive language instruction that students receive while studying in this immersive program. A full-time IEP student receives 18 hours per week of comprehensive instruction focusing on progressive, individualized language needs and professional goals.
As a self-support non-profit organization, IEP receives no additional funding and must charge tuition to fund the program. Although the resident tuition is substantially lower than the non-resident tuition, for many local students who are most in need of improving their English language skills, the cost is still prohibitive.
Can you help the IEP raise scholarship money to provide more opportunities to local community members to improve their English skills for professional and academic purposes? The Dorothy Strickland Scholarship for the Intensive English Program was created in 2022 in honor of Dr. Dorothy Strickland, a champion for the underserved. 100% of your donation will directly fund these student scholarships.
Every donation, however large or small, helps. Contribute to a scholarship today by clicking the button below or visiting