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In response to the impact that COVID19 had on our students' summer plans, Boise State created the Hometown Challenge, which provided our students with an opportunity to invest in themselves over the summer and earn a $1000 scholarship for the fall. By joining the Hometown Challenge students were able to move their education forward, gain professional experience, build skills and grow their network – all while adding value to their local community. The idea behind the Hometown Challenge was providing students with an opportunity to combine their education and creativity by developing and launching a summer project that they believed could positively impact their community. Students were supported by Career Services through cohort meetings with reflection opportunities, coaching, support, and one-on-one career development appointments. Students had to complete all elements of the Challenge in order to earn the scholarship.
The Hometown Challenge was a Win-Win-Win for all..... Students got the opportunity to move their education forward, communities were positively impacted by the projects, and Boise State got to stay connected to these students over the summer retaining all students who participated.
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Boise State University, "Boise State Hometown Challenge Summer 2020" (2020). Rebuilding the Launchpad: Serving Students During Covid Resource Library. 6.