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CWI Impact - Davianne's Story

"We believe education is a key stepping stone in advancing your career. We know that education beyond high school is a serious accomplishment that needs to be achieved if you want a professional or technical career. That is why we fund scholarships to folks who need assistance."
-Gary Multanen, Best Bath Systems, Inc

Reasons to Support Scholarship Donations:

  • The lifetime earning potential for those with an associate’s degree is nearly one-third more than those with a high school diploma
  • Your donation is tax deductible
  • CWI tuition is nearly half the cost of four-year universities – your money goes farther here!

We Have Two Types of Scholarships:

  • Annual Scholarships are distributed every year until all funds are distributed in their entirety.
  • Endowed Scholarships are established to provide scholarships that will last year after year. The principal is invested, and the interest accrued is then disbursed as scholarships based on the donor's criteria.

There are Various Factors for Scholarships:

  • Need Based - students in need of financial assistance
  • Program Based - students in a specific program
  • Merit Based - students with a high GPA
  • CWIF Scholarship

    Support our CWIF Scholarship

    College of Western Idaho (CWI) is a community college committed to accessibility and inclusiveness facilitated by open admissions and low tuition for everyone regardless of previous academic experience and financial status. Giving to the College of Western Idaho Foundation (CWIF) Scholarship makes a profound impact on the life and career of a student at CWI.

  • Support a Current Scholarship

    To learn more about our existing scholarships, contact the Scholarship Coordinator at or 208.562.3507 to discuss criteria.

  • Create a Scholarship

    Start Your Scholarship

    You can create a scholarship with a minimum gift of $500. Scholarships can be awarded based on a donor's interest in a specific program, financial need, specific student background, etc.

    Questions about establishing a new scholarship? Contact the Scholarship Coordinator at or 208.562.3507.

Thank you to the Nagel Foundation

Nagel Foundation logoThe John F. Nagel Foundation was formed in 1989 by Mildred Nagel to honor the memory of her late husband John F. Nagel and son Jack Nagel. They were the son and grandson of Nagel Beverage founder John Henry Nagel. Nagel family members contributed to the foundation over time, and the foundation grew as did the grants to the community. In 1997, the foundation granted $250,000 to 17 community organizations for the year. That increased to over $500,000 in grants in 2003, and reached $1 million in annual grants by 2007.

Changing trends in the beverage business led to the sale of Nagel Beverage Company in 2009. At this time, Vance Miller, CEO of Nagel Beverage Company made a promise to Anne Nagel that he would continue with the family and maintain the leadership role with the John F. Nagel Foundation. He continues to serve as The John F. Nagel Foundation President.

Learn more about the Nagel Foundation.

*Gifts made to the CWI Foundation are tax deductible (Tax ID# 27-1159705) to the full extent allowed by law. Consult your tax professional for advice on your personal tax situation.

Scholarship News and Blogs

Paddles Up

Thank you to all who participated in College of Western Idaho Foundation’s ninth-annual Opening Doors Benefit Event and auction to raise more than $218,000.

Michael Hertel

Through College of Western Idaho, Advanced Mechatronics Engineering Technology student, Michael Hertel, has discovered new studies and industries — some of which he hopes will lead to a life-long career for himself.

Sara Dorman

Health Science major, Sara Dorman, had a culinary career that lasted nearly two decades before she made the decision to switch industries and join College of Western Idaho.

Wade Kindberg stands in his Mechatronics classroom

In his fourth year at College of Western Idaho, Machine Tool Technology student, Wade Kindberg, continues to learn new skills and trades for a future career.

Nathaniel Dando poses with a motorcycle

New scholarship honors late CWI Machine Tool Technology graduate, Nathaniel Stewart Dando.

CWI employees, Heather Grayson and Dallas Hulsey, holding check from S.E.E.4VETS

A generous donation from the non-profit organization, S.E.E.4VETS, will fund six, $1,680, scholarships available to eligible veteran students at the College.