Raven Scholars Program
Serving Students on the Autism Spectrum
The Raven Scholars Program is an individualized, supported-transition program for University of Idaho students on the autism spectrum. This award-winning program was founded in 2011 with funds generously donated by Tom Alberg and Judi Beck of The Raven Trust. The program is currently still operating under a gift budget and there is no additional cost for student enrollment. Participants are chosen on a first come, first serve basis.
"It means an environment where everyone feels safe and supported. It is a place to be yourself and get advice to succeed in college."
"Having someone to guide me and hold me accountable to my schedule is my favorite part. It helps me to talk over my schedule and stay on track."
Participation in the Raven Scholars Program provides opportunities for:
- Daily or Weekly Planning Meetings
- Individual Coaching
- Life and Social Skills Classes
- Social Events
- Coordination of Campus Services
- Service Learning Opportunities
How to Participate
Please download and complete the application and return by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Raven Scholars Program 875 Perimeter Drive MS 4257, Moscow, ID 83844.
Students who would like to learn more about the University of Idaho and participation in the Raven Scholars program are welcome to contact us and arrange a visit. Email Raven Scholars coordinator, Leslie Gwartney, at email@example.com or call 208-885-9107.
The Raven Scholars program supports University of Idaho students who are on the Autism Spectrum by providing coordination of campus services, peer mentoring, social and life skills coaching, supported decision making and strategies to improve academic, social and life skills.
The Raven Scholars program will be an exemplification of how to empower individuals on the Autism Spectrum to reach their academic performance goals, develop strong self-advocacy skills and prepare for meaningful careers.
The Raven Scholars program embraces values that support the university’s strategic planning and goals. We value:
- Personal and institutional transformation
- Academic excellence
- Empower program participants to achieve academic success and participate fully in the university experience.
- Provide insight, support and knowledge about autism to members of the campus community.
- Enrich the diversity of the campus culture through the inclusion of people who are on the autism spectrum.
- Encourage program participants to develop meaningful careers and make valuable contributions to their communities.
Program Awards and Recognition
Check out the March 2019 article, Putting the Person First, which features interviews of two Raven Scholar students in U of I's Blot Magazine.
University of Idaho group helps students find their way, but future funding remains uncertain. Click here to read the story.
The Raven Scholars Program was also given credit when The University of Idaho was named one of the Top 20 Best Online Colleges for Students with Autism in 2017 by onlinecollegeplan.com. They looked at universities and colleges across the nation measuring freshman retention and graduation rates as well as commitment to students on the spectrum.
The Raven Scholars Program won The May Dunn Ward Innovative Program Award in 2012 for programmatic innovation to creatively address student learning. The award was presented by The Northwest Association of Student Affair Professionals.