Clint Stennett Scholarship fundraiser Sept. 4 in Ketchum

Two students funded by a scholarship in the name of the late Idaho Senate Minority Leader Clint Stennett are already enrolled at Idaho State University and a final fundraiser will be held next week.

Stennett, D-Ketchum, was a popular lawmaker who served two decades in the Senate and died in 2010 of brain cancer. His widow, Michelle Stennett, was elected to succeed him and, in December, became minority leader.

The scholarship fund has raised $60,000 to date. Eligible students must be from Blaine County, have good grades who demonstrate financial need and attend ISU’s College of Arts and Letters, where Stennett earned his degree.

Former Idaho House Minority Leader Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, is helping organize the event. The suggested contribution is $100.

For those not attending the lunch, checks may be sent to: Clint Stennett Scholarship Endowment, ℅ Idaho State University Foundation, 802 W Bannock  #206, Boise, ID 83702.

 The luncheon will be held in a private home in Ketchum. Details on RSVPs are in a news release from ISU:

Clint Stennett Scholarship luncheon set for Sept. 4 in Ketchum

A luncheon to complete the Idaho State University scholarship endowment for the late state Sen. Clint Stennett is Wednesday, Sept. 4, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Ketchum.

Stennett, who died of brain cancer in 2010, represented Blaine County in the Idaho Legislature for approximately 20 years. He was the longest-serving minority leader in the Idaho Senate. After his death, Stennett’s wife, Michelle, was elected to his seat and now represents District 26.

Idaho State University and family, friends and colleagues established the scholarship in 2011 to honor Stennett’s legacy and his passion for education. He earned his G.E.D in 1973 and attended College of Southern Idaho before graduating from ISU with a degree in journalism and advertising.

“He always felt like education was a level playing field, that anyone could go on and do something if given a hand,” said state Sen. Michelle Stennett.  “It made a huge difference in his life, and it was why he was able to succeed in what he was doing, and he wanted to give that opportunity to other students.”

To date, donors have contributed more than $60,000, and the endowment has funded its first two scholars. Charlie Rivera, a 2012 Carey High School graduate, just completed his freshman year at the Pocatello campus, and 2013 Wood River High School graduate, Rachel Conover, will enter the university this fall.

The scholarship money is awarded to residents of Blaine County who plan to major in studies through the ISU College of Arts and Letters. To qualify, students must graduate high school with a minimum of a 3.0 grade-point average and demonstrate a financial need.

The fundraising luncheon is being hosted at a private residence by state Sen. Michelle Stennett; former state Rep. Wendy Jaquet; Ketchum residents Trish and Dave Wilson; and ISU.

For additional information, call the ISU Advancement Office in Boise at (208) 334-4781 or email by Wednesday, Aug. 28.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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