Trang Doan Memorial Scholarship

Better Life Scholarship, Idaho

Made possible by a generous external gift, the A Better Life Scholarship is designed to help students from mainland China achieve their goal of earning a U.S. graduate degree. This is a scholarship by Boise State University. Boise State University is a public research university in Boise, Idaho.

Key Facts

  • PHD, Master
  • Up to $26,566
  • 30 September 2024


  • Hold a passport from mainland China
  • Be admitted to a Master’s or Doctoral program at Boise State
  • Have and maintain a 3.00 minimum GPA
  • Preference is given to female applicants, but all students who meet the above criteria will be considered for this award.


The A Better Life Scholarship is worth up to $26,566 per academic year. This scholarship is renewable for four years for Doctoral degree students and two years for Master’s degree students.


Consideration for the A Better Life Scholarship is automatic and requires no additional application. In order to be considered, students should have all admissions materials submitted by:

Fall Semester: April 1st

Spring Semester: October 1st

How to Apply

Depending on who you are, the steps in your application process may vary slightly. If you’d like to learn more about how to apply, select the type of student you are.

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 Frequently Asked Questions

What is a graduate Assistantship? How is it different from a scholarship?

A Graduate Assistantship (GA) is an offer of funding in exchange for some work commitment on the part of the student. Assistantships vary in size, but often cover tuition, fees, and health insurance, and pay an additional living stipend. In exchange, students are expected to undertake teaching, research, or administrative duties in their academic department.

A scholarship is also an offer of funding from the university, but comes with no work requirements.

What are the deadlines to apply for funding?

Graduate Gem Scholarships have deadlines of February 15th (Fall semester) and October 1st (Spring semester). Note that not all graduate programs accept students for both semesters.

Departmental funding deadlines vary. Please check with your academic department to ensure you meet any deadlines.

Can I combine multiple funding sources?

Typically not. If you receive a graduate assistantship, you will no longer be eligible for the Gem Scholarship.

Is it possible to receive full funding at Boise State?

Many departments at Boise State offer very competitive funding packages to qualified students including full funding options and stipend awards. Be sure to check with your academic department for more specifics

Where can I get more information about funding opportunities for Boise State graduate students?

In addition to this page, we recommend visiting the Boise State Graduate College’s funding page and consulting with your academic department directly.

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