J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation Announces $3 Million Grant

The Board of Directors of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation today announced a $3 million grant to the Boise State University Foundation.

The grant establishes a partnership between the Foundation and Boise State's intercollegiate athletics program. Funding will be used to expand the football athletic complex, create an academic center within the complex, and continue the Foundation's Go On awareness campaign in conjunction with Boise State Athletics.

The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation developed the Go On Campaign in 2009 to raise awareness of the need for education and training after high school.

"Our goal is to increase the percentage of Idahoans graduating with quality degrees and certificates from 34% to 60% by 2018," said Jamie MacMillan, Foundation executive director. "We believe the partnership will provide a great platform-Boise State and Coach Petersen have the respect, character and caliber needed to take this important message to thousands of Idaho youth and families."

"The 'Go On' campaign has been extremely successful in building awareness for the importance of educational attainment," said President Bob Kustra.  "This partnership signals a further commitment to the goal and ultimately the well-being of our state and its citizens.  Boise State University is proud to be involved."

"This opportunity is confirmation that Boise State is doing the right thing, putting the emphasis on our athletes as students and role models. We can't thank the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation enough for the difference this gift will make in our continued efforts to improve our intercollegiate athletic program," said Curt Apsey, Interim Athletic Director.

 "I am honored to be part of the Go On campaign," said Head Coach Chris Petersen. "Our student-athletes and I look forward to reaching more students with this crucial message to have a plan and to Go On. There is no doubt that these students who choose to "Go On" will transform their lives."

The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation is a private, Idaho-based family foundation, dedicated to making a measurable positive impact on improving education in Idaho.

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