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When students face hardships, it can hinder their academic progress. Price Worrell has experienced it first hand. But thanks to loving parents, Price was able to overcome obstacles and has established the Price L. Worrell Scholarship to pay it forward.

The first Price L. Worrell Scholarship was awarded to Jensen Parrish Hall. In February 2014, while Jensen was serving a mission, she learned that her parents and two younger brothers died from carbon monoxide poisoning in their Pocatello home. Upon her return, Jensen had to plan a funeral for her father, mother, and two brothers and prepare for her future.

“Receiving the Price L. Worrell Scholarship has been a blessing for me. Because of the passing of my parents, I experienced a lot of stress, including financial stress. Receiving this scholarship helped me to get through the last semester of school, making it easier for me to focus on my grades and my goals. Receiving the scholarship made me feel as if someone was aware of me and my situation, someone who wanted to help me to succeed.”

In 2017, Jensen graduated from Idaho State University with a degree in English and is now working as a teacher. She is also a public speaker and online blogger. She uses her family’s experience to help bring hope and raise awareness to people across the country.

Price wants to be able to continue to help students like Jensen who face adversity and need extra financial support to finish their degree. To keep the momentum going, Price will match every gift made, dollar for dollar, in support of this great scholarship.

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Price's story

In 2014, Price Worrell was a graduate student in the Department of English when his father, Gordon, passed away. During this emotional time, his mother approached him with an opportunity to fulfill his dream of paying it forward and helping others the same way that Gordon and Pamela helped him. When Price was 17, Gordon and Pamela adopted him so that he could escape an abusive home. It was this act of love that forever changed Price's life. With his parents loving support, he was able to overcome his struggles with PTSD and alcoholism that plagued him into his thirties.

So, when Price was asked if he would like to use his inheritance to help others, he knew that he wanted to help students who had faced adversity. "My mom said that both she and Dad knew that I wanted to help others in a long-term way. By establishing this scholarship, I am following in my parents example: they taught me to first stand on my own feet and to then give extra if I had it."

Because of his parents, Price overcame adversity, completed his bachelor's degree and is currently wrapping up his master's thesis on Old English wisdom poetry. He hopes that by creating a scholarship endowment, that he will be able to help others attain their dreams and inspire them to offer help to others.

Price said, "No one gets to where they need to be without help. This belief was one of the hallmarks of my late father's character." Today, the Price L. Worrell Scholarship is awarded to a senior studying English that is dealing with a personal hardship or has overcome adversity.

Price will match your donation!

Price will match your donation, dollar for dollar, up to $5,000, when you give to the Price L. Worrell Scholarship. This scholarship will help students who have been challenged by life circumstances graduate and pursue their dreams. For many students, these hardships have a direct impact on the their ability to fund their education. Our goal is to eliminate financial barriers and encourage them to continue their studies.

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Online - using the the form below.
Phone - call (208)282-3470
Mail - ISU Foundation, 921 S. 8th Ave Stop 8050, Pocatello, ID 83209-8050
ISU Payroll Deduction - Return this form to the Foundation
Estate Gift - Include ISU in your will or estate plan, contact Pauline Thiros at (208) 282-4883 or thirpaul@isu.edu.