Roger and Mary Higdem Scholarship


Dr. Roger Higdem, an influential and beloved part of the community at The College of Idaho, passed away at the age 86.

Higdem was a member of the College’s faculty from 1959 to 1999 as a math professor. During his four-decade time at the school, he also served as a Vice President, Provost, and Dean of Academic Affairs. He also spent many years as the chair of the math department, touching lives across campus in ways that are still felt to this day


Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer Bret Arsenault ’87 helped to establish a scholarship in Higdem’s name. During a visit to campus in 2017, Arsenault spoke of the legacy Higdem left upon him.

“It’s important to surround yourself with people who are greater and better than you,” Bret said about Higdem who he called his favorite professor. “[Roger] showed me ways to think that I wouldn’t have experienced if I went anywhere else.”


This Give Day, Bret Arsenault has put up a $10,000 match in honor of his Yote Hero. Help us unlock the full match in honor of Roger Higdem.


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$20,000 match
Every gift dollar for dollar will be matched by the Crookham Company until we hit $20,000!
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$50,000 Match
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Reach 200 gifts to unlock $10,000
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$10,000 Match for the Roger and Mary Higdem Scholarship
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$10,000 MATCHED
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Rank Answer Gifts
1 Alumni 291
2 Parent 68
3 Faculty/Staff 64
4 Friend 36
5 Parent to an Alumni 27
6 Student 16
7 Trustee 14
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