Life Programs, Grants, and Scholarships

We are proud of the quality of education received by students in the Lewiston Public Schools, and recognize that this quality is the result of hard work by teachers and support personnel.

One concrete way to support classroom teachers is through Impact Grants. Grant requests are reviewed and selected through a competitive process. Top ranked applications are selected and recipients are announced in the spring for awards which may be spent in the following July-June fiscal year.

LIFE also administers several recognition programs for staff. Nominations for the Baskin Award are due in February and announced in March. Teacher of the Year nominations are due in June, and are announced in August; ESP of the Year nominations are due in March and are announced in May.


Impact Grants are awarded each year to staff within the Lewiston School District to benefit and support students and staff by providing funds for innovative educational opportunities. Any Lewiston School District staff member can complete an application for a project that benefits Lewiston students or schools. Once a year in the spring, the LIFE board reviews applications, and awards are granted based on the proposed projects and funds available for that year. Grants are awarded for the following school year.

All proposed innovative projects must meet one or more of the following objectives: 

  • Enhance student achievement and talents
  • Motivate students
  • Expand educational opportunities
  • Promote innovation
  • Team teaching or interdisciplinary projects

Previous Impact Grants awarded include: 

  • Literature books and Library Projects
  • Science Projects
  • Care closets
  • Book Nooks
  • Musical Instruments
  • Math and Literacy Centers
  • De-escalation Kits
  • Alternative Seating Choices
  • STEM expansions
  • Safe Zone areas for self-regulation
  • Pens and Pencil Kits
  • Dual credit scholarship program
  • Book Exchange Cart
  • Classroom technology


LIFE currently administers around 30 Endowed Scholarships and 20 non-endowed scholarships each year.

In addition to the privately funded scholarships, The LIFE Board of Directors has created two scholarships awarded to Lewiston students who will be furthering their education. These include The LIFE 21st Century Scholarship, awarded to a graduating senior with high character traits, and The LIFE Science Scholarship, awarded to a senior interested in science and pursuing a science or engineering degree. We also award the LHS Alumni Scholarship once a year, created by the LIFE Board.

River Trips


The students take this field trip upriver with local outfitters “Snake River Adventures” to learn about wildlife, geology, history and the importance of the river. In total, Snake River Adventure crews embarked on 15 tours with all the students.

The LIFE board has accepted the challenge to raise the funds needed in conjuction with efforts by the students and their teachers to take this amazing experience.  Many generations of Lewistonians remember this trip fondly and it has greatly influenced many young scientists, explorers and historians.

Please help us continue the tradition and DONATE to the annual 4th Grade River Trips.


Teacher of the Year

The deadline to submit your nomination for the Teacher of the Year Award is late spring. Selections are announced at the Teachers’ Back-to-School Assembly at LHS. Nominating forms are available upon request by contacting the school district, or on the district website.

Educational Support Personnel of the Year

Each year the Educational Support Personnel of the Year Award is chosen by a committee. The deadline to submit a nomination is in March. The winner will be announced at the May/June Board of Director’s meeting.

Nominating forms are available upon request by contacting the school district, or on the district website.

Baskin Award

Each year the Baskin Award is awarded to one outstanding elementary teacher in the school district. The recipient receives a check for $1,000.

Click here to download the Baskin Award Nomination Form



Kindergarten Tote Bags: LIFE puts together an educational tote for each incoming kindergartner each year. Bags are filled with a book, school supplies, fun activities, and information for parents.

Social Services Accounts: LIFE has several accounts that provide a safety net for families in urgent need of basic necessities such as food, clothing, transportation, and shelter assistance.

Scrip: LIFE has an ongoing program called Scrip that runs each month. All you do is select the gift cards you want on the form; if you are within the school district, the funds are automatically removed from your paycheck, and if you are not within the school district, a check can be made out to LIFE. You will receive the gift cards the following month, and they can be used at multiple businesses around the valley! To participate in Scrip, submit the form by the due date to receive your gift cards! Funds from Scrip go on to fund programs such as Impact Grants.

4th Grade Rendezvous: Lewiston 4th grade students participate in a continual year of learning Idaho history including Nez Perce history and culture. In May, students in the community experience early Idaho pioneer life through various activities that skilled community members exhibit.

Some of the activities in this all-day event include Appaloosa horses, Basque history and culture, butter and candle making, dugout canoes, fish, fry bread, furs and trapping, lumberjacks, mountain men, quilting, rock art, storytelling, and wagon rides!