One of the biggest honors a person or organization can receive from the City of Boise is an honorary key or certificate of appreciation. It’s the city’s way of recognizing people or groups who make significant contributions to the community and who help make Boise a better, more beautiful place to live, work, and play.

But what exactly does it take to earn an honorary key to Boise?

The City of Boise, also known as the City of Trees, has several different types of awards and recognitions, but the honorary key to the city is arguably its most prestigious. 

Scroll on to see how the process works!


The key to the City of Boise is awarded to people or groups who have made positive and lasting social, cultural, spiritual, or charitable areas. Are you one of them? Do you know someone who should be nominated?

Scroll on for a look at the nomination process.

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Given her enduring legacy in Boise, we just assumed Velma Morrison had been awarded a key to the city. After extensive Googling, we're stunned (or just severely mistaken) not to find a reference to the occasion.
In case we're not wrong and Velma wasn't made an honorary key holder to Boise, we're prepared to make a case for her candidacy.


Velma Morrison was a philanthropic force that shaped Boise State University's cultural landscape. Fulfilling her late husband Harry Morrison's vision, she spearheaded the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts in 1984, embodying their shared dreams. Boise State recognized Velma's contributions with the 1984 Silver Medallion, the school's highest service accolade.
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Her impact also earned her an honorary lifetime Boise State University Foundation membership in 2004 and a 2010 honorary doctorate! Beyond BSU, Velma's generosity, routed through the Harry W. Morrison Foundation, gifted Idaho the World Center for Birds of Prey in Idaho.
(If you can confirm Velma's key holder status, kindly email

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