About the Daniels Scholarship Program
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In establishing the Daniels Scholarship Program, Bill Daniels wanted to find outstanding young people from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming who possess strong character, a motivation to succeed, a willingness to work hard, and a commitment to actively engage in their communities.
Each year, 250 new Daniels Scholars are selected from among thousands who apply. They go through a rigorous application, interview, and selection process. The reward of being selected for the program is the opportunity to obtain a 4-year college education at any accredited nonprofit college or university in the United States, complete with financial and personal support throughout the journey.
The Daniels Scholarship Program offers our students resources, encouragement, and inspiration far beyond financial assistance provided to help them earn a college degree. Our goal is not only to help Daniels Scholars succeed in college, but to ensure that they thrive beyond their years in college.
The Daniels Scholarship Program is both exciting and challenging, and we encourage you to read on to see if the Daniels Scholarship Program might be right for you.
Daniels Scholarship Program Open Application Process
The online application for the Daniels Scholarship Program will open September 1, 2013 and close at 4:00 PM MST on Friday, November 15, 2013. Students do not have to be nominated for the scholarship to apply, however they are required to obtain a recommendation from someone at their school.
Students who demonstrate the qualities Bill Daniels identified for the program, and who meet the eligibility requirements, are encouraged to submit their application no later than November 15, 2013. The application may take a significant amount of time to complete, so do not wait until the deadline to submit.
WHAT DOES THE DANIELS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM COVER?
Daniels Scholarships are not full-ride. Instead they are “last dollar” and are intended to cover the unmet need of the student. The scholarship amount is determined after all other financial aid resources and an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) have been applied. Amounts are different for each student and can change from year to year.
Daniels Scholarships pay toward a student’s required college expenses (i.e., tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and miscellaneous educational expenses).
Daniels Scholarships are annually renewable up to a maximum of four academic years (8 semesters or 12 quarters) if all requirements of the program are met.
WHERE CAN THE DANIELS SCHOLARSHIP BE USED?
Daniels Scholarships may be used at any two or four-year nonprofit accredited college or university in the United States. Students must intend to complete a bachelor’s degree. If students start at a two-year college, they must pursue an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree with an intended path to earn a bachelor’s degree. Daniels Scholarships may not be used at technical or trade schools or for participation in certificate programs. The Daniels Fund strongly encourages students to apply to college by the end of this December. If students have questions, they may contact the Daniels Fund for clarification.
FACTS ABOUT THE DANIELS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Daniels Scholars attend the new scholar summer conference prior to their freshmen year.
Daniels Scholars are expected to maintain minimum academic requirements while in college and be on track to graduate with a bachelor’s degree within four academic years.
Daniels Scholars are required to hold jobs during the school year to continue receiving their scholarships. The minimum work requirement is 125 hours during the first year and 250 hours during each of the other years.
While in college, Daniels Scholars participate in the Daniels Scholar Enrichment Program, a series of online workshops led by local and national experts on topics including Ethics, Character, Patriotism, Civics, Free Enterprise, Entrepreneurism, Leadership, Critical Thinking, and Etiquette.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
To be eligible for the Daniels Scholarship Program, students must satisfy the following requirements:
- Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States
- Be a resident of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming
- Be a senior graduating this academic year from any high school in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming
- Earn an ACT composite score of 17 or higher with no component score (math, English, reading, science) lower than 17; or an SAT combined math and critical reading score of 830 or higher, with math score no lower than 400 and critical reading no lower than 440.
- Demonstrate financial need
How are Daniels Scholars Selected?
Daniels Scholars are selected through a competitive process. After completing the application on the Daniels Fund website, Semifinalists will be notified in November and will be required to submit documents for purposes of verifying eligibility. Finalists will be notified in January and will participate in a personal interview conducted by volunteers in local communities across the four-state region. Candidates are evaluated based on how they demonstrate:
- Strength of character
- Leadership potential
- Academic performance or promise
- Willingness to give back to the community
- Well-rounded personality
Among the eligibility criteria for the Daniels Scholarship Program is financial need. The Daniels Fund determines financial eligibility by evaluating a number of factors, including household income, assets, number of family members in household, among other things. The first portion of the application is a brief questionnaire which requires certain information used to determine your initial eligibility. Applicants who satisfy the initial eligibility requirement will proceed to the remainder of the application. Applicants are required to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as part of the online scholarship application. The Daniels Fund uses the FAFSA to assess financial need and determine financial eligibility.
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