Two local Daniels Scholars traveled to the Denver campus of Johnson & Wales University to take part in a program designed to help them succeed in college.
Kealey Rich of Montezuma-Cortez High School and Toni White of Dolores High School are two of more than 250 newly-named Daniels Scholars from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming who spent June 20-24 in Denver for the program.
The Scholars Heading Into the Future Together (SHIFT) transition program provides an on-campus experience for students who were announced as recipients of the Daniels Scholarship last April. Activities include academic and career coaching, team building exercises, opportunities to experience college classes, and other workshops designed to prepare them for success in college.
The SHIFT program is designed to help our new Daniels Scholars set priorities that will enable them to succeed in college and move on to happy, productive lives, explained Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund.
In establishing the Daniels Fund, cable pioneer Bill Daniels directed the program to seek out promising students who demonstrate strength of character, a well-rounded personality and a record of accomplishment in giving back to the community. With this years class of Daniels Scholars, more than 2,260 deserving students have received scholarships since the program was launched in the year 2000.
The Daniels Scholarship is not full ride; it is supplemental to all other financial resources available to the student, including an estimated family contribution. After other financial aid resources have been applied, the Daniels Scholarship covers all required tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies and a variety of other miscellaneous expenses.
By requiring students to apply for other readily available financial resources such as Pell Grants, the Daniels Fund is able to provide even more scholarships to deserving young people seeking to attend college.
Daniels Scholars are also eligible to apply for dual-degree programs at their respective institutions, allowing them to earn their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years. The cost of attending summer school is also covered in the program.
Cable television pioneer Bill Daniels founded the Daniels Fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. His estate transferred to the Daniels Fund when he died in 2000, making it one of the largest foundations in the Rocky Mountain West.
Visit www.danielsfund.org for more information.