Applications are now open for the prestigious Daniels Scholarship Program.
Every year, the Daniels Fund grants scholarships to excellent students from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming to any two- or four-year nonprofit, accredited institution or university in the United States. Depending on the school of choice, the scholarships may pay all connected expenditures.
Selected students exhibit great character, leadership, and a dedication to service to their communities. The foundation aims to award approximately 200 scholarships to Class of 2024 graduates in March.
Applications close Oct. 15 at 4 p.m.
“Bill Daniels believed a great education can be game-changing for young people with great potential, strong character, and big dreams,” Daniels Fund President and CEO Hanna Skandera said in a news release. “We look forward to supporting the next generation of leaders, and the positive impact they will make with this opportunity.”
When Daniels died in 2000, he left $1.1 billion to establish his namesake fund. According to the statement, the fund has distributed more than $250 million to over 5,000 academics since its inception.
For some partner schools in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming, the scholarship is a full ride. The Daniels Fund website has a list of current partners.
Students attending a non-partner school inside the fund’s four-state territory can receive $30,000 in educational expenditures over four years, while students attending a non-partner school outside of the four-state region can receive up to $100,000 in educational expenses over four years.
Daniels Scholars also receive a laptop and career development, networking and leadership development opportunities.
Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Be a graduating high school senior.
- Be a resident of Daniels Fund’s four-state region.
- Be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
- Earn a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in high school on an unweighted 4.0 scale.
- Earn a minimum SAT math score of 490 and a minimum evidence-based reading and writing score of 490, or a minimum ACT score of 18 in each category (writing score not required).
- Applicants’ parents or guardians must have an adjusted gross income of $100,000 or less on their 2022 tax return on which the applicant is claimed as a dependent.