VALLEY – On April 24 the Daniels Fund announced the names of 256 high school seniors from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming whose exceptional character, leadership, and commitment to giving back to the community earned them a place in the Daniels Scholarship Program.
Those included San Luis Valley students:
• Meghan Bothoff-Shanahan, Monte Vista High School, Monte Vista
• Catherine Donaldson, Monte Vista High School, Monte Vista
• Alexa Lobato, Center High School, Center
• Austin Lukondi, Sangre De Cristo High School, Mosca
Daniels Scholars may attend any accredited nonprofit college or university in the United States and the program covers the expenses that remain after all other scholarships and financial aid have been applied. Funding covers all or part of a student’s required college expenses such as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other educational expenses. Students also receive a laptop computer.
The new class of Daniels Scholars includes 177 from Colorado, 42 from New Mexico, 16 from Utah, and 21 from Wyoming. The percentages of scholarships awarded in each state were established by Bill Daniels, founder of the Daniels Fund.
Each year, the Daniels Fund awards more than $13 million in funding through the Daniels Scholarship Program. More than $95 million in scholarships have been awarded since the program was launched in the year 2,000. The funding received by each Daniels Scholar varies depending on the college or university they attend.
With this year’s announcement, more than 2,762 students have received the Daniels Scholarship. Since it is a four-year scholarship, there are approximately 1,000 Daniels Scholars attending some 214 colleges and universities in 44 states at any time.
Daniels Scholars benefit from tools such as an online curriculum that provides training and guidance from top business and community leaders in subjects that range from securing internships, civic engagement, and the importance of a strong work ethic.