Illustrating the Daniels Fund's impact in the communities we serve

Brandon Lee Oldham

A Daniels Fund Impact Story

College Attended:
University of San Francisco (USF)
Political Science
Scholarship Year:
How the Daniels Fund Scholarship has impacted my life:

Please describe what it means to you to be a Daniels Scholar:    To me being a Daniels Scholar means that you are a leader, and have a responsibility to give back to the planet in whichever way you can. Being a Daniels Scholar is also being a role model, and setting the bar high, and succeeding at accomplishing your goals. Being pro active in your life and living in a way that helps others is what being a Daniels Scholar means to me.

What do you like most about being in college?    College is awesome; I’m not going to lie. The one thing I like the most is hard to say, there are just so many things I like about it. New friends, great and smart people, sporting events, and living in one of the greatest cities in the world, San Francisco, makes it hard to narrow it down to one. But the one thing I would have to say is my favorite is being educated about what I want to do in my future. Being able to go to class and know that what I’m learning will shape my future career is the greatest!

What has been the greatest challenge so far in college?    Although College is great, it is also hard. The greatest challenge for me has been managing my time wisely. There are so many things to do that sometimes classes seem like a hassle.  Classes are not a hassle at all but with all the reading and other fun events to attend, it gets hard to stay focused and remember why I’m at college.

What advice would you offer someone who is applying to become a Daniels Scholar?    Advice I would give when applying to become a Daniels Scholar is to never lose hope or sight of what can be gained through finishing the application. The application is long, and it does take a lot of thought, and it can be stressful sometimes especially when the result of your application may be the difference between you going to college or not. Start early, think carefully and never feel discouraged or lose sight of what can be gained. You’ve already come so far and have been nominated so take the initiative and do what you do best. You’re a leader; you were already nominated so that proves that. So keep your chin high and never give up!