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

Jackelyn Nguyen

A Daniels Fund Impact Story

College Attended:
University of Denver [transfer from UCD]
Scholarship Year:
How the Daniels Fund Scholarship has impacted my life:

Please describe what it means to you to be a Daniels Scholar:   To be a Daniels Scholar means you are a person of integrity and value. Being a Daniels Scholar means that I am fortunate to be where I am and have been given the opportunity to exceed and fulfill my dreams with the support of the Daniels Fund and wonderful staff.

What do you like most about being in college?    I like having the independence that high school did not cater to and I love the challenge and knowing that someday I can graduate from college and go help people.

What has been the greatest challenge so far in college?    Staying focused and deciding on a major. Being a transfer student I was testing the grounds before I took any big steps. I never had the luxury of knowing what I wanted to do, and in some ways I'm still not 100 percent sure, but I do know that because of Daniels I have a little room to wiggle to decide what I want and know that I can go to a staff member for support.

What advice would you offer someone who is applying to become a Daniels Scholar?    Be honest. There is no need to lie. I watched a few of my high school friends lie about community service hours and such to impress colleges and in hopes of getting scholarships, but in the end they were only cheating their selves and possibly somebody else out of the opportunity to receive a scholarship. It's better to really show what you're capable of and willing to do, than sit back and lie about it. Work hard and try to do everything within your power to better yourself and just remember that the decision to take that step to further your education is halfway there in the process to go to college!