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

Jaryse Carol Harris

A Daniels Fund Impact Story

College Attended:
Texas Tech University
Pre-med -haven't decided on Major: Math or Microbiology
Scholarship Year:
How the Daniels Fund Scholarship has impacted my life:

Please describe what it means to you to be a Daniels Scholar:    Being a Daniels Scholar to me is taking pride in who I am, what I stand for, and all I can become. It is taking an oath to uphold my name and the Daniels Fund. To me, it means rising above what people could have expected from us and proving that from humble beginnings come the greatest of endings. This time is a journey in my life, a journey of discovery, a journey of confusion, and most importantly a journey of adventure. Being a Daniels Scholar means not having all the answers and not knowing what the future has to offer, but having all the means and facilities necessary to face the future with success. Being a Daniels Scholar is both a challenge and a privilege that calls for going farther and reaching higher. The Daniels Scholars are the closest friends I have had even though I have not known them very long. Being a Daniels Scholar means being supported both financially and emotionally in a time of growth and learning.  By being a Daniels Scholar and all that it embodies by the organization, I am being all and more of the person I have always wanted to become.

What do you like most about being in college?    I really enjoy the variety that I have experienced. There are so many new and exciting aspects of college that I haven't expected.  From people, to classes and everything in between, there is something for everyone, and so many experiences.

What has been the greatest challenge so far in college?    It takes a lot of self-motivation in college to get everything done.  Time management is essential to success. Sleeping has been the most challenging thing for me thus far.

What advice would you offer someone who is applying to become a Daniels Scholar?    It has been one of the greatest blessings in my life. Never question whether you deserve for something this great to happen to you. You are more than you can ever expect to become. You are worth the world, especially in the eyes of God. There are so many people in this world who believe in you. The Daniels Fund is there to encourage and build you up. Believe in yourself, and know that there are so many opportunities.  All it takes is a little outreach. Fear is merely a self-imposed prison of doubt. Rise above the rest and demonstrate your greatness. Emily Dickenson put it well: 

“We never know how high we are, 'till we are asked to rise

 And then if we are true to form, our statures touch the skies

 The heroism we recite, would be a normal thing

 Did not ourselves the Cubits warp,

 For fear to be a King.”