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

Jessica Kalin

A Daniels Fund Impact Story

College Attended:
University of Colorado at Boulder
I'm completely undecided right now.
Scholarship Year:
How the Daniels Fund Scholarship has impacted my life:

Please describe what it means to you to be a Daniels Scholar:   During SHIFT, our family group had a discussion about integrity and what it means to have integrity.  My favorite answer that came up was: "integrity is what you do when no one is watching."  This is what it means for me to be a Daniels Scholar.  Holding myself to the highest expectations I can imagine for myself, and following through with them.  Helping others in need without being told.  Being a Daniel's Scholar means you give back to your community.  As a Daniel's scholar, you are aware of your surroundings, and if they are not what you'd like to see, then you step up and "be the change you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

What do you like most about being in college?   The independence! It’s very challenging, but I'm learning so much from that factor alone.  You learn a lot about yourself in college: how driven you are with no one to push you, how responsible you REALLY are, and you also learn things about yourself you may never have known! The social and academic aspect of college are both very interesting, and new to me, as college is the exact opposite of what we are used to in high school.

What has been the greatest challenge so far in college?    Keeping on top of myself, and making sure I complete all my assignments.  It seems that once I get an assignment completed, I have an even bigger one that follows! I never realized that people weren't exaggerating when they said college is completely different than high school.  It's definitely different in a good way though!

What advice would you offer someone who is applying to become a Daniels Scholar?  Be persistent!  Take your time writing the essays, and don't give up.  Be yourself 100%.  EVERYONE at the Daniel's Fund is an amazing person! They are all very understanding and helpful.  Don't be afraid to ask questions if something is unclear, and make sure you stay in contact with someone who can help you along the way.  My high school counselor was my biggest supporter while applying for the Daniel's Fund Scholarship.  Find someone like your parents, your high school counselor, or even a teacher who can give you advice (even on little things!).  Keep them updated with your progress throughout the application process, semi-finalists interviews, and at the end you can share your enthusiasm with this person when you are selected as a Daniel's Scholar! You have so many resources available to you, use them!