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

Marlon Peoples

A Daniels Fund Impact Story

Marlon Peoples is a 2000 Daniels Fund Scholar who, after receiving his undergraduate degree in Health Education from Sam Houston University, went on to earn his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Langston University in Oklahoma.

College Attended:
Sam Houston State
Health Education
Scholarship Year:
How the Daniels Fund Scholarship has impacted my life:

Marlon Peoples  2000 Scholar:

Reaching his highest potential

What he originally thought would be his ticket to college changed, and so did his dreams. Marlon’s journey as a Daniels Fund Scholar began at Montebello High School where he anticipated his college would be paid for by a football scholarship.

After his expectations for a football scholarship didn’t work out, something else did. Marlon was selected to be a Daniels Fund Scholar. “I accepted it (the Daniels Fund scholarship) with gratitude knowing that they must have seen something special in me,” said Marlon.

“I wanted to prove to myself and the Daniels Fund that their decision to invest in my education and my life would be a choice they would not regret,” said Marlon.

Marlon applied and was accepted to Sam Houston St. University in Huntsville, TX and earned his B.S. in Health Education.  Marlon made the decision to attend school out of state because he felt that leaving home would establish a new chapter in his life. “I wanted to venture out, I spent my childhood and adolescent years in Denver, plus I felt I would mature better because I didn’t have family to run to every time I had a problem,” said Marlon.

The decision to study health education began when Marlon was a child. “Since I was a child I have always been fascinated with the human body, and I always knew that I wanted to pursue a career in the health field,” said Marlon.

What also added to Marlon’s accomplishment of graduating from college and receiving his degree was being the first in his family to graduate from a four year university. “It truly was a blessing for my family to see me be the first to graduate and go on to receive my DPT,” said Marlon.  

However, Marlon’s schooling didn’t stop there. He made the decision to continue with school and earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma.  

Marlon later passed his State Board Exam for Physical Therapy and earned the title Dr. to his name. “It’s so surreal to have Dr. in front of my name, because I really never planned on getting a Doctorate. It feels good to hear Dr. Peoples though. I feel a great sense of accomplishment and thank God for allowing me to achieve this level of success.”  

“My journey was long and sometimes tedious, but it was worth the ride,” said Marlon. “I thank God and the Daniels Fund because they provided financial, social, and educational resources that elevated me to reach my highest potential.”

Marlon currently resides in Houston, TX and will tell you he is now in a position in his life to give back his time and resources. “I am able to give financially to my previous schools and I give my time to speak to the youth about my life experiences and what it takes to make it to the next level.”