New Daniels Scholars attend orientation program
More than 250 newly named Daniels Scholars from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming spent June 20-24 at the Denver Campus of Johnson & Wales University.Thursday, July 5, 2012
More than 250 newly named Daniels Scholars from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming spent June 20-24 at the Denver Campus of Johnson & Wales University taking part in a program designed to help them succeed in college.
The Scholars Heading Into the Future Together (SHIFT) transition program provides an on-campus experience for students who were announced as recipients of the Daniels Scholarship last April. Activities include academic and career coaching, team building exercises, opportunities to experience college classes, and other workshops designed to prepare them for success in college.
“The SHIFT program is designed to help our new Daniels Scholars set priorities that will enable them to succeed in college and become productive and contributing members of our society,” explained Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund.
In establishing the Daniels Fund, cable pioneer Bill Daniels directed the program to seek out promising students who demonstrate strength of character, a well-rounded personality and a record of accomplishment in giving back to the community.
With this year’s class of Daniels Scholars, more than 2,600 deserving students have received scholarships since the program was launched in the year 2000. The group of new Daniels Scholars includes approximately 184 from Colorado, 43 from New Mexico, 16 from Utah, and 24 from Wyoming.
The Daniels Scholarship is not “full ride;” it is supplemental to all other financial resources available to the student, including an estimated family contribution. After other financial aid resources have been applied, the Daniels Scholarship covers all required tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies and a variety of other miscellaneous expenses.
By requiring students to apply for other readily available financial resources such as Pell Grants, the Daniels Fund is able to provide even more scholarships to deserving young people seeking to attend college.
Cable television pioneer Bill Daniels founded the Daniels Fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. His estate transferred to the Daniels Fund when he died in 2000, making it one of the largest foundations in the Rocky Mountain West.