College scholarships for young people of exceptional character
and non-traditional students through two distinct programs

The Daniels Scholarship

Application & Selection Process

   New Daniels Scholars at SHIFT 2012  



High school seniors from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming graduating in 2014 are encouraged to visit the Daniels Fund website in September and October to apply online for the Daniels Scholarships to be awarded in Spring 2014.

Daniels Scholars are selected through a community-based process.  

Applicants complete a detailed online application, which is accompanied by recommendations provided by two additional supporters. Complete applications are screened for eligibility and evaluated by multiple reviewers to determine the Semifinalists.

Semifinalists provide additional eligibility documentation and participate in interviews conducted by business, community, and civic leaders from each community. These interviews determine the awarding of Daniels Scholarships to those who will become part of the 2014 Class of Daniels Scholars.

Eligible applicants are evaluated using the selection criteria established by Bill Daniels: 

  • Willingness to give back to the community
  • Leadership potential
  • Academic performance or promise
  • Strength of character
  • Well-rounded personality


It is important to understand that the application takes time to complete and includes several short answer questions. You will also be required to obtain two recommendations from individuals who know you well.

Do not wait until the last minute to apply. You are not required to complete the online application all at once and you may return to add or change your information, but no edits will be accepted past the deadline.


Following the review of all complete applications, Semifinalists are chosen. If you are selected as a Semifinalist, you will be invited to participate in an interview with a group of leaders from your community.

You will also be asked to provide the following additional documentation:

  • Official copies of high school academic transcripts
  • ACT or SAT exam results
  • Copies of your household income tax information (including W-2 forms, IRS tax forms, etc.)
  • A copy of your U.S. birth certificate, passport, or other certified documentation showing you are U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Scholarship Awards
Final scholarship award recipients will be announced in Spring 2014.


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