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The Daniels Scholarship Program provides a four-year annually-renewable college scholarship for graduating high school seniors who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, and a commitment to serving their communities.

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  Daniels Scholarship Program Overview   Daniels Scholarship Program Overview

The Daniels Scholarship is an exciting and challenging program that provides the opportunity to obtain a four-year college education at any accredited nonprofit college or university in the United States, complete with financial and personal support throughout the journey. The Daniels Scholarship Program offers resources, encouragement, and inspiration far beyond the financial assistance needed to earn a college degree. Our goal is not only to help Daniels Scholars succeed in college, but to ensure that they thrive beyond their years in college.

Every year, Daniels Scholars are selected from our four-state region of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Daniels Scholars currently attend more than 200 colleges and universities in 44 states.

To date, the Daniels Scholarship Program has provided more than $108.5 million in undergraduate scholarships to more than 3,000 students.

  What are the selection criteria for the Daniels Scholarship Program?   What are the selection criteria for the Daniels Scholarship Program?

Daniels Scholars are selected because they embody the principles and values Bill Daniels defined as hallmarks of the program:

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

In addition, there are a number of specific requirements to be eligible for the Daniels Scholarship Program. Please read the Eligibility section for full details.

  Eligibility   Eligibility

What are the eligibility requirements for the Daniels Scholarship Program?

To be eligible for the Daniels Scholarship Program, students must satisfy the following requirements at the time of application:

  Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  Be a resident of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming
  Be a high school senior graduating from a school in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming
  Earn an ACT composite score of 17 or higher with no component score (math, English, reading, science) lower than 17; or earn an SAT combined math and critical reading score of 830 or higher, with math score no lower than 400 and critical reading no lower than 440. All test scores must come from a single test, and must be submitted by the application deadline. Superscoring is not allowed.
  Demonstrate financial need

How does the Daniels Scholarship Program determine financial need?

The Daniels Fund assesses financial need by evaluating a number of factors such as the income and assets of the applicant’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s), the income and assets of the applicant, and individual circumstances.

Students do not need to be Pell eligible to be financially eligible for the Daniels Scholarship Program.

Unlike in previous years, applicants do not need to complete the FAFSA or College Board CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE as part of the application process.

Applicants must complete the first part of the online application, which is an eligibility questionnaire requiring financial information from the applicant and his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s). Applicants who do not satisfy the eligibility requirements, will not be able to proceed through the application. Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements, will be required to submit documents that will be used to verify their eligibility, such as official ACT/SAT scores; citizenship and residency documentation; and financial documents.

Income
All sources of income are considered, such as:
  Salaries, wages, and tips   Rental income
  Interest and dividend income   Retirement and pension distributions
  Alimony and/or child support received   Disability and/or Social Security benefits
  Business and farm income   Housing, living, or food allowances
 
Assets
All assets are considered, such as:
  Cash and savings   Business or farm assets
  Retirement accounts   Investments
  Home equity   Additional real estate properties, such as rental properties or second residences
 
Individual Circumstances
Individual circumstances are taken into consideration, such as:
  Marital status of parents
  Number of parents’ children
  Number of parents’ children in college (undergraduate only)
  Legally independent status of students
  Who provides financial support

  What does the Daniels Scholarship Program cover?   What does the Daniels Scholarship Program cover?

The Daniels Scholarship Program does not offer full-ride scholarships. Instead, it is a “last dollar” scholarship program that is intended to cover the unmet need of the student. The scholarship amount is determined after all other financial aid resources and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) have been applied. Amounts are different for each student and can change from year to year.

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Daniels Scholarships pay toward a student’s required college expenses (tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and miscellaneous educational expenses).

Daniels Scholarships are annually renewable up to a maximum of four academic years (8 semesters or 12 quarters) if all requirements of the Daniels Scholarship Program are met.

  Where can the Daniels Scholarship be used?   Where can the Daniels Scholarship be used?

Daniels Scholars may attend any two or four-year, nonprofit accredited college or university in the United States. Daniels Scholars must intend to complete a bachelor’s degree. If a Daniels Scholar starts at a two-year college, they must pursue an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree with an intended path to earn a bachelor’s degree. Daniels Scholarships may not be used at technical or trade schools, or for participation in certificate programs.

Daniels Scholars must attend one of the colleges or universities they have identified in their Daniels Scholarship Program application. The Daniels Fund strongly encourages high school students to apply to college by the end of December in their senior year.

  Why apply?   Why apply?

The Daniels Scholarship Program is much more than a check for college. It is a comprehensive program to help Daniels Scholars succeed in college and beyond. For those equal to the challenge, the rewards and benefits are significant:

  • Financial assistance toward a four-year undergraduate degree
  • Campus communities with events, activities, and support exclusively for Daniels Scholars
  • Dedicated help and support from Daniels Fund associates and designated on-campus contacts
  • Alumni Program, offering ongoing support and a lifelong connection to a network of Daniels Scholars
  • Recognition as a Daniels Scholar
  • A new laptop

  Expectations and requirements for Daniels Scholars   Expectations and requirements for Daniels Scholars

  • Maintain minimum academic requirements (2.0 GPA) while in college and be on track to graduate with a bachelor’s degree within four academic years
  • Live on-campus during freshman year
  • While in college, work in a paid position during the academic year (5 hours per week the first year in college and 10 hours per week every year after)
  • While in college, participate in the Daniels Scholarship Enrichment Program, a series of online workshops led by local and national experts on topics including ethics, character, patriotism, civics, free enterprise, entrepreneurship, leadership, critical thinking, and etiquette
  • Honor and live by the Daniels Scholar Code of Conduct
  • Provide regular updates to Daniels Fund associates
  • Meet deadlines to complete scholarship requirements and renewal documents
  • Attend our scholarship orientation conference prior to freshman year

  Application process and selection timeline   Application process and selection timeline

Getting into the Daniels Scholarship Program is highly competitive. Each year, thousands of applicants go through a rigorous application and interview process.

Applications and recommendations must be submitted online through the application website between September 15 and November 17, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. MST. As part of the application, students are required to submit documents that will be used to verify their eligibility, such as official ACT/SAT scores; citizenship and residency documentation; and financial documents.

All applicants will be notified in January whether they have been selected as a finalist, and finalists will be invited to participate in a personal interview. Interviews are conducted in February by community leaders in the state in which the finalist lives. Daniels Scholars are announced in March, and are required to attend our scholarship orientation conference in June.

For more information about the application process, visit the Apply page.

Application Period: September 15 - November 17, 2014 | Deadline: 4:00 p.m. MST

The application period is now closed.

 

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Application Period: September 15 - November 17, 2014 | Deadline: 4:00 p.m. MST

The application period is now closed.