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

Daniels Scholarship Program






Overview of the Daniels Scholarship Program

Renae Bruning: "I am a Daniels Scholar"

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2013-2014 Daniels Scholarship Application Brochure

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Daniels Scholarship Program selection timeline


A comprehensive scholarship program that helps students build successful lives

The Daniels Scholarship Program seeks students who stand out for their character, leadership, and service. The program encompasses much more than just financial support. Students awarded the Daniels Scholarship become part of a family, and gain access to a support network designed to help them achieve success in college...and in life.

Character, leadership, and service

Students that become Daniels Scholars are chosen because they embody the traits and values Bill Daniels identified as hallmarks of the program. Daniels Scholars stand out because they demonstrate:

  • Exceptional character, ethics, and integrity
  • A hardworking nature and drive to succeed
  • Strong leadership qualities
  • A well-rounded personality
  • Compassion for others, and a commitment to give back to their communities

Who can apply for the Daniels
Scholarship Program?

To be eligible to apply for the Daniels Scholarship Program, at the time of application students must be current high school seniors graduating during that academic year from a high school in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. An applicant must be a current resident of one of these four states, and at the time of application, be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need, and meet other scholarship program requirements.

What's covered by the Daniels
Scholarship Program?

Each year, approximately 250 new Daniels Scholars are selected from among the thousands who apply. They go through a rigorous application, interview, and selection process. The reward of being selected is the opportunity to obtain a four-year college education at any nonprofit, accredited college or university in the United States — complete with financial and personal support throughout the college journey.

The Daniels Scholarship Program does not offer "full-ride" scholarships; instead, they are “last dollar” scholarships intended to cover the student's unmet financial need. The scholarship amount is determined after all other financial aid resources and an Expected Family Contribution (or "EFC") have been applied. Daniels Scholarships are intended to be used for the student’s required college expenses, including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and miscellaneous educational expenses.

Significant benefits for those ready
to meet the challenge

The Daniels Scholarship Program requires serious and ongoing effort, dedication to honoring the program’s core principles of character, leadership, and service, and successfully meeting a wide range of program requirements. 

For those equal to the challenge, the rewards and benefits are significant:

  • Financial assistance toward a four-year undergraduate degree at any nonprofit, accredited college or university in the United States (covers unmet financial need)
  • Scholars Heading Into the Future Together (SHIFT) orientation program that helps prepare Daniels Scholars for success in college and the Daniels Scholarship Program
  • Campus communities with events, activities, and support exclusively for Daniels Scholars
  • Dedicated help and support from Daniels Fund scholarship associates and designated on-campus contacts
  • Exclusive enrichment curriculum that helps students build a competitive advantage in the workplace
  • Job and internship connections
  • Daniels Scholar Alumni Program, offering ongoing support and a lifelong connection to a network of Daniels Scholars who share a unique bond and look out for one another


Daniels Scholars gain access to personalized support, professional development, and a far-reaching network of like-minded individuals that continues long after graduation.

The competitive path from high
school senior to Daniels Scholar

Getting into the Daniels Scholarship Program is a highly competitive process. High school seniors residing in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming who feel they embody the Daniels Scholarship Program’s desired characteristics are encouraged to apply. 

Students must demonstrate financial need to be considered. Applications are completed and submitted online via the Daniels Fund website in the fall. Scholarship recipients are announced the following spring. Approximately 250 scholarships are awarded each year.


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