The Daniel’s Fund Scholarship offers scholarships to graduating seniors in high school who have shown leadership skills, good character, and involvement in community service activities. For students who meet all these requirements, there is an opportunity to earn a scholarship for four years to a college or university of their choice. The Daniel’s Fund provides a full ride scholarship as well as mentoring throughout the student’s college years. To date, more than 3,500 students have received funding through this scholarship mechanism in order to help defray the cost of their education. Students must come from one of the following four states, served by the Daniel’s Fund: Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, or New Mexico.
In order to be eligible for a scholarship through the Daniel’s Fund, students must meet a number of different criteria. First, the applicant must be a resident or citizen of the United States and live in the state of UT, WY, CO, or NM. Furthermore, each applicant must have a strong ACT or SAT score and demonstrate financial need through their FAFSA application. Lastly, students must be graduating from a high school that is located in New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah, or Colorado.
Given that there are many more applicants than funds available, the selection committee uses certain markers for making funding decisions. In this case, there are five main values that members of the committee look for when reviewing applications. As such, all applicants are judged based on the following five criteria: Community service, well-rounded personality, strength of character, previous academic merit and academic promise, and leadership ability.
The Daniel’s Scholarship permits the recipient to study at any accredited two-year or four-year college or university. The only two restrictions are that the applicant must plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree (they can start out at a junior college) and the college must be located in the United States. No funding will be provided for terminal certificate programs or technical schools.
Recipients who are luck enough to receive this scholarship receive complete tuition remission and additional funding. It should be noted that this award covers the difference of the actual cost of tuition and fees after the application of any other scholarships or awards. However, students can expect not to worry about textbooks, school supplies, room, board, student fees, or tuition. In addition, if a student opts to attend one of the 24 partner schools (which are all located in the four eligible states), the program will even cover the cost of the student’s expected family contribution as determined by the FAFSA. A list of the participating schools can be found here. Students can renew this award for up to four years as long as they maintain eligibility criteria.
Students who receive the award are expected to live on campus for their first year and work for at least 5 hours per week while in college. Students should also take part in an enrichment program, sponsored by the program, and maintain a 2.0 grade point average. Additional information about expectations and the application process can be found here.