Two college-bound students from Pagosa Springs — Jessica Martinez (Fort Lewis College) and Kade Skoglund (Western State College) — are joining other recipients of the prestigious Daniels Scholarship for an intensive program, July 7-11 at the University of Denver, designed to help them succeed in college.
The Scholars Heading Into the Future Together (SHIFT) transition program provides an on-campus experience for students from families with demonstrated financial need. Activities include academic and career coaching, team building exercises, opportunities to experience college classes, and other workshops designed to prepare them for their success in college.
?“The SHIFT program helps our new Daniels Scholars set priorities that will enable them to succeed in college and move on to happy, productive lives,” 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 students he termed “diamonds in the rough.” He was looking for promising students with financial need whose academic performance may not necessarily reflect their potential, but who demonstrate strength of character, a well-rounded personality and a record of accomplishment in giving back to the community.
This year, 255 students from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming were named to receive the Daniels Scholarship. With the class of Daniels Scholars, more than 1,750 deserving students have received scholarships since the program was launched in the year 2000.
The Daniels Scholarship is not “full ride,” but 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.
Daniels Scholars are also eligible to apply to enter dual-degree programs at their respective institutions allowing them to earn their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years. The cost of attending summer school is also covered in the program.
Cable television pioneer Bill Daniels founded the Daniels Fund in 1997 to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.? His estate transferred to the Fund when he died in 2000, making it one of the largest foundations in the Rocky Mountain West.