High school seniors encouraged to apply for Daniels Scholarship


By Bruce Wilmsen
Daniels Fund

Applications for the nationally recognized Daniels Scholarship Program are now open for high school seniors in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Interested students should visit DanielsFund.org to apply for the Daniels Scholarship Program before Nov. 15 at 4 p.m.

The Daniels Scholarship Program provides the opportunity for highly motivated students to earn a bachelor’s degree that helps them build a successful career and rewarding life. Daniels Scholars demonstrate exceptional character, leadership and a commitment to serving their communities. Bill Daniels would also want his scholars to be proud Americans who value our free enterprise system and are prepared to give the world their very best shot.

Now in its 21st year, the program has provided more than $220 million in undergraduate scholarships to approximately 4,600 students. The goal of the program is to help each Daniels Scholar thrive through college and earn a degree — a step that will ultimately lead to becoming an independent, contributing citizen with a rewarding career who is actively engaged in their community.

The Daniels Scholarship Program provides a four-year college scholarship that is unique to each student and varies depending on their expected family contribution (EFC) and their choice of school. The scholarship pays up to $25,000 per year toward the student’s unmet need, after applying their EFC, other scholarships and financial aid.

Daniels Scholars may attend any accredited nonprofit college or university in the United States.

Eligibility requirements:

• Be a current high school senior graduating during the 2021-2022 academic year from a high school in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah or Wyoming.

• Be a current resident of one of these four states and a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

• Earn a minimum 3.0 high school GPA (on an unweighted 4.0 scale).

• Earn a minimum SAT math score of 490 and a minimum Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 490, or a minimum ACT score of 18 in each category (writing score not required). Super scoring is not accepted.

• The applicant’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must have an adjusted gross income, or AGI, of $85,000 or less on the 2020 tax return on which the applicant appears. For claimed dependents beyond the applicant, there is an allowance for an additional $5,000 for each dependent or $15,000 for each additional dependent in college full-time.