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Daniels Fund announces winners of 2020 scholarship

In Colorado, 212 highs school seniors won the scholarship.
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COLORADO, USA — The Daniels Fund announced the names of its annual high school Daniels Scholarship Program awardees Monday, the scholarships granted to students in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

About 2,265 students submitted an application to the program, while only 212 received the scholarship: 128 students from Colorado, 32 from Wyoming, 28 from Utah and 24 from New Mexico. The high school seniors were required to turn in their applications on or before Nov. 15, 2019.

The selected students may choose to attend any accredited non-profit college or university in the U.S.

Bill Daniels, a cable television pioneer, founded the Daniels Fund in 1996 to provide hardworking individuals with opportunities to better their lives, the foundation's website says. The awardees were chosen based on Daniels’ valued principles of character, leadership, community involvement, academic performance, well-roundedness and maturity. The scholarship program is secondary to any external grants and scholarships and helps pay for tuition, room and board, books and supplies and various other educational expenses.

According to their website, their average grant size is around $75,000, although it varies year-to-year. Since 2000, the Daniels Fund has awarded its scholars over $204 million.

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The president and CEO of the Daniels Fund, Linda Childears, said she is looking forward to what the new scholars’ potential will bring.

“We’re thrilled to welcome these impressive young people and can’t wait to see what they will do with this opportunity,” Childears said in a statement. “Our goal is to help each of these scholars succeed in college and ultimately become independent, successful in a rewarding career, and actively engaged in their community.”

Including the 212 added this year, the Daniels Fund has awarded its scholarship to 4,373 students.

High school seniors graduating in 2021 can apply for the scholarship program this fall on their website.

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