Kaitlyn Friese and Matt Grover were nominated by their counselors for the scholarship. Both students exhibit high academic achievement as well as community service.
Kaitlyn Friese is planning to attend University of Arizona to become a neonatologist. Matt Grover is planning to attend University of Utah to become a biomedical engineer or orthopedic surgeon.
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.
The Daniels Scholarship is not “full ride,” but is supplemental to all other financial aid resources available to the student. 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.
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. Students also receive a laptop computer and a printer.
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.
Bill Daniels, a cable pioneer known for his kindness and generosity to those in need, established the Daniels Fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. When he died in the year 2000, his estate transferred to the Fund, making it the largest foundation in the Rocky Mountain West.