Six CPP Students Semifinalists for Daniels Scholarship

February 9, 2012 - Dorene DiNaro

Anahi Muñoz, Audriana Gabaldon, Kimberly Sierra, Karen Mercado, Mattalynn Chavez, and Samir Gul-Mohamad, all from the UNM College Prep Programs–College Readiness Program, have been named semifinalists for the Daniels Scholarship.

The students were nominated by the College Readiness Program and are among the approximately 700 semifinalists in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming entering the final selection phase for the Daniels Scholarship.  Two hundred and fifty finalists will be awarded the scholarships in early April. 

 The College Readiness Program offers guidance to students with the goal of successfully matriculating every participant in a post-secondary education institution. Students meet regularly to cover topics such as the college application process, financial aid options and application processes, career exploration, college exploration, how to write a resume, cover letter, and personal statement.

 In establishing the Daniels Fund, cable pioneer Bill Daniels directed the program to seek out promising students who demonstrate strength of character, a well-rounded personality, potential to give back to the community, and other characteristics.

The Daniels Scholarship has grown from a small pilot program with 32 students launched in the year 2000, to awarding some 250 scholarships each year in the spring. To date, 2,262 Daniels Scholarships have been awarded, allowing students to attend colleges and universities across the United States.

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.

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.

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