Michelle Saenz-Adames of the Student Success Center and Marlene Melendez of University Financial Aid traveled to Denver last week to attend the Daniels Fund Scholar Success Forum. Both Marlene and Michelle had the opportunity to answer questions from the newly selected Daniels Scholars, who will start at New Mexico State University in fall 2013. This event includes a banquet that provides the history of the Daniels Fund Scholarship program. It also honors the Daniels Scholars with a pinning ceremony. The event also serves as a transition and an orientation for the new scholars.
The Daniels Fund, established by Bill Daniels in 1997, provides students from Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming with a scholarship to cover any unmet financial needs after other sources of financial aid have been applied. After undergoing an intense application process, 250 new Daniels Scholars were selected for this year and will be provided with financial aid during their time at a 4-year university. A Daniels Scholar also has the opportunity to participate in the Daniels Scholar Enrichment Program while in college. This program provides workshops for the Daniels Scholars covering topics such as ethics, character, leadership, critical thinking, and many more.
Six Daniels Scholars will be in the fall NMSU class. More information on the Daniel’s Fund is at http://www.danielsfund.org/Scholarships/Index.asp