Two Daniels Scholars Commit to SUU

Published: April 16, 2007 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Southern Utah University referred one of its Upward Bound students to receive one of Daniels Fund’s 2007 scholarships. Taniah Sims, from Cedar High School was awarded a Daniels Fund Scholarship.

To identify candidates for the scholarship, the Daniels Fund partners with youth serving agencies and college prep providers that nominate students. After being nominated, candidates take part in an interview and selection process in the communities in which they live.

The Fund first requires that students first exhaust all other financial resources, including family contributions, and then covers all remaining costs associated with their education including, tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and a variety of other miscellaneous expenses. The students will also receive a laptop computer and printer.

Caliphea Blackburn, from Navajo Mountain High School, was also given a scholarship and says she plans to use the money to attend SUU.

In all 16 students from the state of Utah will receive financial assistance from the foundation. Lori Ann Blackner, Director of Scholarships and Special Projects at SUU, was pleased to be an interviewer in the selection process for the southern region.

“It is a top quality Foundation that helps people rise above their challenges and break cycles,” said Blackner. “It truly changes our society for the better throughout several of the western states.”

According to Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund, awards are given to those who have demonstrated strong character and a determination to succeed in life.

“These are promising and motivated students determined to succeed in life, but lacking the financial resources to continue their education,” said Childears. “They are outstanding young people and the Daniels Fund is proud to partner with them as they fulfill their dreams of attending college.”

Bill Daniels, a cable pioneer known for his kindness and generosity to those in need, established the Daniels Fund in 1997 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. This year marks their one thousandth scholarship donation.

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