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Five Pagosa students named semifinalists for Daniels Scholarship

Congratulations to seven regional high school students participating in the Talent Search program at Fort Lewis College, including five from Pagosa Springs, who were named semifinalists for the competitive Daniels Scholarship.

Eli Velasquez, Zoe Fulco, Samantha Hunts, Re’ahana Ray and Ryley Gardner from Pagosa Springs High School, Seth Pooler from Durango High School and Kenneth Philpott from Mancos High School were nominated for the scholarship by Talent Search, a federal college preparation program designed to help first-generation and/or income-eligible students in seventh-12th grade enter college or vocational school after high school graduation.

These students are among the approximately 700 semifinalists in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming entering the final selection phase for the Daniels Scholarship. In early April, 250 Daniels Scholarships will be awarded.

In establishing the Daniels Scholarship, 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 Scholarship is able to provide even more scholarships to deserving young people seeking to attend college.

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