The Daniels Fund has announced the names of 240 high school seniors from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming whose exceptional character, leadership and commitment to the community have earned them a place in the Daniels Scholarship Program.
Three recipients are Delta County students -- Tré LaBossiere, Cedaredge High School; Emily Baier, Delta High School; and Timothy Helmer, Paonia High School.
LaBossiere plans to study civil engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. He envisions a career as a civil engineer for a city near Cedaredge, so he can be close to family.
LaBossiere has attended Cedaredge schools since kindergarten. He is in the top four of his graduating class and vice president of National Honor Society. He has competed in football, wrestling and baseball, and gives much credit to his coaches for serving as positive role models. He specifically mentions Brandon Milholland, Cutter Garrison, CJ Cannell and Terry Montoya.
Tré is the son of John Paul and Tanya LaBossiere. "I would also like to give a huge thanks to my mom for supporting me through everything and just being awesome!" he said.
Emily Baier is the daughter of Teresa and Ernie Baier. She plans to study nursing, with the goal of becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner. She is deciding between the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
She says the most influential person in her school career has been her counselor, Holly Teyler-Crowder.
Tim Helmer, the son of Karla and Michael Head, is considering a major in mechanical engineering with a minor in computer science at Colorado School of Mines. "I would love to help with the development of prosthetics and programming security systems for companies," he said.
When asked to share a favorite school memory of a teacher, Helmer said, "My favorite teacher from high school is probably Mrs. Allen because she would always push me in English class to perform better than I thought I could."
Nearly 2,000 students applied for the Daniels Scholarship Program this year. Of the 240 students selected as 2017 Daniels Scholars, 156 are from Colorado, 30 are from New Mexico, 21 are from Utah, and 33 are from Wyoming.
Daniels Scholars may attend any accredited nonprofit college or university in the United States, and the program covers the expenses that remain after all other scholarships and financial aid have been applied.
"We provide Daniels Scholars with resources, encouragement and support far beyond financial assistance to help them earn a four-year college degree," explained Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund. "Our goal is to help each Daniels Scholar succeed in college and ultimately become independent, successful in a rewarding career, and actively engaged in their community."
With this year's announcement, more than 3,700 students have received the Daniels Scholarship. Since 2000, more than $154 million in scholarships has been awarded through the Daniels Scholarship Program.
Motivated high school seniors graduating in 2018 are encouraged to visit DanielsFund.org this fall to apply online for the Daniels Scholarship Program.
The Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program and ethics initiative. Visit Daniels
Fund.org to learn more.