Daniels Fund awards $40,000 to ASC for non-traditional students

(03-17-2011)

Adams State College was awarded $40,000 from the Daniels Fund to aid non-traditional students, according to Morgan Ramsey Daniel, assistant director of financial aid.

The Daniels Opportunity Scholarship program provides need-based scholarships for non-traditional students: adults pursuing education later in life, GED recipients, and returning military personnel.

"Adams State College and the Daniels Opportunity Scholarship program share the common vision and mission of providing educational opportunities for students of all backgrounds," Daniel said. The grant will fund $4,000 a year for two years to five students, who must be Colorado residents to qualify.

This new grant follows two previous Daniels Opportunity Scholarship awards to Adams State totaling $275,000 since 2003. The scholarships will largely defray Adams State tuition and mandatory fees for full-time in-state students, now at $4,971 a year.

Currently, 28 percent of Adams State undergraduates are over the age of 24, a group that grows each year. Non-traditional students face particular challenges, as they have often given up full-time employment to pursue a degree and thereby improve their career opportunities.

To qualify for the Daniels Opportunity Scholarship at Adams State, students must meet the following criteria: Colorado residency, bachelor's degree seeking with full-time enrollment, demonstrated financial need, academic promise, maturity, leadership, and involvement in community.

Applications will be available at the ASC One Stop Student Services Center in early April. For additional information, contact them at 719-587-7306, or toll-free: 866-344-1687.

The Daniels Fund was established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels. Known for his kindness and generosity to those in need, he established the Daniels Fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. For more information, click here.