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Wyoming High School Students Receive Daniels Fund Scholarships

May 10, 2011

Wyoming high school students participating in three University of Wyoming college preparatory programs are the recipients of Daniels Fund Scholarships, a prestigious award that covers full college costs not met through other types of financial aid.

The Daniels Fund awards scholarships to promising students from limited-income families who "demonstrate strength of character, a well-rounded personality and a record of accomplishment in giving back to the community."

Of the 24 Wyoming high school seniors who received awards from the Daniels Fund Scholarship Program, 12 are participants in UW student services programs that include GEAR UP Wyoming, Upward Bound, and the Math/Science Initiative Project. The programs are federally-funded through the United States Department of Education and serve families throughout Wyoming, with the goal of assisting eligible middle school and high school students to successfully prepare for and succeed in college.

Scholarships awarded to GEAR UP students are Camille del Duca, Lander Valley High School ; Bernadette Gutierrez, Evanston High School; Spencer Lane, Green River High School; Dakota McClun and Lynde Ruiz, Southeast  County High School (Yoder); Mathew McKay, Cheyenne Central High School; Patricia Miller, Casper Kelly Walsh High School; and KyLeigh Weber, Mountain View High School.

Upward Bound and Math/Science Initiative students receiving scholarships are Samuel Middelstadt, Wind River High School (Pavillion), and Kyle Wilkerson, Lovell High School.

Students participating in multiple programs and receiving scholarships are Ann Gibbons and Siddhi Patel, both Cheyenne Central High School.

GEAR UP Wyoming is an educational assistance program that prepares income-eligible Wyoming students for success in higher education. The program is funded 50 percent through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education totaling $3.5 million annually with an additional $3.5 million provided by in-kind and scholarship contributions from Wyoming's community colleges, UW and the Wyoming Department of Education.

The UW Upward Bound and Math Science Initiative Project programs also are federally-funded programs serving Wyoming high school students who are limited-income and potential first generation college students by providing academic, social, cultural and career enrichments that prepare students to succeed in higher education.

For more information about student eligibility or program availability, contact Pilar Flores, UW Student Educational Opportunity director, at (307) 766-6189 or

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