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Wyoming High School Students Receive Daniels Fund Scholarships

April 11, 2017

Wyoming high school students participating in two University of Wyoming college preparatory programs are the recipients of Daniels Fund Scholarships, a competitive 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 “demonstrate strength of character, a well-rounded personality and a record of accomplishment in giving back to the community.”

Among the Wyoming high school seniors who received awards from the Daniels Fund Scholarship Program, nine are participants in UW’s Student Educational Opportunity programs that include GEAR UP Wyoming and Upward Bound/Upward Bound Math Science.

The programs are federally funded through the U.S. 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: Lynora Kalani Anderson, Pinedale High School; Raina Marie Cederburg, Glenrock High School; Shaylene Chantel Connolly, Douglas High School; Samantha Ann Davis, Lyman High School; Charlotte Jaymie Hecht, Cheyenne East High School; Emiliano Vega, Worland High School; Colter Shea Wyse, Southeast High School; and Austin Avery Young, Star Valley High School.

Michael Howard Nading Jr., from Natrona County High School, who also was awarded a scholarship, is a participant in Upward Bound/Upward Bound Math Science.

GEAR UP Wyoming and the Upward Bound projects are educational assistance programs that prepare first-generation and income-eligible Wyoming students for success in higher education. The GEAR UP Wyoming program is funded 50 percent through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education totaling $3.55 million annually with an additional $3.55 million provided by in-kind and scholarship contributions from Wyoming’s community colleges, UW and the Wyoming Department of Education.

The Upward Bound Projects are 100 percent federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education at $770,000 annually.

For more information about student eligibility or program availability, call the Student Educational Opportunity office at (307) 766-6189 or email

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