Surprise Scholarships

Shaynie Bauer of Thermopolis, center, reacts March 21 after she and 13 other high school seniors from around the state were told they had been awarded scholarships from the Daniels Fund. The surprise scholarships will pay the balance not covered by other aid or any family contributions for the students to attend the college of their choice.

The Daniels Fund has announced the names of 33 Wyoming high school seniors among 240 from the region who received Daniels Fund scholarships.

The 33 represent 21 Wyoming high schools that range in size from Natrona County High School in Casper to Southeast High in Yoder.

Recipients may attend any accredited nonprofit college or university in the United States. The program covers the expenses that remain after other scholarships and financial aid have been applied.

The awards are based on exceptional character, leadership and commitment to the community, according to a news release issued Tuesday.

“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.”

Childears was in Casper last week to preside over a surprise announcement to scholarship finalists in attendance. While thinking they were invited because they were finalists, all of those in attendance were told they were scholarship recipients at a ceremony held at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming. A similar ceremony was held in Cheyenne.

Nearly 2,000 students applied for the Daniels Scholarship Program this year. In addition to the 33 from Wyoming, 156 are from Colorado, 30 are from New Mexico and 21 are from Utah.

Motivated high school seniors graduating in 2018 are encouraged to visit DanielsFund.org this fall to apply 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.

2017 Wyoming Daniels Scholars

Campbell County High School, Gillette: Ryley Drew Constable

Douglas High School: Shaylene Chantel Connolly, Dairon Andrew Mooran

Dubois High School: Case Gardiner Neale, Jaycie Kay Wells

East High School, Cheyenne: Tyler Christopher Clark, Charlotte Jaymie Hecht

Encampment High School: Justin Cole Bonner, Bailey Rae Miller

Glenrock High School: Raina Marie Cedarburg

Green River High School: Anna Marinda Harris

Hot Springs County High School, Thermopolis: Shayna Dru Bauer

Jackson Hole Community School: Azusena Garcia

Lovell High School: Kade Arthur Gifford

Lyman High School: Samantha Ann Davis

Natrona County High School, Casper: Trey Stuart Campbell, Michael Howard Nading Jr., Sarah Christina Rohde

Pinedale High School: Lynora Kalani Anderson

Powell High School: Mallory Austin Triplett

Saratoga High School: Alicia Renee Zaragoza

Sheridan High School: Zachary Boyd Gale, Behley Marie Malkuch, Anna Noel Miech

Southeast High School, Yoder: Mary Anne Ridenour, Colter Shea Wyse, Emily Lois Zavorka

Star Valley High School, Afton: Dylan Elias Greenwald, Niles Gordon Southam, Austin Avery Young

Torrington High School: Daniel Joseph Hall

Wheatland High School: Jacob Joshua Ward

Worland High School: Emiliano Vega

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