Two Pojoaque Valley High School Students Receive Daniels Scholarships

Estrella “Star” Torres, Arlin Diaz by Jennifer Baca
Pojoaque Valley High School Seniors Estrella “Star” Torres and Arlin Diaz were among 24 New Mexico Students who received 2019 Daniels Scholarships. Photo Courtesy: Jennifer Baca

Two Pojoaque Valley High School Students Receive Daniels Scholarships

Two Northern New Mexico seniors were awarded Daniels Scholarships in a ceremony at Albuquerque City Hall on Friday. Arlin Diaz and Estrella “Star” Torres from Pojoaque Valley High School were among 24 students from New Mexico who received the awards, presented by Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and Daniels Fund officials.

More than 2000 applicants from New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming competed this year. The Daniels Scholarship Program provides a four-year annually-renewable college scholarship for graduating high school seniors who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership and a commitment to serving their communities. Daniels Scholars must also demonstrate academic performance or promise and a well-rounded personality.

The Daniels Scholarship is a comprehensive college scholarship that pays toward the costs of:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Room and board
  • Books and supplies
  • Miscellaneous educational expenses

It is a “last dollar” scholarship, so it is secondary to all other grants and scholarships. After considering the student’s other scholarships, financial aid (federal, state, and institutional), and any work-study accepted, as well as the determined Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the Daniels Fund pays toward the scholar’s remaining education costs. Scholarship amounts are unique to each Daniels Scholar, and can vary from year to year.

The scholarship was founded by TV pioneer and entrepreneur Bill Daniels. As of March 2018, the Daniels Scholarship Program has provided more than $170 million in undergraduate scholarships to over 3,950 students.