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SHERIDAN — Two local seniors have been accepted into the Daniels Fund Scholarship program after an extensive series of highly competitive applications and interviews.
Dylan Lindly and Cody Welborn from Sheridan High School will receive a plethora of advantages including funding for all expenses to attain a four-year undergraduate degree at any nonprofit, accredited college or university in the United States that remain unmet after all other financial aid resources and an expected family contribution have been applied.
The program encompasses more than just financial aid by offering a support network including a college prep orientation program, exclusive Daniels Scholars on-site campus events, activities and support, a free laptop, support associates, designated on-campus contacts, job and internship connections and more.
Each year approximately 250 students are chosen from the thousands who apply based on character, leadership and community service.
This year’s class of scholars includes 23 people from Wyoming with Lindly and Welborn being the only two from Sheridan County.
Welborn has participated in football, wrestling, soccer, the school musical and served as a Link Leader, a freshmen mentoring program.
He believes the qualities that helped him achieve this award are his leadership skills and work ethic.
He plans to attend the University of Wyoming and study medicine and is grateful for the resources he is set to receive.
“They really prepare you well,” he said. “They don’t want you to fail so they give you the resources and tools you need to succeed.”
Welborn learned of the opportunity from Ed Fessler, SHS dean of students, and said Fessler was a tremendous help in achieving this.
Lindly had learned of the Daniels Fund through SHS seniors awarded the program last year and knew he wanted to apply.
He will be attending Michigan State University to study either elementary or secondary education and says he is especially grateful for the support now that he is going farther away from home than he originally expected to.
“I won’t have a set base of support in Michigan,” he said. “but now if I do feel like I need help, I know it’s there.”
Lindly has participated in golf, speech, debate, drama, track and field and yearbook and spends two to three periods a day helping disabled students at the school.
He believes his willingness to give back to the community helped him be selected.
“Giving back to the community you live in was a big deal to Bill Daniels,” he said, and Welborn’s commitment to this is shown by his years coaching the Special Olympics and volunteering at the Dog and Cat Shelter, among other things. Bill Daniels was a pioneer in cable who established the Daniels Fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
His estate transferred to the Daniels Fund when he died in 2000, making it one of the largest foundations in the Rocky Mountain Region.
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