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D6 student wins prestigious Daniels Fund scholarship

Israel Vargas, as senior at the Early College Academy in Greeley-Evans School District 6, has been selected to receive the prestigious Daniels Fund Scholarship.


He was working out at the gym when he got a message from the Daniels Fund.

Daniels Fund Scholarship Recipient Israel Vargas 2024


“Once I got home the first thing I did was run to my room and frantically opened it on my laptop and that’s when I saw the big ‘Congratulations,’” Israel said. “A huge rush of relief and worry was lifted since the wait was finally over.  I knew I didn’t have to worry financially about college.  I felt proud of myself, and knew my dedication to my education is what got me where I am today and has opened so many opportunities for future Israel.”


Daniels Scholars receive up to $100,000 over four years towards their undergraduate degree, depending on financial need. Daniels Scholars may use their scholarship at any accredited nonprofit college or university anywhere in the United States. Students are selected for their strength of character, leadership potential, commitment to serving the community, and academic potential.


More than 2,000 students applied for Daniels Scholarships this year. The foundation awarded 209 scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming this year.  


“This is a very competitive scholarship with a rigorous application process. I am really proud of Israel and all he has accomplished to receive this scholarship,” said Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Pilch. “This generous scholarship takes away the financial stress of obtaining a college degree. Thank you to the counselors, teachers, administrators and families who support students in reaching their goals.”


Israel plans to attend either Regis University or Colorado State University and study exercise science with a pre-med concentration. He hopes someday to be a medical doctor.


Last year, four District 6 students received Daniels scholarships. Over the past 18 years, 116 District 6 scholars have received this competitive award.