Surprise ceremony for Daniels Fund recipients

CHEYENNE, Wy.(KGWN)- Officials with the Daniels Fund and Governor Matt Mead held a special surprise ceremony in Cheyenne on Tuesday afternoon.

10 Laramie County high school seniors thought they were going to the Governor's Mansion as another part of the application process and to mingle with other applicants. To their surprise, the CEO of the Daniels Fund announced that they were apart of the group receiving scholarships this year.

Parents and students were caught by surprise and were very overjoyed. One student we talked to said he couldn't put in to words how excited he was to finally find out he was a recipient.

Out of the thousands who applied, 33 finalists in Wyoming will be awarded a Daniels Scholarship in 2017, joining those Daniels Scholars currently in college.

To receive a scholarship these students have demonstrated exceptional character, leadership, and a commitment to serving their communities. It is also quite a process before becoming a finalist and then a recipient.

Average scholarship amount is more than $17,000 per year. It can be used toward the costs of tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and miscellaneous educational expenses. Students can choose to attend any U.S. nonprofit, accredited college or university.

According to the organization, more than 3,500 scholarships have been awarded since 2000, for a total of more than $154 million.

The Daniels Fund also provides scholarships for students in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.