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Daniels Fund

UNM is proud to work with the Daniels Fund and its Scholars. The Daniels Fund offers financial and personal support throughout the attendance at UNM. More than $108.5 million in undergraduate scholarships are dispersed to more than 3,000 students. Leslie Armell is the CEP Daniels Fund Coordinator.

What do Daniels Fund Scholars represent?

  • Strength of Character
  • Leadership potential
  • Academic performance or promise
  • Willingness to give back to the community
  • Well-Rounded personality


  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Be a resident of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming
  • Be a high school senior graduating from a school in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming
  • Willingness to give back to the community
  • Earn ACT scores of at least 17 in each category (math, English, reading, science); or an SAT math score of at least 400 and critical reading score of at least 440. All test scores must come from a single test, and must be submitted by the application deadline. Super scoring is not accepted.
  • Demonstrate financial need


  • Maintain minimum academic requirements (2.0 GPA) while in college and be on track to graduate with a bachelor’s degree within four academic years
  • Live on-campus during freshman year
  • While in college, work in a paid position during the academic year (5 hours per week the first year in college and 10 hours per week every year after)
  • While in college, participate in the Daniels Scholarship Enrichment Program, a series of online workshops led by local and national experts on topics including ethics, character, patriotism, civics, free enterprise, entrepreneurship, leadership, critical thinking, and etiquette
  • Honor and live by the Daniels Scholar Code of Conduct
  • Provide regular updates to Daniels Fund associates
  • Meet deadlines to complete scholarship requirements and renewal documents
  • Attend our scholarship orientation conference prior to freshman year