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Two 27J students selected as Daniels Fund Scholars

27J Schools is proud to announce that Brighton High's Ashley Settergren and Prairie View High's Tessa Davis have been selected as 2021 Daniels Scholars! Ashley and Tessa will receive a four-year college scholarship of up to $25,000 per year to earn a bachelor's degree that will help them build a successful life and career.

Ashley has served as a youth core member on the City of Brighton’s Youth Commission for two years. Being a part of the youth commission gave her a platform to share her voice and make an impact on our community. This gave her valuable leadership skills and volunteer experience, which made her an ideal candidate for the Daniels Fund. 

“I am ecstatic and honored to be a Daniels Fund Scholar. I am grateful for my community, teachers, and family that supported me throughout this process. As a first-generation student and first of seven siblings to pursue a higher education, this scholarship will put me on the pathway of achieving my dream of becoming a teacher.” 

Ashley plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in nonprofit management to then work for a nonprofit organization, such as Teach for America.

Tessa has served as a member of the City of Brighton’s Youth Commission for two years. Through the youth commission, Tessa has completed hundreds of community service hours, from helping at food banks to helping plan annual city events. Tessa is very thankful that the Manager of Youth Services for the City of Brighton, Tawnya Russell, pushed Tessa to apply to the Daniels Fund and has made an effort to help commissioners like Tessa pursue their dreams after high school. 

“When I first found out that I had been selected as a Daniels scholar, I was relieved to find out all of my work to get here had finally paid off. My family has struggled in the past with income but my mother has always found ways to make sure that I was able to do extracurriculars and to see friends. She has pushed me to do the best I possibly can. This scholarship will relieve some of the financial burdens of college as well as give me the opportunity to earn a degree that will help me find a better-paying job in the future.” 

Tessa plans on studying psychology with a minor in theatre to eventually get a certificate as a drama therapist. 

Congratulations Ashley and Tessa! We are #27JProud of your hard work and cannot wait to see what the future holds for you!