The Daniel Paul Memorial Scholarship was first awarded in 2023 at Sam Barlow High School’s Evening of Excellence.  The desire is for the generous fund to go to a student-athlete each year that has inspired and energized others, as Daniel did while at Barlow. Someone who, like Daniel, has a spirit of kindness and courage, generosity and joy and one with whom athletics and friendships anchored their time at Barlow. This scholarship is for any student-athlete, of any gender and of any sport.



Daniel Paul loved everything about being a Barlow Bruin. He loved his friends, his teachers, his coaches, his classes. He loved the moments he shared and the memories he made while in high school. He graduated from  in 2007, with a 3.4 GPA, a true student athlete who was active in the classroom, the courts, the fields, and in the hallways.  He fully embraced the student life at Barlow. Daniel competed in baseball, basketball, track and while he loved every sport, he mostly loved football. He excelled on the gridiron.

Upon graduation, Daniel accepted a fullride scholarship to Boise State University where he was the starting fullback for the team for four years, 2008-2012.  He played on the biggest of stages while at Boise, playing in multiple post-season bowl games and on a team that lost only 5 games in his five years as a player.

After graduating from Boise State, Daniel returned to Oregon with a Bachelor’s Degree and started working for his family construction business, Paul Brothers Inc, based in the Barlow community.  As the Superintendent on many projects, Daniel inspired his crews, and created a team spirit amongst project Owners, Architects and Subcontracts every day with his infectious energy, knowledge and easy style.  He loved being outside, working in the field of construction, building parks and ballfields and trails, all that now have his lasting mark.

Sadly, and tragically, Daniel passed away, without any warning signs in his sleep July of 2019, just days after turning 30.  He left behind his wife of four years, Kati, and his 15 month old son Davy, as well as a large family that loved him immensely.

In his honor, the Paul family established the Daniel Paul Charitable Fund, and the Daniel Paul Memorial Scholarship.  This scholarship will award funds to student athletes and provide donations to worthy causes and events in his memory.

Daniel Paul Memorial


The Daniel Paul Memorial Scholarship will award an annual scholarship to a Barlow High School student-athlete who will be attending college upon graduation. The Daniel Paul Memorial Scholarship is funded at $5,000  upon successfully graduating and is paid directly to the student’s college of choice. This is a one-time only scholarship. 

Applicants must meet the following requirements and provide the listed materials:

  1. Will graduate from Sam Barlow High School and will be college-bound
  2. 3.4 GPA or higher to date
  3. Have participated in sports and athletics throughout their high school career
  4. Be able to demonstrate active participation in student life and/or the community while in high school
  5. Embody many of the traits and attributes of Daniel Paul, including but not limited to leadership, athleticism, inquisitiveness, inclusivity, relentlessness, kind, generous, adventurous, compassionate…

Submit completed packets including the following:

  1. Application Download the application here (pdf)
  2. Transcript
  3. Resume
  4. Letters of recommendation Submit 3 letters of reference selecting from: a SBHS coach; a SBHS teacher or administrator; an outside Community employer/faith leader/mentor/club sport coach

Bring your completed application and all required documents/letters (see above) to the SBHS College and Career Center in hard copy form.

DEADLINE:  2/23/24



Cole Gallant

GPA: 3.97
Activities: Football; Basketball; Golf; Tennis; 4H
Future Plans: Oregon State University-Ag and Food Business Mgt

Braden Arn

GPA: 4.0
Activities: Track and Field; Band; NHS
Future Plans: Western Washington University-Economics and Accounting