Daniel Horgan of CoLabL Sponsors College Scholarships Through Ascend


CoLabL Founder and CEO Daniel Horgan is sponsoring one month’s worth of college scholarships to engage teens in community outreach challenges that they can complete at home through Challenge Accepted!, a free program for teenagers by Ascend, maker of gamified goal-setting software. Ascend began offering a free version of its platform, usually offered to students through schools and mentoring organizations, in response to school and program closures due to the Covid- 19 outbreak.

Teens ages 14 and older can participate in Challenge Accepted! by visiting www.ascendgoals.com/challenge-accpeted and registering for a free account. The program allows students to earn points for completing short challenges at home, such as touring a museum online, sending messages of encouragement to other teens, writing a letter to the elderly, or creating colorful window decorations for their neighbors to see. The more points teens earn, they increase their chances of winning $500 college scholarships awarded each week.

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Daniel for sponsoring one month of scholarships,” said Christine Nicodemus, Co-founder of Ascend. “Our team is a big fan of the work that Daniel has done in the youth, talent and community development spaces, so it’s really exciting to be able to partner with him in this way.”

Horgan has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, corporate social responsibility and consulting. He has worked with some of the world’s largest and most respected brands including Starbucks, LinkedIn, Taco Bell, Nike, and JPMorgan Chase to align community and business goals through unique partnerships and programming. 

“I love how Ascend has pivoted its platform in response to school closures and is mobilizing teens to engage in Challenge Accepted!” said Horgan. “So many students are in search of ways to support others, and I believe strongly that through service, we all can heal, grow and inspire others during these uncertain times. I’m grateful for Ascend’s commitment to students, and I would love for others to join me in supporting Challenge Accepted!”

Learn more about how you can get involved here.


About Ascend 

Ascend is a student empowerment platform that enables schools and mentoring organizations to cultivate, track, and measure student goals and achievement. Ascend is proud to be a minority and woman-owned business and supports organizations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Texas, and beyond.