Daniel Pae

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
Oklahoma Mentor Day


OU student leader Daniel Pae (second from left), a volunteer with the Henderson Scholars Program at OU, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence President Craig Story (right) and foundation trustee and mentoring advocate Molly Boren (second from right). Joining in the presentation is Mentor Day keynote speaker and author Alton Carter (left). Oklahoma Mentor Day, sponsored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and its David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative, honors outstanding Oklahoma youth mentors and promotes the value of mentoring. (Photo by Travis Caperton)

Daniel Pae

Henderson Scholars Program
University of Oklahoma

Daniel Pae has been nominated as outstanding mentor of the year by the Henderson Scholars Program, an organization of the University of Oklahoma’s Student Affairs Office that focuses on academic excellence and community service.

Pae was elected as president of the Student Government Association in 2015. In his effort to improve student body resources, he sought out connections with fellow students and met Yaseen Shurbaji, a then, in-coming freshman.

“As a freshman, I took a leap of faith to discuss my ‘swipe n share’ idea with Daniel,” said Yaseen. “He was the first person I spoke with. He began to listen and give me guidance on who to contact. Also, Daniel carved out time to answer my text messages and he would walk from the north oval to the south part of campus to have lunch with me.”

As a result, Daniel and Yaseen have developed a close friendship.

“This is truly a testimony to Daniel’s character,” said Angie Wright, director of the Henderson Scholars Program. “He is a very selfless individual making time to connect and listen to people.”

Wright added that Daniel’s efforts to unite with his fellow students have “encouraged Daniel to dream big, work hard, and to listen for how he can positively impact the world.”