DSF Scholar Reflects on her Accomplishments While Preparing for Graduation

Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) Scholar Makiyah Hainesworth feels excited to be finishing up her senior year at the University of Denver (DU). “I am thankful for the various opportunities and continuous support throughout high school and college. I appreciate the wisdom I’ve gained from my extensive support system.” Starting early to pursue her dreams has been integral to Makiyah’s success at DU.  Makiyah connected with DSF her junior year at Abraham Lincoln High School. She knew she wanted … Read More

North High School Senior Reflects on His Journey

Over the summer, North High School student Rico Givens-Padilla took an introduction to criminal law class through Harvard University. For the first time in his academic career, he had a black instructor. This left a lasting impact on Rico. “I was surrounded by hardworking and brilliant students, empowered by the school’s resources, and challenged by an instructor who looked like … Read More

Denver Scholarship Foundation Associate Board Spreads Awareness to the Community

DSF Associate Board meets virtually

Sustainability, connectivity, and visibility. These are the main pillars of Denver Scholarship Foundation’s (DSF) new Associate Board, formed in August 2020. The mission of the Associate Board is to raise awareness and funds to support the efforts of DSF. For Mike Kelly, the Chair of the Associate Board, it is also a way to be a catalyst for systemic change. … Read More

Denver Scholarship Foundation Scholar Celebrates Graduation and Internship

Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) first impacted Kayley Ledesma’s life during her first year of college at Community College of Denver (CCD). As a first-generation student, she, like many, struggled to find the right academic, social, and financial fit for college.  That was until she made her first appointment with her DSF campus contact, Todd Ramirez. “I was nervous to seek … Read More

Denver Scholarship Foundation Virtual Gala Raises over $1M!

  Thanks to your immense and overwhelming generosity, we are still reliving the magic of the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) Virtual Gala 2020: Celebrating with Spirit. We invited you to invest in the future of our DSF Scholars during an unprecedented time, and your response was extraordinary! The final numbers are in! With heartfelt gratitude to our community and each of you who joined us during Spirit Week, we are excited to share that we … Read More

DaVita Builds on Outstanding Partnership with Denver Scholarship Foundation

Denver Scholarship Foundation

During Denver Scholarship Foundation Virtual Gala 2020: Celebrating with Spirit, we are taking a moment to celebrate a few of our partnerships that make our work possible.   Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) is proud to have a longstanding 7-year partnership with DaVita, a health care provider focused on transforming care delivery to improve quality of life for patients globally. Part of … Read More

Denver Scholarship Foundation Grows with Partner Alpine Bank 

Denver Scholarship Foundation

During Denver Scholarship Foundation Virtual Gala 2020: Celebrating with Spirit, we are taking a moment to celebrate a few of our partnerships that make our work possible.   For the past three years, Alpine Bank has been a proud supporter of Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and its mission to support Denver Public Schools students on their journeys to and through college graduation. The … Read More

TRIO & Me, Obinna Onyeali, DSF College Advisor at Montbello 

I am grateful for what TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) did for me in my undergraduate years at the University of Colorado Boulder (GO BUFFS!). My TRIO SSS program called Summer Ready helped to cultivate the light in me that I never believed could really shine. I was always a dedicated young man, but I needed guidance to ensure that … Read More

Three Cheers for DSF Scholar Gigi Granados 

Angelica “Gigi” Granados is passionate about encouraging others so they can achieve their goals. For her, it just comes naturally. A 2017 graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School, she is now a DSF Scholar and a senior cheerleader at the University of Denver (DU).  Beyond the court, she also serves as a different kind of cheerleader on campus. Gigi, a first-generation college student, is a resident assistant (RA) for a first-generation living-learning community that supports students on their college journeys.  Though … Read More

DSF Staff Highlight: Stephanie López, MSW

Stephanie López, MSW, is no stranger to working for what she believes in. A Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) Alumna, Stephanie grew up attending various Denver Public Schools. From a young age her parents instilled in her the value of hard work. Now, all that work has led her to become the newest college success program manager at DSF. Although the … Read More