Sky’s the limit for business-minded Air Force officer

Joey and Governor Hickenlooper

Original story published by University of Colorado Boulder. Click here to view.  Ambitious goals can become a reality when backed by a supportive community and an encouraging environment. For Joey Arora, a CU Boulder student who studied business, his twofold goal of starting his own company and joining the U.S. Air Force was made possible by his internal drive and … Read More

Education Makes Refugee’s Dreams Possible

Nabaa Hashim (pictured with her family third from the left) was born in Iraq in 1997. Five years later she and her family sought refuge in the United States because her home was a war ground plagued by Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship. Nabaa is now a Denver Scholarship Foundation Scholar. Education, she said, is the key to her success and her … Read More

New graduate sets sights on the apparel business

Angelica Cruz was a strong student from the first day she walked into a Denver preschool classroom. She spoke no English, but that didn’t slow her down. By kindergarten she had soaked up the English language and transitioned to an all-English classroom. She was well on her way to a strong academic career. “I always did really well in school,” ... Read More

Geese inspire an engineer

Nathaniel Marshall didn't always know what he wanted to do. But, a flock of Canadian Geese inspired him to look into engineering. With help from the Denver Scholarship Foundation, Nathaniel pursued his dream at the Colorado School of Mines. Learn more about Nathaniel's story by watching the video below.

From popsicle stick bridges to a civil engineering career

Edgar Robles was born to be an engineer. He spent his childhood reassembling broken items, building bridges with popsicle sticks and questioning the mechanics of cars and trains. Edgar grew up in Denver. No one in his family before him had attended college. He entered John F. Kennedy High School knowing he wanted to become an engineer one day. He ... Read More

“I knew that DSF would be there.”

During her senior in high school, Noemy Rodriguez visited her Denver Scholarship Foundation College Advisor Leticia Trevino on a regular basis. It was there that Leticia helped guide Noemy through the college application and financial aid process. "Ms. Trevino also helped me fill out the DSF Scholarship Application, which I was thrilled to learn I will receive next year when ... Read More

DSF Scholar Derek Dash: Governor Hickenlooper’s shadow

When you meet Derek Dash, it’s impossible not to think “this guy is going places.” And you’d be right. In fact he’s already been places — lots of them. He has served as a White House intern and member of the President’s advance team, work that took him all across the U.S. and overseas as well. He’s met President Obama ... Read More

Siblings hope to follow Scholar’s Path to College

Desarae White's path through college, like many Denver Scholarship Foundation Scholars, was not always certain. After graduating from Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College in 2010, Desarae enrolled at the University of Colorado Boulder. She stayed for one year. "I took a different path to earning a four-year degree," Desarae said. With assistance from the Denver Scholarship Foundation, Desarae began ... Read More

Scholars pave path to success

ChukwuFumnanya Egbune - most people call her Fumnanya - moved to the United States with her family when she was nine-years old. Born in Legos, Nigera, Fumnanya didn’t have a clear path through school, let alone college. Like Fumnanya, Remberto Rivera’s path to college wasn’t clear. Now, he works as a sales tax technician, or an accountant, for Wagner Equipment ... Read More

Scholar overcame father’s death to succeed in college

Richard Maez was born and raised in Denver and attended Denver Public Schools from kindergarten through his graduation from John F. Kennedy High School. He always wanted to go to college but faced wave after wave of adversity. Through the insecurities and intimidations of applying for college as a first generation college student, through academic and social challenges at the … Read More