College Signing Day

This summer, Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) will welcome our largest class of incoming DSF Scholars since our founding in 2006. From applying for scholarships to scheduling college classes, they have made great strides to get here, and we cannot wait to see how far they go!  In the coming academic year, DSF will award nearly $1,200,000 more in scholarships than we did in the 2017-18 year.

This increase in scholarships award amounts directly correlate to the number of Denver high school graduates enrolling in college. Recently, Anne Rowe, DPS Board of Education School Board President, credited the overall increase in college enrollment to the work of DSF. Read more via Chalkbeat.

DSF has 12 Future Centers located across the Denver-metro area serving 25 DPS high schools. DSF College Advisors work proactively with nearly 3,000 seniors and their families every year. College Advisors provide a detailed roadmap to college for students by supporting them with every step of the process. This includes applying to four-year, two-year, and certificate programs, securing scholarships and financial aid, and connecting students with on-campus resources.

In the upcoming 2018-19 school year, DSF will expand its college access programming to increase the depth of services offered in the local area Future Centers.

The college enrollment process is daunting, especially to a first generation college bound student. In the 2016-17 school year, 70% of DSF Scholars were first-generation college students. DSF College Advisors helped these students find the right– financial, academic and personal ‘college fit’.

May is an exciting time as DSF in partnership with DPS host College Signing Days across the city – a day when college becomes possible for thousands of students after tireless hours of coaching, guidance and collaboration.

Recently, NPR shined a light on this critical step in the roadmap to college. Sharing that these college decision days often bring relief, excitement and big worries about money.  Our goal at DSF is to partner with DPS students on their journeys from the beginning stages of college exploration to the completion of a college degree. With the community by our side, we are able to support students in getting to and through college, building the future of our city.

Words of Inspiration from Future Center Seniors

Fabian Martinez
Grade: Senior
School: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Early College
Career Aspirations: Veterinarian

I have gone through some very hard obstacles in life. I had a back surgery that physically held me back from many things that I loved. However, I did not let it hold me back from life. I put my focus on my future because that is what matters most. This fall I will be a first generation college student. I plan to attend Community College of Denver for the next two years to complete my associate’s degree. After that, I plan to transfer to Colorado State University in Fort Collins to obtain my degree in Biomedical Science. I dream of being a veterinarian. My family is at my core. I plan to complete college so that I can be a role model for my nieces and nephews who will soon be starting their own journeys. I want to show them that anything is possible, and that I can be a resource whenever they need it.

Mariel Reyes Galvez
Grade: Senior
School: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Early College
Career Aspirations: Math Teacher

I am a first generation high school student at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Early College. Both my father and mother are from Mexico. I am passionate about giving back to my own community. I plan to become middle school teacher in the Montbello area after college. In the fall, I plan to attend Metropolitan State University or University of Colorado at Denver to complete my degree in Postsecondary Mathematics and Political Science. While in college, I would like to come back to MLK as a paraprofessional. I realize that it is important to empower those around you because you never know the places they will go or the places they could take you.

Katya Torres-Arellano
Grade: Senior
School: Noel Community Arts School

I am a first generation student and I am completely proud of it. I come from a family that came here with a dream and no support. I have managed to gain the support they lacked to succeed and show everyone that minorities have passion, dedication, and a mindset to succeed. I am still exploring what my career path will be, but no matter the field, I plan to use my creativity to help me be successful. Next fall I will be a freshman at Metropolitan State University.