As a first generation college student, Denver7 anchorwoman Anne Trujillo says the mission of Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) to help make college possible for Denver Public Schools’ students resonates with her personally.
“My parents always said, ‘you have got to go to college!’ We can all understand how intimidating that process is, but every student deserves the opportunity to imagine the possibilities for their future,” Anne reflects.
Anne, a 34-year veteran of Denver7, has a very special connection with DSF. Ten years ago, when DSF decided to host its first annual gala, community leaders brought together a partnership amongst Denver7 and DSF that has never skipped a beat. Anne agreed to serve as the mistress of ceremonies for the annual gala—DSF’s largest fundraising event—raising an average of $1 million each year in support of college scholarships. Fast forward to a collective impact of nearly $11 million, Anne has stood at the helm of the stage, captivating thousands of event attendees.
From serving as mistress of ceremonies at the gala, to covering the successes of DSF Scholars on the evening news, Anne’s personal passion for college access work has led her to leverage her voice at Denver7 to shed light on the impact DSF has in Denver.
“Denver7 is a perfect vehicle to let the community know about all of the good things happening,” Anne shares. “On the news, we strive to find a balance by telling the positive stories. There are smart young people out there who are doing amazing things, and many of them are DSF Scholars.”
Founded in 1953 and acquired by Scripps in 2011, Denver7 helps natives and newcomers navigate the challenges and celebrate life in Colorado so they can make the best decisions for themselves and their families. Anne attests that over the years, the community has become more familiar with DSF as the news of the programs spread.
“DSF has perfected a system that should be in every part of the world. Denver is so fortunate to have them as a resource. Providing help to high school students as they think about the future—every student deserves that gift,” Anne says. Whether she is visiting a DSF Future Center with Mayor Michael B. Hancock or sharing the DSF story on the evening news, Anne’s commitment to helping to make college possible shows through her partnership with DSF.
Thank you, Anne and Denver7 for your years of collaboration and dedication.