Volunteer Helps Students Reach their A-Game

Sue Zoby is passionate about pushing students to perform at their best. A former track and field and cross country coach, Sue has hung up the whistle and turned her attention to helping students succeed on their journeys to college.

“When I moved to Denver nine years ago, I knew I wanted to continue working with teenagers but did not want to coach,” she said.

Sue enrolled in a two-year admissions counseling program through the University of California Los Angeles online and started working in DSF Future Centers as a way to fulfill her capstone requirement. Her work in the Future Centers has grown into so much more over the past six years.

Since 2013, Sue has volunteered in the Future Center at North High School, helping students navigate the complex path to college. She has also supported at DSF’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshops and presented to DSF staff on techniques to help students write powerful college and scholarship essays.

When it comes to crafting a college application, Sue realizes it is no easy task.

“It often requires students to share their personal experiences, hardships, and dreams,” she reflected. “I value the trust they place in our relationship and know that without their trust I would not be able to help them show colleges their unique stories.”

Sue says that while every student she works with teachers her a new lesson, she remembers one group of students from North High School who impacted her. Several years ago, after working very closely with the students, Sue was invited to their high school musical but unfortunately would be out of town for the performance. The students convinced their musical director to make an exception and let Sue attend the dress rehearsal.

“It meant so much to me that these girls went out of their way to share their gifts with me. I often feel I get more from the students than I give to them,” she said.

Sue is excited to volunteer with DSF because DSF’s mission really resonates with her.

“DSF nurtures the potential within all students,” she explains. “My goal is to help students portray their best selves to colleges as they find colleges that will bring out the best in them.”

If you are like Sue and would like to help make college possible for Denver’s students by joining our amazing volunteer team, please contact volunteers@denverscholarship.org or visit denverscholarship.org/get-involved/volunteer/ to learn more.