Cooking Up a Career in the Food Industry

DSF Scholar Alma Torales-Gomez has all the ingredients needed for a successful career in the food industry. From the DSF Future Center at DCIS Montbello to the classrooms at Johnson & Wales University, Alma is well on her way to achieving her dream of opening a bakery. “I’ve always liked to cook,” shares Alma. “My goal is to open a … Read More

For DSF Alumna, Mentorship Matters

Impostor syndrome can make or break a first-generation college student’s experience. Like many students who are the first in their family to attend college, Diana Casillas tackled self-doubt in her freshman year at Colorado State University (CSU). In the transition to a new environment, Diana discovered that connections and community can make the difference between surviving—or thriving—in college.  “Being away from family was new,” remembers Diana. “My first year … Read More

From Program Requirements to Personal Connections 

Thuyvi Vo is well on her way to completing her master’s degree in public health and social work. To fulfill her internship requirement, Thuyvi supports students in the DSF Future Center at Abraham Lincoln High School as a volunteer. For Thuyvi, volunteering in the DSF Future Center is more than just a program requirement—it’s personal.  Following in her footsteps Born and raised in Denver, Thuyvi attended John F. Kennedy High … Read More

Shining the Spotlight on DSF Volunteers

Mandy Jameson Donor-Scholar Relations Volunteer  Creating Connections to Make College Possible Mandy Jameson brings 17 years of higher education experience to DSF as a donor-Scholar relations volunteer. Before stepping into her role as registrar at Colorado Early Colleges in Castle Rock, Mandy took advantage of a professional transition to explore opportunities to put her expertise to work in the community. ... Read More

DSF Scholar Embraces Changes and Challenges on Journey to College Graduation

As a senior at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver), DSF Scholar Israa Hussein is expecting to graduate this fall. While the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and her priorities shift from day-to-day, she’s keeping her eyes on the prize: College graduation.   Facing uncertainty with determination This isn't the first time Israa has demonstrated bravery in the face of uncertainty. When the Hussein family left Iraq and arrived in the United States in 2009, Israa had not received any prior education. Immersed ... Read More