Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) first impacted Kayley Ledesma’s life during her first year of college at Community College of Denver (CCD). As a first-generation student, she, like many, struggled to find the right academic, social, and financial fit for college. That was until she made her first appointment with her DSF campus contact, Todd Ramirez. “I was nervous to seek help, but my advisor made me feel safe and heard. Todd helped me set deadlines and keep myself accountable,” says Kayley. “He helped me find the right path to college graduation.”
After graduating from the Fred N. Thomas Career Education Center Middle College of Denver, Kayley started at CCD where she gained her associates degree. DSF assisted her in transferring to University of Colorado (CU) Denver, where she recently graduated with a degree in marketing. Her CU Denver DSF campus advisor, Josué Loma helped her register for new courses and did monthly check-ins to make sure she was in good standing academically. Josué helped her complete financial aid forms and apply for additional scholarships.
Kayley continues to feel the impact of DSF after graduation. “I’m so excited to have completed my final semester of college. The best part is that I finished debt free! I couldn’t have done it without the amazing support from DSF.”
DSF Internship Opportunity
Kayley joined the DSF team during the fall of 2020 as a social media engagement intern on the Marketing, Communications, and Events team. For the past 6 months, she helped spread the word and tell the DSF story on multiple social media channels. “One of the best parts of my internship was learning how to use Canva for graphic design,” says Kayley. “The team supported my learning and encouraged me.” Kayley is excited to start applying for marketing jobs and putting all of her skills to use.
“With DSF’s support, first-generation students like me can earn their college degree, reinvent themselves, and reposition their families in more positive ways for generations to come,” shares Kayley.