Denver Scholarship Foundation Annual Gala Raises Over $1.2 Million

Thanks to our community’s immense and overwhelming generosity, Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) is still reliving the magic of the 2021 Annual Gala, where we experienced celebration, community, and connection.  

DSF Scholars Jamal Giornazi, Samariddin Meliboev, and Kai Suematsu shared their stories of lifelong friendship, community building, and success on their journeys to and through college. Thanks to their bonds with each other, fellow students, and a close circle of supporters, including DSF College Advisors and DSF College Partners, Jamal, Samariddin, and Kai are not only achieving their goals in the classroom – but most importantly – in life. Click HERE to watch their mini documentary.  

Keynote speaker Christopher Gray, founder and CEO of Scholly, impacted us with his remarks on the importance of college access and scholarships. We were also thrilled to learn more about his entrepreneurial spirit and time on Shark Tank. Thank you, Christopher Gray, for sharing your inspiring message with us! 

The 2021 College Partner of the Year was announced at this year’s annual gala – The University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder. CU Boulder is committed to creating an especially welcoming and supportive college community, in which DSF Scholars can thrive and achieve their educational goals. The DSF Scholar persistence rate at CU Boulder is 96%, with the majority of students on track to graduate. The amazing team at CU Boulder goes above and beyond to ensure DSF Scholars receive the support they need for successful transition to college, and long-term academic success. 

The final numbers are in! With heartfelt gratitude to our supporters, community, and each and every one of you who joined us for our first in-person gala in over 18 months, we are excited to share that over $1.2 million was raised in support of DSF’s programming. And, thanks to our generous Presenting Sponsor, Stead Family Foundation, these gifts are even more impactful, as every dollar contributed will go directly to scholarships and wraparound supports, helping to make college possible for hundreds of Denver students. 

We are thankful to have you as DSF’s partner in inspiring and empowering students of Denver Public Schools to enroll in and graduate from college with a certificate, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree. Your support is helping our students keep their forward momentum to the commencement stage. 

On behalf of the DSF staff, and the entire 2020 Gala Committee, thank you to our sponsors, donors, and community!