DSF Alumna Stays Connected and Inspires Future DPS Graduates

Liloni S. Ramos, DSF Alumna

For many first-generation college students that Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) serves, it can be intimidating navigating the journey to and through college completion. For DSF alumna Liloni S. Ramos, she felt grateful that she had a DSF advisor who she could go to with any questions. “I knew I had access to resources and knowledge, because I was a DSF Scholar. The connection from high school to college helped me feel more confident … Read More

DSF Scholar Reflects On Her Journey and Gives Back To Others

Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) Scholar Graciela Valencia is a first-generation college student at the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder as a junior. Throughout her life, she has explored unique experiences which have led her to some amazing places in the world. Graciela studied at the Denver School of Arts from sixth to 12 grade, which led her to explore her creative passions. She traveled to Mongolia for two weeks in high school with five other … Read More

Better Business Bureau (BBB) Great West + Pacific Helps Scholars Pursue their Education and Career Goals

Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) is proud to have a longstanding four-year partnership with the BBB Great West + Pacific (BBB) who partners and supports DSF Scholars, making college possible for Denver Public Schools students. The BBB is dedicated to promoting and fostering the highest ethical relationships between businesses and the public through voluntary self-regulation, consumer and business education, and service … Read More

DSF Scholar Reflects on her Accomplishments While Preparing for Graduation

Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) Scholar Makiyah Hainesworth feels excited to be finishing up her senior year at the University of Denver (DU). “I am thankful for the various opportunities and continuous support throughout high school and college. I appreciate the wisdom I’ve gained from my extensive support system.” Starting early to pursue her dreams has been integral to Makiyah’s success at DU.  Makiyah connected with DSF her junior year at Abraham Lincoln High School. She knew she wanted … Read More

Denver Scholarship Foundation Scholar Celebrates Graduation and Internship

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 … Read More

DSF and COSI Partner to Support Students with Scholarship, Wraparound Services

Jackie Marquez remembers looking over her notes as she walked into the Denver Capitol building on a chilly January day. Though she was no stranger to public speaking, this day was special. On this day, she would speak in front of the state legislature on behalf of her fellow DREAMers, or young people impacted by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (CADA) program and the DREAM Act. In speaking to the legislature about her success in … Read More

DSF Scholar Organizes Food Delivery

DSF Scholar Kai Suematsu is connecting local businesses with community members in need of food resources during the coronavirus crisis. As the co-founder of the Kobu Foundation, Kai mobilizes a volunteer team to deliver boxes of food to families who sign up on the Kobu Foundation’s website. Adapting in a time of need “At the time of the outbreak we … Read More

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

Future Barber Makes the Cut with CTE

Barbering: Many experts call it a practical, recession-proof career. Others know it as an art form or an expression of individuality. For DSF Scholar Yami Olivas, barbering is a dream turned into reality. Yami, a 2019 graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School and a current DSF Scholar at Emily Griffith Technical College, is three months shy of completing her certificate ... Read More

Career and Technical Education Helps DSF Scholars Jumpstart Their Careers

Throughout Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) is celebrating the ways in which we support our Scholars in their pursuit of a certificate or associate degree. A four-year degree, while considered the most popular college pathway, is not the only way for students to prepare for a lucrative career. Alternatively, through shorter programs that focus on hands-on skills, CTE helps DSF Scholars jumpstart their entrance into the workforce ... Read More