TRIO & Me, Obinna Onyeali, DSF College Advisor at Montbello 

I am grateful for what TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) did for me in my undergraduate years at the University of Colorado Boulder (GO BUFFS!). My TRIO SSS program called Summer Ready helped to cultivate the light in me that I never believed could really shine. I was always a dedicated young man, but I needed guidance to ensure that … Read More

Navigating to College in the COVID-19 World

For high school seniors like Anavelle Hernandez, the pandemic has created new obstacles to overcome on the journey to college. The spaces where college conversations and preparation normally take place—including the DSF Future Center at Abraham Lincoln High School—closed in March for the remainder of the school year. But with the virtual support of DSF College Advisors Emma Kepes and Luis Antezana Alba, Anavelle is still on track … Read More

Concurrent Enrollment Builds College-going Culture

High school adminstrator smiles with group of graduating seniors

In the heart of Denver’s Whittier neighborhood, Manual High School stands as one of the area’s oldest schools, and one of the first to educate women and African Americans. Anchored by its rich history and values of innovation, building community, and celebrating culture, Manual’s student population included 55.9% Hispanic, 33.8% Black, 6.4% American Indian or Alaskan, Asian, or multiple races, … Read More

Letter to Class of 2020 from a fellow senior

Dear Class of 2020,  We were all shocked to hear the news on Friday, March 13, that we would not be returning to school. We had walked down those halls, gone out to lunch with our friends, and sat in our last high school class for the last time without even knowing it. We were unsure of our future, or … 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

COVID-19 Updates for our DSF Community

Dear friend of Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF), A lot has changed over the past several days, but one thing has not: our commitment to our mission to inspire and empower Denver Public Schools students to enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions of higher education, by providing the tools, knowledge, and financial resources essential for success. As we continue to strategize the best ... 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

Future Center Students Get a Glimpse of Careers in Architecture

A monumental career often starts with a little inspiration. On Wednesday, January 29, students at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College joined current DSF Scholars on an immersive tour of the MBH Architects office in downtown Denver. Guided by architects at the firm, students participated in an icebreaker activity and saw the spaces where the architects work. With breathtaking ... Read More

DSF Scholar Celebrates Rewards of Healthcare Profession

DSF Scholar Karla Gaytan, a senior at Regis University studying nursing, has spent over 500 hours in hospitals and other clinical settings. Yet, no matter how many patients she helps in a day, her passion for helping people just grows bigger. “I love interacting with patients all day and being at the bedside with them,” says Karla. Karla says that … Read More