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 … Read More

DSF Announces 2021 College Partner of the Year

Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) partners with 31 College Partners, which include technical and community colleges, and universities across Colorado. Our College Success program invests resources in the success of our Scholars and student communities, all the way through college graduation. DSF’s College Success programming would not be possible without our College Partners, and we are excited to announce this year’s College … Read More

DSF Scholars Enrolled at CU Boulder Featured at 2021 DSF Annual Gala

Jamal Giornazi, Samariddin Meliboev, and Kai Suematsu are seniors at the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder and graduates of George Washington High School, where all three received DSF services from Emma Keppes at the DSF Future Center, but their journeys together started even earlier.   Jamal and Kai met in the cafeteria in 6th grade, and have been best friends since. “Kai is a leader”, says Jamal when asked to describe his lifelong friend. Jamal and … Read More

George Washington High School Graduate Headed Toward a New Adventure at Harvard University

Jose Avalos is spending his summer giving back to the community as an intern at Aurora Community Connection, which serves the community through a variety of programming including tutoring, legal services, and resource sharing. Jose’s schedule is packed – in the mornings, he coaches soccer; during the day, he teaches a science class; and in the afternoon, he tutors students of all ages, focusing on reading and writing. Aurora Community Connection serves … Read More

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