It’s in the Numbers: DSF Scholar Finds Passion in Finance

DSF Scholar Daniel Rivera-Ibarra, a first-generation college student, wants to give back to the community.

For DSF Scholar and first generation college student Daniel Rivera-Ibarra, life is more than a numbers game. Growing up in Denver, Daniel’s father worked long days while his mother stayed home to take care of him and his two siblings. Through many hours spent practicing multiplication and division with his mom after school, Daniel’s fascination with numbers turned into a … Read More

DSF Alumnus Takes Leadership Skills All the Way to London

In school and at work, DSF Alumnus Bryant Burciaga challenges himself to become a better leader. After graduating from CEC Middle College of Denver in 2011, Bryant matriculated to the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance, management, and marketing in 2015. Recently, his sense of adventure … Read More

DSF Scholars Soar in DSF Exhibit at Denver International Airport

Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) is flying high after unveiling our Community Cases exhibit at Denver International Airport (DEN). The exhibit highlights DSF’s unique three-part program of college access, scholarships and college success, major contributions to the Denver community, and Scholar perspectives. Charline Nguyen, one of six DSF Scholars featured in the exhibit, says she is “grateful and honored to be … Read More

Meet Seraphine Nguyen

Next month, DSF Scholar Seraphine Nguyen will become the first in her family to graduate from college, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in finance and business analytics with a minor in leadership studies. As the oldest of her siblings, Seraphine considers herself a leader in more ways than one. As a freshman at John F. Kennedy High School, Seraphine … Read More

Teamwork makes the Dreamwork

DSF staff work to make college in Colorado affordable for Denver's students.

“Teamwork makes the Dreamwork.” John Maxwell may have coined the phrase, but the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) team exemplifies this well-known concept every day. I am privileged to serve alongside our team of 60+ at DSF and we are honored to be recognized by the Denver Post as one of 2019’s Top Workplaces in Denver. Not only were we named … Read More

Meet Aviva Nguyen

Dinner time at the Nguyen’s house often features college as a topic of conversation. Austin, Aviva, and Seraphine Nguyen—three DSF Scholars, attending three schools, navigating three unique pathways—use the time together at home to help each other succeed on their journeys to and through college graduation. As the middle child, Aviva has learned to forge her own path at Metropolitan … Read More

Meet Austin Nguyen

Meet Austin, Aviva, and Seraphine Nguyen: three siblings who, with encouragement from their parents, support from DSF, and guidance from each other, have become first generation college students. Austin Nguyen, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School, will graduate in June and embark on his journey to and through college this fall. Equipped with the tools provided by his … Read More

Go ALL in for Graduation: We are family

With encouragement from their parents, support from DSF, and guidance from each other, siblings Austin, Aviva, and Seraphine Nguyen have become the first generation in their family to graduate from college. Austin, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School, will graduate in June. Over the past academic year, he has spent hours in the DSF Future Center at school … Read More

DSF Scholar Creates Community Through Art

For DSF Scholar Ellen Kaufman, the inspiration to create art is rooted in her family’s history. By breaking down big concepts like cultural awareness with acrylics, pencils, and clay, Ellen aims to help her audience dig deeper with every piece she creates. “When I get into the zone and stop thinking, there is an energy driving my art,” Ellen says. … Read More

DSF Scholars Embrace Alternative Spring Break

For most college students, spring break is a time to travel with friends or relax at home. But Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) Scholars Alfonso Barrera and Karla Muniz wanted to do something different. Both students are participants of the DSF Leadership Program, a partnership between Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU) and DSF that aims to boost persistence and graduation … Read More