North High School Senior Reflects on His Journey

Over the summer, North High School student Rico Givens-Padilla took an introduction to criminal law class through Harvard University. For the first time in his academic career, he had a black instructor. This left a lasting impact on Rico. “I was surrounded by hardworking and brilliant students, empowered by the school’s resources, and challenged by an instructor who looked like … 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

Three Cheers for DSF Scholar Gigi Granados 

Angelica “Gigi” Granados is passionate about encouraging others so they can achieve their goals. For her, it just comes naturally. A 2017 graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School, she is now a DSF Scholar and a senior cheerleader at the University of Denver (DU).  Beyond the court, she also serves as a different kind of cheerleader on campus. Gigi, a first-generation college student, is a resident assistant (RA) for a first-generation living-learning community that supports students on their college journeys.  Though … 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 Alumni Amplify Peer Voices in Community

By Perla Bustillos Engagement Manager Ednium: The Alumni Collective  There is no better feeling than seeing Denver Public Schools (DPS) alumni hold important decision-making positions in our communities. It is even more empowering when an alumnus has overcome significant adversity in life and owns their story to positively uplift and impact others. Graduates of the first Ednium: The Alumni Collective cohort ... 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

Scholars Help Ease Transition to College for Graduating High Schoolers

Denver Scholarship Foundation

DSF Scholars Daniela Arroyo and Jackeline Paz-Perlera realize the time between high school and college can get hectic. Figuring out your class schedule— or even knowing what building to be in next—can be overwhelming for incoming first-year college students. That’s why Daniela and Jackeline signed up to be peer mentors with College Works, a program of Metropolitan State University of … 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

DSF Alumna keeps young students connected during COVID-19

As a paraprofessional at Swansea Elementary, a typical workday for Liliana Flores includes storytime and show-and-tell. In her role, Liliana works with first-grade students. Though her school has transitioned to remote learning, Liliana is making sure her young students are still able to experience the highlights of first grade by keeping them connected. A students-first philosophy A DSF Alumna and … 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