Teamwork makes the Dreamwork

“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

Go ALL in for Graduation: 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

Go ALL in for Graduation: 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

DSF Alumna Volunteer Sees Importance in Developing Leaders

DSF Alumna Cristina Chacon knows what it means to be at the head of a group. A 2007 graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School and 2011 graduate of Regis University, Cristina understands the value in developing leadership skills from an early age. “As a student I have always been well-spoken and comfortable speaking in front of crowds,” she says. Yet … Read More

Students build brighter futures in the DSF Future Center at Bruce Randolph School

For three students at Bruce Randolph School, the future has never looked brighter thanks to support they have found in the DSF Future Center. Erica, Yulissa, and Roger will graduate this spring, and college is the next stop on their roadmaps. Erica plans to attend Arapahoe Community College, eventually transferring to the University of Colorado Boulder, and will study architecture. … Read More

From Future Center to future doctor: Navigating the path to college

“It is an amazing feeling to advocate for people my age, especially in women’s health issues." Maryanuth (Mary) Keang, a senior at South High School, spends hours every week in school clinics across Denver Public Schools. As a youth advisor with Denver Public Health, Mary is helping to launch and evaluate its school-based clinic program, which operates 17 clinics in ... Read More

DSF Scholar steps up as a leader on campus and beyond

DSF Scholar Hassan Mustefa says his family holds one word at the core of their beliefs: tesfa, which means “hope” in the Ethiopian Tigrinya language. Working as agriculturalists in war-torn Ethiopia, Hassan’s parents abandoned their livelihood in the ’80s to forge a better life in the United States, where Hassan was later born. As a teenager, Hassan had the opportunity … Read More