Scholar strives to set an example for family, friends

“Defiant” might not be the first adjective that comes to mind when describing a recent college graduate, but for DSF Alumnus Jose Miguel Jara-Garcia, “defiant” is the perfect way to describe his path through higher education. “I am not the first Latino to graduate from college, but the statistics for Latinos and Latinas are not encouraging,” Miguel said. “Identifying as … Read More

Scholar’s passion for PR goes beyond the classroom

For Angelina Ursetta, public relations (PR) isn’t just a career path—it’s a way of life. From coordinating her sorority’s social media channels to serving on the executive board of the University of Northern Colorado’s Student Public Relations Network, Angelina is diving head-first into her passion for all things PR. As a 2014 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School, Angelina … Read More

Colorado Challenge Student of the Year Spreads Message of Positivity to Peers

Charline Nguyen’s optimistic energy is contagious—and she plans to spread it. As a Students Empowered Educated Determined (SEED) Scholar who completed her associate’s degree through the Community College of Denver in May, Charline will start her first year at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU) in the computer information systems program this fall. Outside of class, Charline works in the … Read More

Recent graduate keeps success grounded in relationships

Whether she’s volunteering, working, at school, or at home, Sabrin Mohamed has always made sure to keep her success grounded in relationships. As a mentor and recent graduate at North High School, Sabrin splits her time between working and volunteering at the Bridge Project, and volunteering at the YESS Institute. According to Sabrin, her own growth as a young mentee … Read More

Engineer gains the confidence to shoot for the stars

All it took was one simple question to get David Shnaider dreaming about his future. As a middle-schooler, David said his mom sat him down and posed the question that every kid has to answer at one point or another: What do you want to be when you grow up? Instead of choosing what most young students choose as their … Read More

Expectations of education at core of student’s success

“We want to bring you here so you have better opportunities in school – so you can become whatever you want to be.” Those words of inspiration have been at the core of Yared Asmelash’s foundation. At the young age of age 5, Yared’s parents brought his family to the United States from Ethiopia, with a goal of instilling a … Read More

We’re moving! Our new address is 789 Sherman St, Suite 610

We are happy to announce that we are relocating to 789 Sherman Street, Suite 610, tomorrow, February 24. As of 9pm tonight, our network and all communications will be down while we move. This includes email, internet communications, and phone communications. Our website will remain accessible and will not be affected. All networks and communications will be restored on Monday, … Read More

2nd Annual Leadership Conference

On Friday, February 10th we held our 2nd Annual Leadership Conference for DSF Scholars. More than seventy DSF Scholars and guests attended, doubling the attendance from last year! Each Scholar attended leadership and networking workshops. Workshops were presented by young professionals from our DSF Alumni Advisory Committee, as well as our partners from Colorado Challenge. Scholars also had an opportunity … Read More

Sky’s the limit for business-minded Air Force officer

Joey and Governor Hickenlooper

Original story published by University of Colorado Boulder. Click here to view.  Ambitious goals can become a reality when backed by a supportive community and an encouraging environment. For Joey Arora, a CU Boulder student who studied business, his twofold goal of starting his own company and joining the U.S. Air Force was made possible by his internal drive and … Read More

Education Makes Refugee’s Dreams Possible

Nabaa Hashim (pictured with her family third from the left) was born in Iraq in 1997. Five years later she and her family sought refuge in the United States because her home was a war ground plagued by Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship. Nabaa is now a Denver Scholarship Foundation Scholar. Education, she said, is the key to her success and her … Read More