DSF Scholar and Alumna Build Friendship Through Mentorship Program

Perla and Keema smiling

Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) Scholar Keema Ebong credits much of her college success to her mentor, DSF Alumna Perla Bustillos. As a sophomore at University of Colorado (CU) Denver, she had to make a tough decision this year – switching from a biology major to business marketing. Looking back, Keema says that switching majors would have been so much harder if … Read More

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

Group14 Engineering Partners with DSF to Provide Internships and Scholarships

DSF Scholar Luis Avalos enjoys the outdoors

Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) is proud to continue our partnership with Group14 Engineering, a B Corp and Certified Just Denver-based consulting firm committed to improving the energy and resource efficiency of buildings. Many Group14 employees are Denver Public Schools (DPS) graduates, so supporting local public schools is important to who they are as an organization. As a B Corp, they are committed to giving 1% of net … 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

For First-Generation College Student Brandon Navejas, Family is Everything

Brandon Navejas Outside Taqueria La Familia
For North High School graduate, Brandon Navejas, family is everything. That's just one of the reasons he continued to work at his family’s restaurant, Taqueria La Familia, throughout high school, sometimes working 60 hours a week. After the unexpected passing of his father in 2020, he felt it was even more important to support his mother, at home, and at the restaurant.   Brandon talks about ... Read More

DSF Celebrates 2021 Graduates!

DSF Scholar Javier in a graduation cap and gown.

All of us at Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) are incredibly proud of the Class of 2021 high school and college graduates. These students have persevered through a global pandemic, economic hardship, social unrest, and more, yet their resiliency continues to shine. Thanks to the incredible work of our College Advisors at DSF Future Centers, Campus Advisors on the Auraria Campus in Denver, and our 31 College Partners throughout … Read More

DSF Alumni and Scholars Build Close Relationships, Support Systems Thanks to the Mentorship Program

DSF Scholar Nhi Vuong

After a year of virtual networking, friendships, and relationship building, the 2020-21 Mentorship Program is coming to a close. Along with the Alumni Advisory Committee (AAC) of Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF), the Mentorship Program empowers DSF Scholars and Alumni to grow professionally while inspiring them to contribute to the greater Denver community through individualized mentorship.   Mentor and mentee pairs enjoyed several remote group events … Read More

DSF Scholar Demonstrates Leadership Skills at University of Denver

DSF Scholar Arleth

Since her senior year at South High School, Arleth Ocon knew she wanted to pursue social work. One of the tough decisions she had to make as a senior, however, was which college to enroll into. She had it all planned out to pursue her undergraduate degree in a school with a strong social work program, and then enroll into graduate school to continue her studies. University of Denver … Read More