For DSF Alumna, Mentorship Matters

Impostor syndrome can make or break a first-generation college student’s experience. Like many students who are the first in their family to attend college, Diana Casillas tackled self-doubt in her freshman year at Colorado State University (CSU). In the transition to a new environment, Diana discovered that connections and community can make the difference between surviving—or thriving—in college.  “Being away from family was new,” remembers Diana. “My first year … Read More

From Program Requirements to Personal Connections 

Thuyvi Vo is well on her way to completing her master’s degree in public health and social work. To fulfill her internship requirement, Thuyvi supports students in the DSF Future Center at Abraham Lincoln High School as a volunteer. For Thuyvi, volunteering in the DSF Future Center is more than just a program requirement—it’s personal.  Following in her footsteps Born and raised in Denver, Thuyvi attended John F. Kennedy High … Read More

DSF Celebrates FAFSA Volunteers

Applying to scholarships and financial aid can be an arduous process. That’s why Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) staff and volunteers are there to help guide students through their college journey. Over 7 weeks this past fall, DSF staff and 112 volunteers supported 16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshops. Thanks to the tremendous dedication of everyone involved, we … Read More

DSF Builds Strong Volunteer Program with Community Support

The previous year—academic year 2018-19—was a banner year for both Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and our team of volunteers. DSF staff, led by Volunteer Manager Caryn Oppenheim, helped launch DSF’s Volunteer Forward movement, which was met with tremendous enthusiasm from the community. Volunteers gave their time in support of DSF’s three-part program of College Access, Scholarships, and College Success, from … 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

Volunteer Helps Students Reach their A-Game

Sue Zoby is passionate about pushing students to perform at their best. A former track and field and cross country coach, Sue has hung up the whistle and turned her attention to helping students succeed on their journeys to college. “When I moved to Denver nine years ago, I knew I wanted to continue working with teenagers but did not … Read More

Volunteer Does it All for Students in the Future Center

After a successful career in the oil and gas industry, Majorie (Marge) Kercher now focuses her attention on giving back to the community by providing a spark for students to continue their educational journeys to and through college. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native has been volunteering with DSF since 2017 and has worked at both Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early … Read More

Volunteer Lends a Hand to Help Students Figure Out Financial Aid

Denver Scholarship Foundation

During the month of February, DSF celebrates Financial Aid Awareness Month with the higher education community across the country. This past fall, DSF held 16 workshops to help Denver Public Schools (DPS) high school seniors complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). With the support of the workshops, DSF served 949 students and supported 739 FAFSA submissions. With … Read More