DSF Volunteer Brings Awareness to DSF Mission Amid Pandemic

When I first moved to Denver four years ago, I started looking for ways I could use my skills to give back to a worthy cause. Fresh out of college with a degree in marketing, I was reminded of my university’s simple request to “ask more”—both of myself and of the business world I was about to take on. I started volunteering with a few nonprofits in the area, but none had a … Read More

U.S. Bank Grows Partnership with DSF in Support of Students

For Marcia D. Romero, supporting Denver’s students isn’t just a passion—it’s personal. As an alumna of Abraham Lincoln High School and a first-generation college graduate, she sees the importance of Denver Scholarship Foundation’s (DSF) mission in the community. In her role as vice president and community affairs manager of corporate social responsibility at U.S. Bank, she has put her passion to work by building bridges between U.S. Bank’s community initiatives and DSF Scholars.  For the past two years, … 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

DSF Community Raises Nearly $54,000 to Make College Possible

Denver Scholarship Foundation

Since our founding in 2006, nearly 14 years ago, Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) has pledged to help students navigate systems that were not built with them in mind. There is no more important time to navigate these systems than right now. Thanks to the generosity of our community, DSF’s spring fundraising campaign was a huge success. With the graciousness of an anonymous match, and generous gifts, together we raised nearly … Read More

Concurrent Enrollment Builds College-going Culture

High school adminstrator smiles with group of graduating seniors

In the heart of Denver’s Whittier neighborhood, Manual High School stands as one of the area’s oldest schools, and one of the first to educate women and African Americans. Anchored by its rich history and values of innovation, building community, and celebrating culture, Manual’s student population included 55.9% Hispanic, 33.8% Black, 6.4% American Indian or Alaskan, Asian, or multiple races, … Read More

A Message of Solidarity to our DSF Family

Denver Scholarship Foundation

DSF was built on our inherent commitment to equity. As an organization that serves nearly 91 percent of students of color, it more important than ever that we commit to doing our part to disrupt and eradicate the systems that were not built for our students in mind. DSF stands with the members of our community who are personally impacted … Read More

VF Foundation helps make college possible for Denver’s students

It takes a community A certificate, associate, or bachelor’s degree can pave the way to a brighter future for Denver’s students and their families. At Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF), we know that it takes a community to make college possible. That’s why DSF partners with VF Foundation to provide a unique three-part program that is nationally recognized for its effectiveness. With support from VF Foundation, DSF drives … 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