DSF Staff Highlight: Stephanie López, MSW

Stephanie López, MSW, is no stranger to working for what she believes in. A Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) Alumna, Stephanie grew up attending various Denver Public Schools. From a young age her parents instilled in her the value of hard work. Now, all that work has led her to become the newest college success program manager at DSF. Although the … Read More

DSF Alumnus Equips Community with Resources

DSF Alumnus Ousman Ba is helping families navigate systems to ensure they are receiving critical services during the COVID-19 outbreak. As remote learning is taking place and employment is impacted, Ousman helps organize outreach to community members in need in his role as program coordinator for the African Leadership Group (ALG). “Every Friday for the past three weeks, we’ve delivered 150 … Read More

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