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 Alumna Supports Students as COSI Grant Coordinator

Rachel Taylor has always been drawn to education, partly because of the impact it made in her life as a young person growing up in Denver, Colorado. A DSF Scholar, Rachel graduated from Montbello High School in 2011 and remembers fondly of the DSF Future Center and her college advisor, Mrs. LaRae Scott Jennings. She then attended Colorado State University … Read More

DSF Alumna Stays Connected and Inspires Future DPS Graduates

Liloni S. Ramos, DSF Alumna

For many first-generation college students that Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) serves, it can be intimidating navigating the journey to and through college completion. For DSF alumna Liloni S. Ramos, she felt grateful that she had a DSF advisor who she could go to with any questions. “I knew I had access to resources and knowledge, because I was a DSF Scholar. The connection from high school to college helped me feel more confident … Read More

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

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

“Take It”: Guest Blog from DSF Alumna JWells

By JWells, M.A. DSF Alumna Ph.D. Candidate, Rhetoric & Writing Assistant Director of Lower Division Writing, Department of Rhetoric & Writing University of Texas at Austin “This is not a diversity hire,” my white, male professor assured me after explaining that the R1 institution I applied to wanted to offer me, and another person of color, two tenure-track assistant professor positions. The laughter erupted from my ... Read More

DSF Alumna Builds Leaders at MSU Denver

When DSF Alumna Jasmine Villalobos-Valles speaks to students at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) about the challenges of college, she speaks from a place of experience— and very recent experience at that. A 2014 graduate of Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College and a 2019 graduate of MSU Denver, Jasmine now supports DSF Scholars like herself. Continuing a … Read More

DSF works to Ensure Success of its First-generation Scholars

By Lorii Rabinowitz, Chief Executive Officer, Denver Scholarship Foundation In November, each year, as a community, we celebrate the triumphs of our first-generation college students in concert with the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act. What’s been clear since that signing in 1965, and our Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) founding in 2006, is that the partnerships created … Read More