Meet Seraphine Nguyen

Next month, DSF Scholar Seraphine Nguyen will become the first in her family to graduate from college, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in finance and business analytics with a minor in leadership studies. As the oldest of her siblings, Seraphine considers herself a leader in more ways than one. As a freshman at John F. Kennedy High School, Seraphine … Read More

Meet Aviva Nguyen

Dinner time at the Nguyen’s house often features college as a topic of conversation. Austin, Aviva, and Seraphine Nguyen—three DSF Scholars, attending three schools, navigating three unique pathways—use the time together at home to help each other succeed on their journeys to and through college graduation. As the middle child, Aviva has learned to forge her own path at Metropolitan … Read More

Meet Austin Nguyen

Meet Austin, Aviva, and Seraphine Nguyen: three siblings who, with encouragement from their parents, support from DSF, and guidance from each other, have become first generation college students. Austin Nguyen, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School, will graduate in June and embark on his journey to and through college this fall. Equipped with the tools provided by his … Read More

DSF Scholar Creates Community Through Art

For DSF Scholar Ellen Kaufman, the inspiration to create art is rooted in her family’s history. By breaking down big concepts like cultural awareness with acrylics, pencils, and clay, Ellen aims to help her audience dig deeper with every piece she creates. “When I get into the zone and stop thinking, there is an energy driving my art,” Ellen says. … Read More