DSF Scholars Enrolled at CU Boulder Featured at 2021 DSF Annual Gala

Jamal Giornazi, Samariddin Meliboev, and Kai Suematsu are seniors at the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder and graduates of George Washington High School, where all three received DSF services from Emma Keppes at the DSF Future Center, but their journeys together started even earlier.   Jamal and Kai met in the cafeteria in 6th grade, and have been best friends since. “Kai is a leader”, says Jamal when asked to describe his lifelong friend. Jamal and … Read More

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 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

DSF Scholar Serves on Front Lines While Finishing College Degree

When DSF Scholar Maria Mendoza-Armendariz isn’t serving the community at the STRIDE Community Health Center as a patient navigator, she can be found at home, spending time with family or studying for her final round of exams. As a senior at the University of Colorado Denver, Maria balances a full course load while working full-time on the front lines through … Read More

Cooking Up a Career in the Food Industry

DSF Scholar Alma Torales-Gomez has all the ingredients needed for a successful career in the food industry. From the DSF Future Center at DCIS Montbello to the classrooms at Johnson & Wales University, Alma is well on her way to achieving her dream of opening a bakery. “I’ve always liked to cook,” shares Alma. “My goal is to open a … Read More

DSF Scholar Embraces Changes and Challenges on Journey to College Graduation

As a senior at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver), DSF Scholar Israa Hussein is expecting to graduate this fall. While the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and her priorities shift from day-to-day, she’s keeping her eyes on the prize: College graduation.   Facing uncertainty with determination This isn't the first time Israa has demonstrated bravery in the face of uncertainty. When the Hussein family left Iraq and arrived in the United States in 2009, Israa had not received any prior education. Immersed ... Read More