This month, we are going ALL in to celebrate another successful academic year of helping Denver Public Schools’ students on their journeys to and through college graduation. As our 2019 college graduates toss their mortarboards high into Colorado’s sky and transition from the classroom to the workforce, our newest DSF Scholars are beginning their college journeys.
It’s time to go ALL in together.
Because of you, Aviva is pursuing her dreams
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 State University of Denver (MSU) with the help of her older sister, Seraphine.
“Seraphine is definitely a role model for me,” Aviva shares. “She pushed me to be more engaged on campus by taking advantage of the opportunities that Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) offers on campus. Seraphine has been the guinea pig since we are first generation college students.”
When Aviva struggled at the beginning of her college journey, Seraphine helped connect her to the resources she needed to thrive. After enrolling in the biology program at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver), Aviva realized that her heart lay in hospitality and helping people.
Read Aviva’s full story on our blog.
We are family: Meet the Nguyens
With encouragement from their parents, support from DSF, and guidance from each other, siblings Austin, Aviva, and Seraphine Nguyen have become the first generation in their family to graduate from college.
Austin, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School, will graduate in June. Over the past academic year, he has spent hours in the DSF Future Center at school with Ms. Emily, his DSF College Advisor.
“I want to go to the University of Colorado Denver or the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Coming to the DSF Future Center motivates me to do the things I need to do to get to college,” Austin shares.
Aviva, a junior at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU), says the support she has received from DSF has reached far beyond the scholarship dollars.
“I started college at the University of Colorado Denver as a biology major. My DSF Campus Contact at the time, Chevy Lowe, helped me transfer to MSU, where I found the events and meeting management program,” explains Aviva. “I needed a little push from outside my family and relatives—it was nice to know from someone else that it was okay to switch.” Campus contacts are instrumental to the success of DSF Scholars.
As the first in her family to graduate from college and the oldest sibling, Seraphine sees herself as a role model for her brother and sister.
“The support I received from my DSF College Advisor and Stephanie, the DSF College Success Coordinator, really helped me put all of the steps together,” Seraphine reflects. “When Aviva started college, I transferred that knowledge to her. Now with Austin, we are all really stepping up to get him ready together.”