The DSF Scholar Institute (DSI) seeks current Scholars in their first, second, or third year of college interested in gaining leadership skills and expanding their network.

For our graduating Scholars, please visit our Alumni Advisory Committee webpage to learn more about how to get involved.


The purpose of the DSF Scholar Institute is to:

  • Provide participants with opportunities to gain and expand leadership skills.
  • Enhance participants’ network through connections with fellow DSF Scholars.
  • Encourage dialogue between participants and staff about current DSF projects.

Ready to join?

Apply for the DSF Scholar Institute

We accept applications to participate in the DSF Scholar Institute once a year. The application for the 2018-19 Institute is now open. The deadline to apply is April 6, 2018.

There are 12 spots available for the 2018-2019 Institute. Selection will be geared to achieve diversity of colleges represented (certificate, community college, and 4-year), and will consider applicant’s current year in college and responses to application questions.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Lopez at or 303.640.6566.

2018-19 Commitment

The DSF Scholar Institute will meet once a month from May 2018 to March 2019. Sessions will be held on Fridays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at MSU Denver (Auraria Campus), unless otherwise noted. Optional Scholar activities will be announced once confirmed.

Your attendance is essential and beneficial to the DSF Scholar Institute. If your schedule does not permit you to attend all the sessions, we recommend you postpone applying until your schedule can accommodate the time commitment.

Attendance Policy:

  • You will receive a $30 stipend check for each session. There are no stipends associated with any Scholar activities or additional events outside designated sessions.
  • You are expected to arrive on time and remain for the entire session.

Absence Policy:

  • Any participant who misses more than two sessions will not receive their $30 stipend for future sessions.
  • We understand that attendance at all Scholar activities may not work with your schedule, please discuss with DSF College Success Coordinator once activities are confirmed.


2018-19 Timeline:


–May 18, 2018                           Session 1: DSF Scholar Institute

–June 2018                                 Optional Scholar Activity

–July 27, 2018                            Session 2: Leadership Development

–August 2018                             Optional Scholar Activity

–September 14, 2018                Session 3: Professional Development

–October 2018                           Optional Scholar Activity

–November 9, 2018                  Session 4: Pay It Forward

–December 2018                       Optional Scholar Activity

–January 18, 2019                     Session 5: Continuous Growth

–February 2019                          4th Annual DSF Leadership Conference

–March 8, 2019                          Celebration & Welcome New Members