High School GPA Requirement

You must have at least a 2.0 high school GPA to be eligible for the DSF Scholarship.  However, your final high school GPA will determine the type of college (technical, community college, or 4-year college/university) where you are eligible to receive the DSF Scholarship.

DSF will look at your weighted or unweighted final cumulative high school GPA (whichever is higher) to determine your eligible college type.

2.75 or higher GPA: eligible for scholarship in any degree type (certificate, associate, or bachelor degrees) at any DSF partner college.

2.5 – 2.749 GPA: eligible for scholarship only at a DSF partner technical or community college.

2.0 – 2.49 GPA: eligible for scholarship only at a DSF partner technical college.  

If you plan to enroll at a college type where you do not meet the minimum required high school GPA and you have not yet completed a technical or community college program, you may submit a High School GPA Appeal once you meet the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of a minimum of 12 college credit hours at a community college or 4-year college/university, as shown on a college transcript; and
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative college GPA; and
  • Meeting current college’s Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements (not on academic/financial aid probation).

To request a GPA Appeal:

Login to the DSF Student Portal, then click on the Forms tab to complete the GPA Appeal form and upload your college transcript showing that you meet the requirements listed above.

GPA Appeals are considered on a rolling basis. Be sure to complete your GPA Appeal and upload your college transcript at least 30 days before the end of the term in which you hope to receive a scholarship award payment, to allow time for appeal and payment processing.

If you have completed a certificate or degree at a technical or community college, you are eligible at any college type and DO NOT need to complete a GPA Appeal. Please upload a copy of your unofficial transcript to DSF showing that your degree or certificate has been conferred and the date.

If you have questions about your DSF eligibility based on your final high school GPA or the High School GPA Appeal, please ask your Future Center Advisor/high school counselor, Campus Contact, or DSF staff (use this contact form or call 303.640.6564).

If Your Final HS GPA is:You are eligible for the scholarship only at the following college type:When you successfully complete your program at your initial college type:
2.75 or higherAny DSF college partner (Four-year College/University, Community College, or Technical College)…You’ll continue to be eligible at any college type within your years of eligibility (or through completion of your first bachelor’s degree, whichever is first).
2.5 – 2.749Community College, Technical College…You will be eligible at a 4-year college/university within your years of eligibility
2.0 – 2.49Technical College…You will be eligible at a community college or 4-year college/university within your years of eligibility

Withdrawing Your DSF Scholarship Application

For 2021 and 2022 high school graduates only:

If you submit a 2022-23 DSF Scholarship Application, but do not meet the high school GPA requirements for your intended college type, you may choose to withdraw your DSF application no later than July 15, 2022.

Please go to the Forms tab of the DSF Student Portal and view the Application Withdrawal Form for more information.

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If you previously submitted an approved GPA Appeal or successfully completed a technical or community college program, you will continue to be eligible for the scholarship at any college type for your years of eligibility as long as all other scholarship requirements are met.


Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Measure of successful completion of college courses and progress toward a degree based on meeting
minimum requirements for GPA and course completion rate; required to maintain financial aid eligibility and
eligibility for the DSF Scholarship.

Successful Completion

Completion of a course in which a Scholar receives a grade of A, B, C, D, S/A, S/B, S/C, or S (or equivalent as
determined by your college). If the Scholar receives a grade of I, F, U, U/D, U/F, W, or AW (or equivalent as
determined by your college), credits from that course will not be counted in the determination of how many
credit hours the Scholar successfully completed.