Future Center: Room 151
Advisor: Humberto Guerrero
Humberto Guerrero is a College Access Advisor for the Denver Scholarship Foundation and TRIO Talent Search.
I grew up in the Five Points neighborhood of Denver. I graduated from Manual High School in 2004 and after a year of working various construction jobs, I decided to go to college. Being first-generation and being among the first of my family to actually finish high school, I did not have a clue how to get to college. For some time, I thought I could not even go to college due to my very low GPA and low ACT scores. By chance, I came across some people active in promoting development in my community that gave me a hand. With their help I was able to enroll in at the Community College of Denver (CCD). During my time at CCD I completed my associate’s degree in General Studies with a 4.0 GPA and later transferred to the University of Colorado Denver (UCD).
At UCD I became active in the TRIO Student Support Services program which widely opened my academic and professional opportunities. Thanks to TRIO I became the recipient of a national fellowship program called the Institute for International Public Policy which provided public policy training, study abroad opportunities, and funding for graduate school. This fellowship program really opened up the possibility for me to go to graduate school.
After graduating summa cum laude from UCD, I participated in various international development projects in Central America. I later returned to Colorado and decided to apply for graduate school. I got accepted and received a full tuition fellowship to do a master’s degree in community development and education at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Before joining DSF, I worked for the United States Agency for International Development in Senegal, the Mastercard Foundation in Tanzania and Uganda as well as the Metropolitan State University of Denver’s TRIO Student Support Services in the Auraria campus.
Advisor: Melissa Quinteros
Last year’s graduating class at the Montbello campus was collectively offered more than $1.7 million in college scholarships. 98% of the class of 2014 also applied to at least one college. This is thanks in part to the assistance they received from College Advisor Melissa Quinteros, who operates the Denver Scholarship Foundation’s Future Center in Room 102.
Melissa was raised in Aurora, Colorado and attended Metropolitan State University where she graduated in 2005 with a degree in Behavioral Science.
While in college Melissa had a work study job as a Student Ambassador at the Admissions office. Her main task during this job was to go to high schools around the state and help students apply for college. She realized that she wanted to continue advising and help students succeed so she applied for a job at Community College of Denver Student Outreach and Recruitment. At this position she was in charge of recruiting students from half of the Denver Public Schools. After this position, Melissa then started working for the TRIO program through Community College of Denver and worked at Skinner Middle School and North High School where she found out about the Denver Scholarship Future Center. All of Melissa’s previous work experiences lead her to her current position at the Montbello campus.
Melissa’s personal values of indomitable spirit relate to DSF’s values of relationship building. Melissa focuses on students not giving up, even when things get hard. Melissa wants to help her students always accomplish their goals and stay focused to graduate and get into college.