North High School
Future Center: Library Atrium
Advisor: Zulema Sierra
Zulema Sierra has been at the John F. Kennedy Future Center, room 305, for two years now. Students from last years graduating class were collectively offeredover $3,000,000 of scholarships due to the help and assistance of Zulema. Additionally, 100% of the students at John F. Kennedy high school applied to at least one college.
Zulema was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and went to North High School. After graduating high school she attended Colorado State University for both undergraduate and graduate school studying technical journalism and then student affairs in higher education.
During college, Zulema worked at the Colorado State University Latino Cultural Center as the program coordinator. When Zulema started talking to people that were happy with their job, she saw they had something in common and they worked with students. She realized that this was the path she wanted to take.
Zulema started working at Denver Scholarship Foundation after her advisor in grad school led her to the foundation. She began volunteering at North High School for her practicum during grad school.
Zulema’s personal values align perfectly with DSF’s values and by doing her job she gets to exemplify her values of integrity, growth, happiness and relationships everyday. Her favorite part is building a lasting relationship with her students and getting to know them on a personal level. Zulema leaves work feeling fulfilled knowing that she has helped students. Being an advisor has also been eye opening for Zulema to see students grow but also watch herself grow as a person.
TRIO Advisor: Myrna Hernandez
Myrna was born and raised in Southwest Denver where she attended Abraham Lincoln High School. She then went to Metropolitan State University of Denver where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Services with a concentration in High Risk Youth in 2014. Her career began with Denver Public Schools where she worked as an ELA Paraprofessional and a Parent and Community Liaison.
Myrna’s passion for helping youth began her senior year of high school where she was assistant for her Future Center Advisor. Myrna was able to see the impact that her advisor’s work had on students but most importantly she was able to experience it firsthand. That experience is what really sold her on her career. From that moment on, Myrna knew that her career would be in a field that involved working with youth.
As TRIO College Advisor, Myrna hopes to build strong relationships with students so that she can better help them pursue their dreams. She wants every student to know about all of the post-secondary opportunities that are out there so that they can find the path that will be the best fit.