West High Campus
Future Center: Room 219
Advisor: Federico Rangel, M.S.W.
Giving back to his community is a top priority for Federico. With this, Federico sees working with nonprofits to improve and advance the lives of Denver youth as incredibly impactful. He has advanced his mission over the past ten years as a high school and middle school classroom teacher, an educational counselor and mentor for Denver Kids, Inc., a coordinator of after-school and summer youth programming, and a pre-collegiate educator and scholarship program coordinator. Federico graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Chicano Studies, and a social studies teacher certification and, a Master of Social Work degree from University of Denver in 2016. As a Denver Scholarship Foundation Lead College Advisor at West High campus, Federico keeps students moving on applications and deadlines by spending time in and out of the Future Center, wherever he can find them!
Assistant Director TRIO: Melissa Quinteros Cleaver
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.
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.