West High Campus
Future Center: Room 219
College 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 Talent Search: Derrek Sandoval
Derrek Sandoval is a Denver native, a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School, and a Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) Alumnus. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Adolescent Development. Derrek’s passion for college access stems from navigating the college process as the first traditional college student in his family. As a male of color, he strives to empower students who find themselves in similar situations and believes it is vital to educate students, families, and the community about the importance of higher education. Additionally, Derrek values quality relationships, equity, and learning. His favorite part about working with DSF is challenging students to grow and become advocates for their education.