Be aware of the steps you should be taking throughout your senior year in order to have the most options available to you after high school.
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Denver Scholarship Foundation believes in the potential of every Denver Public Schools student, and we believe every one of them deserves the chance to earn a college degree or certificate.
Collect these documents for success from the start.
Download your most up-to-date high school transcript. This transcript should include all of your classes from 9th–11th grade. Make sure that all of your courses are listed along with the accurate grade you received. You will need this information to gauge whether you are competitive for admission to a particular institution and to complete portions of college applications.
Using this College Tracker, you can gather the necessary information to apply for various college options, including technical colleges, community colleges, and universities.
You will be asked to write essays for college and scholarship applications. Here are some resources to help you brainstorm, write, and edit your essays.
Request a letter of recommendation from a teacher that can speak highly of your academic potential and also of your character as a person. Think strategically about who you ask to write you a letter of recommendation and try not to ask more than two teachers for a recommendation.
Keep track of all your high school activities. Colleges and scholarships may ask that you provide a list of the activities you participated in throughout your high school career.
Tips and tricks to making college a little more affordable.
Your first step in applying and qualifying for financial aid will be to complete the FAFSA—and at some schools, the CSS profile. Gather the following information in order to complete the FAFSA. Once you gather this information, check-in with your DSF Future Center Advisor on setting up an appointment to complete the FAFSA accurately.
Students who are non-citizens may complete an institutional financial aid application for their college of choice.
The cost of postsecondary education increases each year, but there are many ways to reduce what you will pay. The best way to minimize your cost is to apply for scholarships. Scholarships will each have their own application requirements, including GPA, test scores, ethnicity, community service hours, and leadership potential.
Use the following websites to search for scholarships you qualify for based on your background.
The best places to apply for scholarships are at the universities in which you applied for admission. You will only be competing against other students who were also admitted to that particular institution.
Many different organizations may offer scholarship money to students. These organizations could be nonprofits, parents’ employers, banks, sororities, fraternities, or social advocacy organizations.
For many first-generation college students that Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) serves, it can be intimidating navigating the journey to and through college completion. For DSF alumna Liloni S. Ramos, she felt grateful that she had a DSF advisor who she could go to with any questions. “I knew I had access to resources and knowledge, because I was a DSF Scholar. The connection from high school to college helped me feel more confident in my education journey.”