Denver Scholarship Foundation

Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) inspires and empowers Denver Public Schools' students to achieve their post-secondary goals by providing the tools, knowledge and financial resources essential for success. Start a recurring gift and you will receive a DSF tote bag as part of our thank you!

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College Access

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Denver Scholarship Foundation's (DSF) work starts in the DSF Future Centers, located in Denver Public Schools (DPS) high schools, and staffed by DSF College Advisors. DSF College Advisors provide a detailed roadmap to college for high school students by supporting them through every step of the process. DSF College Advisors provide support with applying to certificate, two-year, and four-year programs; offer assistance securing scholarships and financial aid; and connect students with on-campus college resources. 88% of DSF Scholars are first generation college students, as they are the first in their families to go to college. DSF operates 14 Future Centers serving 21 DPS high schools. DSF College Advisors worked proactively with 3,411 seniors and their families in 2020-21.

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Evidence of Program's Success

DSF Future Centers supported the following:
o 3,411 Seniors received direct support throughout the college-going process in 2020-21.
o Provided a detailed roadmap to college for high school students.
o Supported students with applying to certificates, two-year, and four-year programs.
o Held FAFSA workshops to help students apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
o Through the Future Center hundreds of visits from college representatives were scheduled at DPS schools and on college campuses.







DSF Scholarships

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Young Adults (20-25 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

DSF provides need-based, renewable scholarships for up to four years to qualifying DPS graduates. Every year, DSF provides over 1,800 scholarships to esteemed and determined Scholars across Denver. Since DSF started providing scholarships in the fall of 2007, we have surpassed $52.4 million in scholarships. With the help of the DSF Scholarship, 8,272 DPS graduates have pursued a college education. Our scholarship is known as a promise scholarship. This means all students who meet the following requirements are eligible: must have attended a DPS high school for four years leading up to graduation; must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0; must demonstrate financial need after completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or alternate demonstration of need as defined by the current DSF Scholarship Policy; and must enroll in full time classes at any one of DSF's 31 partner community colleges, universities, and technical colleges.

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Evidence of Program's Success

o DSF surpassed $52.4 million in total scholarships awarded to 8,272 Denver Public Schools graduates since the fall of 2007.
o 88.7% of Scholars were first-generation college students and 90.6% identified as students of color in the most recent 6-year cohort.
o In 2020-21, DSF provided nearly 1,800 scholarships to esteemed and determined Scholars in Denver.

College Success

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Young Adults (20-25 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

In Denver Scholarship Foundation's (DSF) 14 Future Centers, located in Denver Public Schools (DPS) high schools, DSF College Advisors guide students through every step of the college application and financial aid process for certificate, associate or bachelor's degree programs. Next, the DSF Scholarship helps make college possible for eligible DPS graduates. Our college success program invests resources in the success of our Scholars and student communities, all the way through college graduation. DSF college success services provide ongoing academic, social, and financial support for Scholars through our partnerships with our College Partners - 31 postsecondary institutions across the state - and DSF Campus Advisors.

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Evidence of Program's Success

o DSF partners with 31 technical colleges, community colleges and universities in Colorado to provide on-campus support for Scholars.
o On average, as a part of our partnership, each year our Scholars receive $3 in additional financial aid from our College Partners for every $1 they receive from DSF

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