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Denver Scholarship Foundation

The 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.

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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 3,249 seniors and their families in 2018-19.

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Evidence of Program's Success

DSF Future Centers supported the following:
o 3,249 Seniors received direct support throughout the college-going process in 2018-19.
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 awarded $43.4 million in scholarships. With the help of the DSF Scholarship, 7,020 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 Since fall 2007 the Denver Scholarship Foundation has awarded $43.4 Million through the 2018-19 academic year in scholarships to help over 7,020 Scholars.
o On average, DSF Scholars receive an additional $2 of institutional aid for every $1 they receive from DSF.
o Each year, DSF provides over 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

DSF's College Success program provides ongoing support for Scholars throughout their college career. Since 2013, 80% of DSF Scholars have graduated or continue to succeed in college. On average, each year our scholars receive $2 in additional financial aid from our college partners for every $1 they receive from DSF. It takes more than just financial aid. DSF's College Partners guarantee our Scholars additional academic and financial support on campus by providing additional grants and scholarships. College Partners connect Scholars with special programs and services such as mentoring, tutoring, workshops, and other programs to help them succeed and graduate. On the Auraria Campus, DSF Campus Advisors provide wraparound services including college advising, academic guidance, and financial aid assistance.

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Evidence of Program's Success

DSF's College Success program provides ongoing support for Scholars throughout their college career. Since 2013, 80% of DSF Scholars have graduated or continue to succeed in college or technical school. On average, each year our scholars receive $2 in additional financial aid from our college partners for every $1 they receive from DSF. It takes more than just financial aid. College partners guarantee our Scholars additional academic and financial support on campus by providing additional grants and scholarships. College partners connect Scholars with special programs and services such as mentoring, tutoring, workshops, and other programs to help them succeed and graduate. DSF Campus Advisors provide wraparound services including intrusive college advising, academic guidance, and financial aid assistance.

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