Denver Scholarship Foundation

A nonprofit organization

Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) is a nonprofit helping to make college possible and building the educational and economic future of Denver by collaborating with Denver Public Schools (DPS) high school students, families, and partners statewide to increase access and completion of post-high school learning, while also expanding generational exposure to career and entrepreneurial opportunities. 

Your support of Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) helps make college possible for Denver students like Maritza Medina. Maritza was first introduced to DSF through the DSF Future Center located inside her high school, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College. There she was connected to her DSF College Advisor Derrek Sandoval, a former DSF Scholar himself, who helped her see the possibility of college by assisting with admissions questions, college essays, and scholarship applications.

Once on Auraria campus attending Community College of Denver, Maritza was paired with DSF Campus Advisor Cynthia Gallegos. Their relationship created a critical support system that helped to ensure that Maritza would graduate. All of this was undergirded by the DSF Scholarship that Maritza received each year.

Whether pursuing higher education at Community College of Denver like Maritza, or at any of Denver Scholarship Foundation’s other 30 college partners across the state, DSF Scholars rely on community members like you for the scholarships and wrap-around services DSF provides. Your gift today to DSF helps provide those services, opens doors, and broadens horizons for DSF Scholars.

The best time to support students and DSF Scholars like Maritza is now. A gift to DSF is an investment in the successful future of thousands of Denver Public Schools (DPS) students and their families. Make a difference by giving today! 

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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.

Background Statement

Philanthropists Tim and Bernadette Marquez wanted to increase the level of college attainment in Denver. They were joined by former Mayor John Hickenlooper and former Superintendent Michael Bennet to help make access to higher education possible for all DPS students today and for generations to come.

DSF was founded based on wide recognition that DPS students face multiple barriers to completing a post-secondary degree. Philanthropists Tim and Bernadette Marquez pledged $50 million in the form of a challenge grant. As a Lincoln High School graduate, Tim felt called to make a long-lasting impact on DPS students for generations to come. This challenge catalyzed the process of putting into place a comprehensive program to support DPS students in completing high school and obtaining a higher education degree.

DSF began with a pilot program serving three Denver high schools, and by the end of 2007 the program had expanded throughout the district. Today, DSF operates 15 Future Centers serving 19 DPS high schools.

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Denver Scholarship Foundation

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Education, Youth Development


789 Sherman Street, Suite 610
Denver, CO 80203

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Denver County, CO, US





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