Greetings DSF Scholars! Good luck as you are passing the hurdle of midterms and coming around the bend to finish up this school year! As always, we here at the Denver Scholarship Foundation want to remind you of your ability to succeed throughout your education at college. To help you keep everything clear, we have compiled some important information and announcements that we hope you will take time to review. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our Retention Manager, Rebecca Fernández Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.951.4151.
DSF 2010-2011 Application Deadline April 1!
FAFSA and DSF Application Help
Student Success: Advice from the Pros
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DSF 2010-2011 Application Deadline is April 1, 2010!
The DSF Scholarship Application is fast approaching! If you have not yet completed your renewal application be sure to visit http://www.denverscholarship.org/scholarship to fill out your application and print out your checklist today! Contact Rebecca at email@example.com with any questions you may have. Don’t forget, you must also submit your FAFSA application before the April 1st deadline. Drop by our office to get some extra help filling everything out in time.
FAFSA and DSF Application Help!
Remember the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required as a part of the DSF Scholarship application, and is also crucial to receive a maximum financial aid award from your school. Take a few minutes and review below what you need to complete your FAFSA. DSF is offering drop in help times through April 1st at the downtown office. We are here to help you!
303 E. 17th Avenue, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80203
March 22 - 26, 2010 & March 29 - April 1
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Don’t forget to bring the following:
Your Social Security Number
Your driver’s license (if any)
Your 2009 W-2 Forms and other records of money earned
Your (and your spouse’s, if you are married) 2009 Federal Income Tax Return
Your Parents’ 2009 Federal Income Tax Return
Your current bank statements
Your alien registration or permanent resident card (if you are not a US citizen)
For more information, contact Rebecca at 303.951.4151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to visit during the week.
Student Success: Advice from the Pros
Figuring out the ins and outs of being successful in college can be quite a winding path. Even discovering the simple things can take enough time that you feel you are almost finished with college before you really uncover all the secrets to success. In order to help with this we talked with Jason Clark, DSF's Future Center College & Financial Aid Advisor at Manual High School, and also someone who attended college and learned the tricks of the trade first-hand.
Q: What is the biggest piece of advice you would offer to students?
A: “Study abroad. I had the privilege of traveling to several countries as a student and have grown much from these experiences. I went to Colorado College and there were a few scholarships available for students who studied for a semester or during the summer in a different country. Check out the study abroad department at your school to see where you may be able to go. Also, see if you qualify for The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program, a scholarship for students who study abroad.”
Q: What is one resource you wish you had taken advantage of earlier in college?
A: “I wish I would have taken advantage of the school’s free fitness facility more frequently. I heard about the freshman 15, where you gain about 15 lbs your first year, but I had no idea that it would continue each year.”
Q: What is the biggest misconception about college and campus resources?
A: “Most colleges have a career center, study abroad office, writing center, tutoring services, security escorting services, fitness facility etc. During my undergraduate years, I had a work-study position at the school’s career center. Many students did not come into the center because they thought they had to pay. Most schools offer these services for free. If you are not sure, don’t be afraid to ask; you may be missing out on opportunities to learn about internships, jobs, or receive help writing an essay or finishing your math homework.”
Q: What do you feel is the most important thing to do to be successful in college?
A: “Learning to ask for help. I remember when I got back my first college assignment. I bet the professor had to buy new red pen after reviewing my essay. I was used to getting good grades in high school, but I was devastated when I saw the words “SEE ME” written right next to the lowest grade I have ever gotten. Half of me wanted to go back home to New York, but the other half was curious about what else the professor had to say. I went to his office after class and he encouraged me to utilize the campus writing center and to visit with him anytime I needed help with an assignment. From that point on, I always made sure I asked professors and others for help if I didn’t understand an assignment or needed help with an essay.”
Q: How would you define success in college? Is it different than in high school?
A: “In high school, I thought I was successful if I got a good grade on a test or on my transcript. At first, I thought the same was true in college; however, I came to realize that it wasn’t. For me, success involved having fun with some of the courses I took, being able to apply what I learned in class to my life and learning more about myself.”
Facebook: Have you joined the crowd?
If you haven’t already found us on Facebook, remember to join the Group: Denver Scholarship Foundation-College Students. Check regularly for internship opportunities, discussion groups, and events at your college!