APPLY FOR DSF SCHOLARSHIP


Denver Scholarship Foundation Scholarship

The DSF Scholarship Application for the 2014-15 school year is now closed. 


DSF offers need-based scholarships to qualifying graduates of Denver Public Schools. The scholarship can be used at DSF's Partner Colleges in Colorado, including technical, community, and four-year colleges and universities. Students must enroll full-time.  The scholarship is renewable for up to five years depending on the type of college you attend. 

Click here for our list of partner colleges.



Eligibility

If you will graduate from high school in 2014 or you graduated in 2013 and have not yet received a DSF Scholarship, you must meet the following requirements and complete our application process within one year of your high school graduation:

  • Attend a DPS High School for all four consecutive years before graduation.
  • Graduate from a DPS High School with at least a 2.0 GPA.
  • Demonstrate financial need.



DSF College Readiness Eligibility

The DSF Scholarship can be used to attend any DSF Partner College in Colorado, contingent upon your readiness for college-level coursework. You may be considered for the DSF Scholarship:

  • At any DSF Partner College – including four–year colleges, community colleges and technical colleges – if you demonstrate college readiness at least at the 090 level in both Math and English or you do not require developmental education.
  • Only at DSF partner technical or community colleges if you require developmental education below the 090 Math and/or English level.

Scholars from the 2014 Cohort must complete all of their developmental education requirements in order to renew for DSF Scholarship support in subsequent years. 


How to determine if you are college ready?
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DSF will work with Denver Public Schools (DPS) to determine your developmental education needs.  If DPS cannot provide information to confirm that you are prepared for college-level coursework and at least at the 090 level, you will be required to provide additional information to DSF to determine your developmental education needs. 



How to prove your college readiness?
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DSF will notify you of your developmental education needs based on information provided by DPS.  DSF will consider the test scores and/or coursework described in the developmental education table below to determine your developmental education needs.  You will then have an opportunity to provide updated information listed in the table for the determination of your developmental education needs by July 15 for the fall term or November 1 for the winter or spring term.


What should be submitted to DSF as proof of your college readiness?
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The following documents can be submitted to DSF as proof of your college readiness:


  • ACT score reports or high school transcript with score(s), or
  • SAT score reports, or
  • Accuplacer test scores, or
  • College transcripts, or
  • College Readiness Verification Form


*Developmental education courses (030, 060) need to be from COLLEGE transcripts, not high school transcripts.



How to submit proof?
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Include your first name, DPS student ID number, date of birth and high school in the email or on the first page of your documents.


303 E. 17th Avenue, Suite 200, Denver, CO 80203 

Email: scholarship@denverscholarship.org


* Mail must be post marked by July 15 or November 1 and faxes/emails will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on July 15 or November 1. All documents turned in to a DSF Future Center located in a DPS high school must be received by 3:00 p.m. Mountain Time on the day of the corresponding deadline. If the school and Future Center are not open on the deadline day, documents must be submitted directly to DSF by mail or email as detailed above.


Eligible Colleges, depending on Developmental Education Needs:
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DSF Scholars from the 2014 Cohort may be considered for the DSF Scholarship in 2014-15 at any DSF Partner College, including 4-year colleges, community colleges and technical colleges, if they:


  • Demonstrate readiness for college-level coursework in both English and Math; or
  • Demonstrate readiness for developmental education at least at the 090 level in both English & Math.


DSF Scholars from the 2014 Cohort who require development education below the 090 level may only be considered for the DSF Scholarship at a DSF Partner Community College or Technical College.

Renewal requirements for New Scholars who require developmental education:

To maintain eligibility for the DSF Scholarship, DSF Scholars from the 2014 Cohort who require developmental education must meet all other scholarship requirements and demonstrate their readiness for college-level coursework in the manner described above or confirm their enrollment in a technical certificate program that does not require college-level proficiency by July 15, 2015 for fall term, or November 1, 2015 for winter or spring term, by submitting documentation to DSF, if requested. 


If you select a college at which you may not be considered for a DSF Scholarship award, based on your developmental education needs:

You will not receive a scholarship award until you demonstrate at least 090-level readiness in both English and Math.  Updated developmental education information must be submitted to DSF by July 15 for fall term, or November 1 for winter or spring term.


If you do not complete your developmental education requirements within one year:

You will be placed on scholarship suspension beginning in the next term and continuing until you meet the requirements. 




How to Apply

The DSF Scholarship Application for the 2014-15 school year is now closed. 


To receive a DSF Scholarship, students must meet our Eligibility Requirements and complete our application process detailed in one of the following checklists.

New Applicants must complete additional steps in the application process. Please be sure to follow the checklist that is appropriate for you.

New Applicants
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Follow the Checklist for New Applicants if you:

  1. Will graduate from high school in 2014
  2. Graduated from high school in 2013, but are applying for the DSF Scholarship for the first time
  3. Received an email from DSF instructing you to apply as a New Applicant

Click here for the Checklist for New Applicants

Questions
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If you are not certain whether you are a New or Renewal Applicant, please read our Eligibility Requirements, contact DSF at (303) 640-6564, email collegeinfo@denverscholarship.org or contact your Future Center Advisor.


College Choice Form

The College Choice Form (CCF) for the 2014-15 academic year is no longer available.  The deadline to update your CCF for the spring 2015 term was November 1.




Full-Time Enrollment Requirement

DSF Scholars must enroll full-time time (at least 12 credit hours per semester or quarter) to receive the DSF Scholarship.  Only LIMITED exceptions will be considered for part-time enrollment pre-approval. With pre-approval as detailed below, you may receive a prorated DSF Scholarship award while enrolled less than full-time.


Exceptions:
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a.  Enrollment in a technical certificate program; or

b.  Enrollment in an academic program (i.e. internships, study abroad, special needs programs) designed to be less than full-time; or

c.  Fewer than 12 credit hours are required to complete your associate’s or bachelor’s degree; or

d.  One term only during your five years of DSF Scholarship eligibility,

  i.  Developmental education requirements preclude full-time enrollment; or

  ii.  Part-time enrollment is a condition of an academic appeal.



Steps to be considered for a part-time enrollment exception:
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To obtain pre-approval for part-time enrollment, you must submit a complete Part-Time Enrollment Pre-Approval Form to DSF by July 15 for the fall term or November 1 for the winter or spring terms.  The form must be signed by you and the DSF Campus Contact or an Academic Advisor for the college in which you plan to enroll part-time. 


Instructions to submit the Part-Time Enrollment Pre-Approval Form:
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  • Review this form with your DSF Campus Contact or Academic Advisor
  • Both you AND your DSF Campus Contact or Academic Advisor must sign and date this form
  • Submit the signed form to DSF by July 15 for the fall term or November 1 for the winter or spring term using one of the following methods:

Mail: 303 East 17th Avenue, Suite 200                          Fax: (720) 746-5139

         Denver, CO 80203                                              Email:  scholarship@denverscholarship.org


Enrollment without pre-approval:
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If you enroll less than full-time without pre-approval you will be placed on scholarship suspension for the term(s) in which you are enrolled part-time.  You must continue to meet all other DSF Scholarship requirements to be considered for an award when you increase to full-time enrollment.



Deferred-Action Eligibility

DSF provides scholarship support to students who are ineligible to receive Federal Student Aid and are lawfully present in the United States.  In order to prove your lawful presence, please complete and submit the following forms and documents.


Instructions for Confirming Lawful Presence:

By April 1, you must:
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Submit a signed Information Release Form to DSF. 

By July 15 for the fall term or November 1 for the spring or winter terms, you must:
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  • Submit a signed 2014-15 Affirmation of Lawful Presence Form, see below.
  • Submit a copy of one of the following forms of acceptable documentation for proving your lawful presence in the United States. 
      1. Photocopy of the front and back of a valid Employment Authorization Document.
      2. Photocopy of Form I-797 Approval Notice or Form I-821D (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) showing that it is currently valid.
      3. Any List A document or combination of List B and List C documents from the Department of Homeland Security’s List of Acceptable Documents (located at the following link: http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf ).  If the expiration date on your acceptable documents is on or before November 1, 2014, you must provide updated documentation to confirm your lawful presence in the United States to DSF by November 1.
  • Complete the requirements at your college to be considered for in-state tuition under ASSET, if eligible.
  • Complete the requirements at your college to be considered for institutional aid.

How do I submit?
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Include your first name, DPS student ID number, date of birth and high school in the email or on the first page of your documents.


303 E. 17th Avenue, Suite 200, Denver, CO 80203

Fax: (720) 746-5139

Email: scholarship@denverscholarship.org


* Mail must be post marked by July 15 or November 1 and faxes/emails will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on July 15 or November 1. All documents turned in to a DSF Future Center located in a DPS high school must be received by 3:00 p.m. Mountain Time on the day of the corresponding deadline. If the school and Future Center are not open on the deadline day, documents must be submitted directly to DSF by mail, fax, or email as detailed above.


FAQs
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Contact Update

If you completed a 2014-15 DSF Scholarship Application, and you need to update your contact information, visit the Profile page of the DSF Portal.  Click on the Contact Update Form below.   


If you have not and will not be completing a 2014-15 DSF Scholarship Application, we still want to keep in touch with you!  Please click here to update your contact information.



Length of Eligibility

The DSF Scholarship is renewable for up to a total of five consecutive years.  Your DSF Scholarship eligibility period begins when you first meet the requirements to become a DSF Scholar and part of a DSF Cohort. For example:  New Applicants who become DSF Scholars in 2014 are members of the DSF 2014 Cohort. The 2014 Cohort’s first school year of eligibility is the 2014-15 school year. These students may continue to renew the DSF Scholarship through the 2018-19 school year.

Within your five-year period of DSF Scholarship eligibility, there are limits on how long you can renew the DSF Scholarship at certain types of colleges.

  • College/University: Students enrolled in a four-year public or private college or university are eligible for scholarship consideration during all five years of the eligibility period.
  • Community College: Students enrolled in a community college or junior college are eligible for scholarship consideration during the first three years of the eligibility period.
  • Technical College: Students enrolled in a technical college are eligible for scholarship consideration during the first two years of the eligibility period. 

College Type
Cohort Year 1
Cohort Year 2
Cohort Year 3
Cohort Year 4
Cohort Year 5
4-Year College/ University
$$
$
$
$
Community College
$
$
$
No AwardNo Award
Technical College
$
$
No Award
No Award
No Award
Not Enrolled/ Did Not Renew
No Award
No Award
No Award
No Award
No Award

You may choose NOT to enroll (i.e., stop out) for one or more academic terms after becoming a DSF Scholar. However, the time taken off from your college program will be deducted from your remaining years of DSF Scholarship eligibility.

You may re-apply for the DSF Scholarship at any time during within your remaining years of eligibility. However, you must meet all DSF application deadlines and scholarship requirements to receive a payment.


Scholarship Policy

Click on document below for Scholarship Program Policy.


Payment

Below is the guide to the payment process for your DSF scholarship.

How much is my DSF Scholarship?
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(All DSF Scholarship requirements and deadlines must be satisfied)

Scholarship awards depend on the college you attend:

  • Amounts are higher at four-year colleges and universities than at community and technical colleges.

For a list of eligible colleges and information about DSF Partner Colleges, visit www.denverscholarship.org/colleges.

 

 The amount of your scholarship award also depends on:

  • When you first met the requirements to become a DSF Scholar and part of a DSF Cohort
  • Whether you are eligible to receive Federal Student Aid
  • *Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), if you are eligible for federal student aid
  • Number of credit hours for which you are enrolled. Starting Fall 2014, all Scholars will be required to enroll full-time (12 or more credit hours) in order to receive a DSF Scholarship. There are limited exceptions to the full-time enrollment requirement. For a list of these exceptions, click here

The 2014-15 scholarship amounts detailed in the following tables are annual flat rates for students who enroll full-time for the entire academic year (August – May or September – June). DSF Scholarship awards are prorated for students enrolled less than full-time (only for limited exceptions).  Starting Fall 2014, all Scholars will be required to enroll full-time (12 or more credit hours) in order to receive a DSF Scholarship. There are limited numbers of exceptions to the full-time enrollment requirement. For a list of these exceptions, click here

Your cohort is based on the first year you met the requirements to become a DSF Scholar.

*To receive a DSF Scholarship, if you are eligible to receive Federal Student Aid, your EFC must be less than twice the maximum qualifying EFC for the Federal Pell Grant (10,314 in 2014-15) upon completion of your financial aid file.  The Pell limit is set by the federal government each year.  Financial need for students who are ineligible for Federal Student Aid is based on qualification for Free/Reduced Price meal benefits during high school.

2014 Cohort Scholars
who are eligible to receive Federal Student Aid


College TypeDSF Partner College:
EFC
0 -> 5,157
DSF Partner College:
EFC
5,158 -> 10,314
4-year College/University$2,800$3,400
Community College$1,400$1,700
Technical College$1,100$1,400

2014 Cohort Scholars who are ineligible for Federal Student Aid
& lawfully present in the United States

College TypeDSF Partner College:
4-year College/University$3,400
Community College$1,700
Technical College$1,400


When will my DSF Scholarship payment be sent to my college?
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DSF strives to process scholarship awards within the first two weeks of the term.  However, before DSF can process your scholarship award, DSF must first confirm that you have:

  • Demonstrated financial need with a qualifying EFC (0 - 10,314) if you are eligible for Federal Student Aid; or by qualifying for Free/Reduced Price meal benefits during high school if you are ineligible for Federal Student Aid; and
  • Enrolled full-time (12 credit hours) at a DSF Partner College; and
  • Completed all financial aid requirements, if you are eligible for Federal Student Aid, or if you are ineligible for Federal Student Aid, confirm lawful presence, complete all materials to be considered for institutional financial aid and ASSET, if applicable, by July 15, 2014 for the fall term or November 1, 2014 for the winter/spring term; and
  • Met Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements at your college; and
  • Met all Student Success Requirements (SSR).

NOTE:  If you transfer colleges, you must meet all the requirements above as well as:

  • Complete a College Choice Form (CCF) by logging into your DSF Portal and filling out the CCF by July 15, 2014 for the fall term or November 1, 2014 for the winter/spring term.

If you qualify for a scholarship award, your scholarship will be sent directly to your college and an award letter will be sent to you.  If you do not meet all of the requirements, DSF will send you a letter explaining the situation. 

Since your scholarship award cannot be paid until we confirm all requirements are met, there is a chance that your DSF Scholarship payment will not be received before tuition or other educational expenses are due. We encourage you to discuss payment plan options with Office of Financial Aid at your college.

How will I get my scholarship check?
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If you qualify for a scholarship award, the scholarship check is sent directly to your college. The scholarship award is first applied to the amount due on your college account (for tuition, fees, etc.). If there is an amount remaining after the scholarship is applied to your tuition or if you did not have an outstanding balance, your college will refund the balance to you. 

Why is the DSF Scholarship not showing up on my financial aid award letter?
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The DSF Scholarship will not appear on your award letter until we have verified that you meet all requirements and DSF has sent your scholarship check to your college.

Before DSF can process your scholarship award, we must verify the following information:

  • Did you complete your financial aid requirements or, if you are ineligible for Federal Student Aid, confirm lawful presence, apply for institutional financial aid, and ASSET, if applicable, by July 15, 2014 for the fall term or November 1, 2014 for the winter/spring term?
  • What is your enrollment level (are enrolled full-time)?
  • Is your EFC within our qualifying range (0 – 10,314) if you are eligible for Federal Student Aid? Or did you apply and qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch during high school, if you are ineligible for Federal Student Aid?
  • Did you meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements at your college?
  • Did you meet the Student Success Requirement (SSR) at your college? 

NOTE:  If you transfer colleges, you must meet all the requirements above as well as:

  • Complete the College Choice Form (CCF) in the DSF Portal by July 15, 2014 for the fall term or November 1, 2014 for the winter/spring term. 

What happens to my scholarship if I add or drop classes?
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You should notify both DSF and the Office of Financial Aid at your college when your enrollment level changes.  

  • If your enrollment level decreases or if you completely withdraw from classes, the college will return funds to DSF in accordance with their institutional award and refund policy. You may be required to re-pay these funds to the college. DSF’s Refund Policy is based on the refund policy each college has in place. If you have questions about your school’s refund policy, contact the Office of Financial Aid at your college.

If I transfer, will the DSF Scholarship transfer to my new college?
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The DSF Scholarship will be valid if you transfer to a DSF Partner College. If you transfer colleges, you must complete the College Choice Form (CCF) in the DSF Portal by the following deadlines:

  • July 15, 2014 deadline for the Fall 2014 Term – If you decide to attend a different college or you will be transferring for the fall term you must submit a revised CCF by July 15, 2014.  Your financial aid requirements at your new or transfer school must also be complete by July 15.
  • November 1, 2014 deadline for the Winter/Spring 2015 Term –If you decide to attend a different college or you will be transferring for the winter or spring term you must submit a new CCF by November 1, 2014. Your financial aid requirements at your transfer school must also be complete by December 15, 2014.

For important transfer information, click here