APPLY FOR DSF SCHOLARSHIP


Denver Scholarship Foundation Scholarship

The DSF Scholarship Application for the 2015-16 school year is now closed. Applications are no longer being accepted.


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 four years depending on the type of college you attend. 

Click here for our list of partner colleges.



Eligibility

To receive a DSF Scholarship you must meet the following requirements and complete the application process within one year of your graduation from high school:

  • 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.



How to Apply


The DSF Scholarship Application for the 2015-16 school year is now closed. Applications are no longer being accepted.  Click on the DSF Student Portal button below to login to the DSF student portal to read your DSF notifications, update your contact information or your college selection, if needed.


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. 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 2015
  2. Graduated from high school in 2014, 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 www.denverscholarship.org/contactus or contact your Future Center Advisor.


College Choice Form

If you need to update the college you indicated on your DSF Scholarship Application for the 2015-16 school year, visit portal.denverscholarship.org and submit a College Choice Form. The CCF will be available to update as needed until July 15th for the 2015-16 academic year. 




High School GPA Requirement

You must have at least a 2.0 high school GPA to be eligible for the DSF Scholarship.  However, your high school GPA will determine for which degree program type(s) you are eligible to receive the DSF Scholarship.  Click on your high school GPA range below for important information.


2.0 - 2.749 High School GPA:
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You may receive the DSF Scholarship only if you enroll in a certificate program at a partner technical or community college. When you complete a certificate program you will be eligible to continue receiving the scholarship in an associates or bachelor’s degree program within your years of eligibility as long as all other scholarship requirements are met.  


If you will be attending a technical or community college and enrolling in a certificate program, CLICK HERE to apply for the 2015-16 DSF Scholarship application.


If you have a high school GPA between a 2.0 and 2.74 and enroll in an associates or bachelor’s degree program at a partner college you will not be eligible to receive the DSF scholarship in your first year and should not apply for the DSF Scholarship because you will lose one of your four years of eligibility for the DSF Scholarship.  You may qualify for the DSF Scholarship by applying for the DSF Scholarship following your one year window and submit a college transcript(s) of your first year in college to DSF demonstrating that you:

  • Were enrolled at a DSF partner college every semester (fall/spring)/quarter (fall, winter, spring);
  • Maintained at least a 2.0 college GPA every semester (fall/spring)/quarter (fall, winter, spring);
  • Enrolled full time every semester (fall/spring) or quarter (fall, winter, spring), depending on which type of calendar your college uses; and
  • Completed all developmental education requirements.


If you have completed the requirements indicated above while in high school, you may be considered for a scholarship award immediately following your high school graduation if you apply for the DSF Scholarship, CLICK HERE, submit the High School GPA Waiver form which can be downloaded below and meet all other requirements.



2.75 or Higher High School GPA
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You may receive the scholarship for enrollment in a certificate, associates, or bachelor’s degree program at any partner college. 


Full-Time Enrollment Requirement

DSF Scholars must enroll full-time time (at least 12 credit hours per semester or quarter) to be considered for a DSF Scholarship award.  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 (but at least half-time).


Exceptions:
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If you are unable to enroll full-time (but at least half-time) at any point during the 2015-16 academic year, you may obtain approval if you meet the requirements for one of our limited exceptions:  

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 four 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 at any point during the 2015-16 academic year, you must submit a complete Part-Time Enrollment Pre-Approval Form to DSF no later than July 15 for the 2015-16 academic year.  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
  • Upload and submit the signed form to DSF by July 15 for the 2015-16 academic year at www.denverscholarship.org/contactus


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 apply for the DSF Scholarship and 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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  1. Submit a signed Information Release Form to DSF. 

By July 15 for the 2015-16 academic year, you must:
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  1. Submit a signed 2015-16 Affirmation of Lawful Presence Form, see below.
  2. Submit a copy of one of the following forms of acceptable documentation for proving your lawful presence in the United States. 
      • Photocopy of the front and back of a valid Employment Authorization Document.
      • Photocopy of Form I-797 Approval Notice or Form I-821D (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) showing that it is currently valid.
      • 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 ).
  3. In order to be considered for institutional financial aid and qualify for in-state tuition under ASSET, if applicable, you may be required to complete all financial aid requirements (i.e. have a complete financial aid file) as defined by the Office of Financial Aid at your college.

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.

Visit www.denverscholarship.org/contactus to upload and submit your documents. 



FAQs
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Contact Update

If your contact information has changed (email address, mailing address, or phone number), visit the DSF Portal and update your contact information. 


If you have not and will not be completing a 2015-16 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 four 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 2015 are members of the DSF 2015 Cohort. The 2015 Cohort’s first school year of eligibility is the 2015-16 school year. These students may continue to renew the DSF Scholarship through the 2018-19 school year.

Within your four-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 four years of the eligibility period.
  • Community College: Students enrolled in a community college or junior college are eligible for scholarship consideration during the first two years of the eligibility period.
  • Technical College: Students enrolled in a technical college are eligible for scholarship consideration during the first year 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
$$
$
$
No Award
Community College
$
$
No Award
No AwardNo Award
Technical College
$
No Award
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 as long as you become a DSF Recipient by December 31st of the calendar year immediately following the year you graduate from high school. However, you must meet all DSF application deadlines and scholarship requirements to receive a payment.


Scholarship Policy

Click HERE to view the DSF 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. 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 2015-16 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).  

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 no more than 1.5 times the maximum qualifying EFC for the Federal Pell Grant 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.

2015 Cohort Scholars
who are eligible to receive Federal Student Aid


College TypeDSF Partner College:
EFC
0 -> Pell
DSF Partner College:
EFC
Pell -> 1.5xPell
4-year College/University$2,800$3,400
Community College$1,400$1,700
Technical College$1,100$1,400

2015 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 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, 2015 for the academic year; 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:

If you qualify for a scholarship award, your scholarship will be sent directly to your college and an award notification will be sent to your DSF Student Portal.  If you do not meet all of the requirements, DSF will also notify you through the DSF Student Portal. 

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:

  • You are enrolled in an eligible degree program based on your high school GPA.
  • 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, 2015 for the 2015-16 academic year?
  • What is your enrollment level (are enrolled full-time)?
  • Is your EFC within our qualifying range 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:

  • Submit a College Choice Form (CCF) by logging into your DSF Student Portal at portal.denverscholarship.org no later than July 15, 2015 for the 2015-16 academic year. 

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 during the academic year, will the DSF Scholarship transfer to my new college?
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DSF Scholars who are awarded a DSF Scholarship during the Fall 2015 term may be considered for a Winter/Spring award at a different DSF partner college if they transfer and submit the Mid-Academic Year Transfer Form to DSF by February 1, 2016 and the following conditions are met:

  • Were enrolled full-time and received a DSF Scholarship award in the Fall term;
  • Maintained SAP for the Fall term;
  • Completed Fall SSRs; and
  • Completed your financial aid file at your new institution by February 1; and 
  • Require a transfer to stay on track for your degree pathway:
    • You graduated with a certificate or Associate degree in the Fall or Winter term and are transferring to a different DSF partner college to start a new degree program in the Winter Spring term; or
    • You have completed all basic requirements at your current institution and must transfer to a different DSF partner college to complete your degree program (i.e. completed all course requirements at a 2-year institution and transferring to a 4-year institution to stay on track for a Bachelor's degree). 

The Mid-Academic Year Transfer Form requires the signatures of the Campus Contacts from both your Fall/Winter college and your new college certifying that your transfer is required to stay on track for your degree pathway.