The DSF Scholarship Application for the 2016-17 school year is now open. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM Mountain Time, April 1, 2016. Visit portal.denverscholarship.org to apply.
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.
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:
Applicants for the DSF Scholarship who are eligible for federal student aid will demonstrate financial need by submitting the FAFSA and completing their college's financial aid process. Once the college informs DSF of the student's final EFC (Expected Family Contribution), DSF will determine whether the student meets DSF's financial need requirement. New Applicants for the 2016-17 academic year must have a final EFC of 7,851 or less to qualify for DSF. Please note that the initial EFC that is provided in the FAFSA confirmation may change when the college completes its financial aid process.
Applicants for the DSF Scholarship who are not eligible for federal student aid (including DACA students) will demonstrate financial need by qualifying for free and reduced-price meal benefits at some point during their time in high school. In order for DSF to verify that an applicant qualified for free/reduced-price meal benefits, applicants must agree for DPS to provide the information to DSF. Applicants do this by signing a release of information as part of the online DSF application.
The DSF Scholarship Application for the 2016-17 academic year is now open. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM Mountain Time, April 1, 2016. Visit portal.denverscholarship.org or click the button below to apply.
To be considered for a DSF Scholarship, students must meet our initial Eligibility Requirements (listed above in the Eligibility Section) and complete our application process detailed in one of the following checklists. Click Here for the list of steps you must complete.
New Applicants must complete additional steps in the application process. Be sure to follow the checklist that is appropriate for you.
Follow the Checklist for New Applicants if you:
If you need to update the college you indicated on your DSF Scholarship Application for the 2016-17 school year, visit portal.denverscholarship.org and submit a College Choice Form.
The deadline to update your final college selection for the 2016-17 academic year is July 15, 2016.If you have questions about this requirement, please contact DSF at www.denverscholarship.org/contactus.
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 which degree program type(s) you are eligible to receive the DSF Scholarship.
Scholars who graduated high school with a 2.75 or higher GPA may receive the scholarship for enrollment in a certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s degree program at any partner college.
Scholars who graduated high school with a GPA between a 2.0 and a 2.749, please see below for more information:
If you graduated from high school with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.749 and have met the other DSF Scholarship requirements, you are required to enroll in a certificate program at one of our partner technical or community colleges.
To be considered for a scholarship award, you must:
Financial Aid and Certificate Programs
Be aware that some certificate programs DO NOT qualify for financial aid because they do not require sufficient credit hours. Often, certificates that are completed with fewer than 16 credit hours do not qualify for financial aid. Contact your college's financial aid office to determine whether the certificate program you're considering is eligible for financial aid.
Declaring Your Certificate ProgramTo see a list of certificate programs and information about declaring your certificate program for each college, please use the links below.
If you graduated from high school with a GPA between a 2.0 and 2.749 and you choose to enroll in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program at a partner college, you will not receive the DSF scholarship.
You may qualify for the DSF Scholarship for the next school year if you:
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).
If you are unable to enroll full-time (but at least half-time) at any point during the 2016-17 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.
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 less than full-time. You must continue to meet all other DSF Scholarship requirements to be considered for an award when you increase to full-time enrollment.
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, complete and submit the following forms and documents.
As part of your application for the DSF Scholarship (as a New Applicant), you will sign an authorization form for DSF to receive information from DPS about your free & reduced meal benefits. This information allows students who do not qualify for federal student aid to demonstrate financial need in order to qualify for the DSF Scholarship.
Instructions for Confirming Lawful Presence:
Proof of your lawful presence must be submitted to DSF no later than July 15, 2016. You must submit valid proof each year, even if you submitted it in a previous year.
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.
If your contact information has changed (email address, mailing address, or phone number), visit the DSF Student Portal (portal.denverscholarship.org or click the button below) to update your contact information.
For members of the 2015 and 2016 Cohorts, 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 Finalist and part of a DSF Cohort. For example: New Applicants who become Finalists in 2016 become members of the 2016 Cohort. The 2016 Cohort’s years of eligibility are the 2016-17 school year through the 2019-2020 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.
For the 2015 & 2016 Cohorts:
|College Type||Cohort |
|4-Year College/ University||$||$||$||$|
|Community College||$||$||No Award||No Award|
|Technical College||$||No Award||No Award||No Award|
|Not Enrolled/ Did Not Renew||No Award||No Award||No Award||No Award|
If you choose NOT to enroll (i.e., stop out) for one or more academic terms after becoming a DSF Finalist, the time taken off from college will be deducted from your remaining years of 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 Scholar 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.
Below is the guide to the award process for your DSF scholarship.
All scholarship requirements and deadlines must be met to be considered for a scholarship payment each term. Scholarship awards depend on the college you attend. For the list of eligible colleges and information about DSF Partner Colleges, visit www.denverscholarship.org/colleges.
The amount of your scholarship award also depends on:
The 2016-17 scholarship amounts shown in the tables below are annual flat rates for students who enroll full-time for the entire academic year (August–May or September–June).
|2015 & 2016 Cohort Scholars|
who are eligible to receive Federal Student Aid
|College Type||DSF Partner College:|
0 -> Pell
|DSF Partner College:|
Pell -> 1.5xPell
|2015 & 2016 Cohort Scholars |
who are ineligible for Federal Student Aid & lawfully present in the United States (DACA)
|College Type||DSF Partner College:|
*If you are eligible to receive Federal Student Aid, your EFC must be no more than 1.5 times (0-7,851) the maximum qualifying EFC (0-5,234) 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 (including DACA students) is based on qualification for Free/Reduced Price meal benefits during high school.
DSF strives to process scholarship awards within the first two weeks of the term.
However, DSF must first confirm that you have:
NOTE: If you transfer colleges, you must meet all the requirements above as well as:
Complete the Mid-Academic Year Transfer Form (see link below) with the Campus Contacts at both colleges and submit to DSF no later than February 1 for the winter/spring term.
Scholarship awards cannot be processed until we confirm all requirements are met, so DSF Scholarship awards may not be received before tuition or other educational expenses are due. We encourage you to discuss payment plan options with the Office of Financial Aid at your college.
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.
The DSF Scholarship will not appear on your award letter until we have verified you meet all deadlines and requirements and after DSF has sent your scholarship check to your college.
Click on "When will my DSF Scholarship payment be sent to my college?" above to see what requirements we must confirm with your college before an award is processed.
You should notify both DSF and the Office of Financial Aid at your college when your enrollment level changes.
DSF Scholars who are awarded a DSF Scholarship during the Fall 2016 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, 2017 and the following conditions are met:
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.