We operate Future Centers in 16 Denver high schools. Each is staffed by a DSF College Advisor who will help you plan and pay for college. Find your Future Center here.
Future Center: Room 220
I am a proud grad of Guilford College in Greensboro, NC where I double majored in Spanish and International Studies with a focus in Latin America. After working for Guilford as their resident coordinator of a study abroad program in Guadalajara, Mexico, I served as their Director of Post-Secondary Support with Big Picture-Philadelphia and was a founding staff member of their alternative pathways school, El Centro De Estudiantes. At Big Picture-Philadelphia all our schools and programs, including El Centro, provided students with extensive support in fostering strong, attainable and productive post-secondary plans as well as creative dual enrollment partnerships with local certification programs and community colleges.
Having spent several years living in and learning about Latin America, and most specifically Mexico, I could not be more excited or feel any luckier than to be working for DSF at Abraham Lincoln High School. Outside of work, I travel around Colorado on my dirt bike, play sports, snowboard as much as possible and stubbornly root for Cleveland sports teams.
303 East 17th Avenue, Suite 200,
Denver, CO 80203
For nine years prior to joining DSF, I was the college counselor, senior advisor, and community outreach coordinator for P.S.1 Charter School in Denver. In addition to counseling juniors and seniors, I worked with alternative schools across DPS to share college counseling resources; and each December our pre-collegiate organization, Urban Partners, hosted a college fair for inner city schools. With an emphasis on “city as a classroom,” I also helped students connect with local businesses and civic organizations for internships and community service projects.
I received my Bachelor’s in French Language and Literature from the University of Virginia, a Diplôme from Institut D’Etudes Europèene for a semester at the Sorbonne in Paris, and a Master’s in Business from the University of Colorado in Boulder. I was a teacher at Kent Denver School and Colorado Academy in the 80s, the Director of Development at Kent Denver School in the 90s. And, in addition to working at P.S.1 from 1998-2007, I have also been a development consultant for Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, and the School Advisory Chair for St. Bernadette School in Lakewood.
As the Future Center Advisor for magnet, alternative, and charter schools, I am delighted to collaborate with and learn from the students, counselors, staff, and parents at each school. I am honored to be a part of the Denver Scholarship Foundation.
Future Center: Room B114
Growing up in a military family, Leticia moved around a lot, but is proud to call Texas home.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from University of the Ozarks in Arkansas, where she played on the women’s soccer team and was a Resident Assistant. Upon graduation, she moved to Colorado and worked at the University of Denver in both the Center for Multicultural Excellence and Housing and Residential Education, while attending graduate school.
After earning her Master of Arts degree in Higher Education-Student Development, Leticia worked as an Academic Advisor at Arapahoe Community College where she advised first generation, low income and ethnically diverse students.
As a first generation college student herself, Leticia is excited to work for the Denver Scholarship Foundation as a College and Financial Aid Advisor, where she can help high school students navigate the college process and in doing so, transform not only the lives of students but their families and communities as well.
In addition to her role at DSF, Leticia is passionate about social justice, specifically issues of educational access and equity. In her leisure time, she enjoys being active and spending time with her family and friends.
Stapleton Future Center: 2nd Floor past the 2nd Floor Commons
Hello. My name is Zachary Montez, and I am a Colorado native that grew up on the Southwest side of Denver. After graduating from West High School, I decided to be the first in my immediate family to go out-of-state for college. I attended and graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Psychology and Pre Professional Studies. I can honestly say that my college experience helped me grow both academically and personally, and helped sculpt my strong beliefs and values in the power of family and hard work. For the past three years, I have helped high school students create their own post-secondary plans. Currently, I am excited to be working with students from the DPS school district. I always knew I would one day be back in the Mile High city, and I am honored to be working with amazing Denver Public School students.
Future Center: Room 223
Our greatest hope is to educate our youth to become lifelong learners that value giving back to their communities. Through instilling this value, we are able to create a more sustainable system of philanthropy and community building.
After graduating from Denver West High School, Angrith attended the University of Denver where he received his BA in Human and Mass Communications and a minor in Leadership. Angrith has been working with high school students for the past 13 years, helping to promote higher education.
As a product of Denver Public Schools, Angrith Na has had many mentors throughout his life that have provided guidance, advice, and advocacy for his educational endeavors. Through his role with the Denver Scholarship Foundation, Angrith embraces the idea of passing on the torch of postsecondary education to the next generation of scholars.
Angrith looks forward to mentoring and guiding students at East High School as they traverse through the college admissions process. He hopes that his perspectives and sense of humor will help to ease students’ stresses and anxieties as they take the next steps towards attending college.
Future Center: Room 128
Michael Jennings served as the Associate Director of Health Promotions for the BACCHUS Network, a non-profit organization that focuses on the health of teens and young adults. Prior to accepting the position with the BACCHUS Network, he served as the Director of Student-Alumni Relations at the University of Denver. While at Texas A&M University, he worked in the admissions and athletic offices in a support role. Michael graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelors of Communications and Masters of Education.
Michael believes in the power of education. He wants to help make a difference in the lives of young people. He takes his time with students seriously and hopes to inspire them to live life to the fullest of their abilities.
Future Center: Room 305
Future Center: Rooms 219 A and B
Future Center: Room 103
Future Center: Room 141
Jasmine first discovered her passion for working with students as an employee for Kaleidoscope Corner, a Denver Public Schools after-school program that offers turing and a safe outlet for students ages 6 to 14. Many of the students came from disadvantaged families similar to her own background.
She attended Colorado State University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Technical Communication. At CSU, she was involved in many student organizations and volunteered with groups like the Key Academic Community.
As a Denver Scholarship Foundation recipient and now an employee of DSF, Jasmine is able to repay the generosity that DSF afforded her by helping other students, thus defining the ultimate act of “paying it forward.” Coming from a low-income and single parent family allows Jasmine to relate to many of the students that she now works with through Talent Search, and her success story allows her to motivate and inspire those same students.
In her free time, Jasmine loves to read, write, listen to music and enjoy the company of her family and friends, but she cherishes all the work she has done for charity.
Future Center: Room 151
TRiO Talent Search Program: Nate Cadena
Future Center: Room 151
Future Center: Room 151
A first generation college student, Melissa attended Metropolitan State College of Denver and graduated with a degree in Behavioral Science. For six years Melissa worked at the most diverse institution in the state, Community College of Denver (CCD), where she worked with students of all ages and backgrounds. While working in the college’s Recruitment and Student Outreach Office, she learned a lot about the college admissions process and had the opportunity to travel to different schools and serve as an ambassador for CCD.
As a College and Financial Aid Advisor, Melissa assists students with the entire college application process. She is excited to work with the Denver Scholarship Foundation because it gives her an opportunity to help students reach their goal and attain their dreams of going to college – something they may not have realized was possible – by providing them with many resources and opportunities.
Melissa is also greatly involved with the non-profit organization CESDA (Colorado Educational Services and Development Association), which helps first generation, low-income and minority students gain access to college. In her spare time, she loves to take her two yellow labs Buddy and Roscoe on hikes and walks. Melissa also loves to travel and visit different countries to meet different people and experience various cultures.
Future Center: Library Atrium
Elizabeth Canada grew up in New Jersey in an area that her father would say, “You know how New Jersey is always shown in movies with oil refineries? We’re from that part.” She attended Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania and received her B.S. in Secondary Education English. She returned to New Jersey for graduate school, where she attended Seton Hall University and received her M.A. in English.
Eager to continue with school, she applied all over the country for M.A. and Ph.D. programs. When she visited the University of Colorado at Boulder, she knew it was where she belonged. She was planning on enrolling in the Linguistics program, but decided a job might be best in order to pay the rent. So she accepted an English teaching position at a Denver charter high school and found that she preferred it to graduate school. She also began teaching at the Community College of Denver in her spare time.
After teaching full-time for five years, she became a College Advisor with the Denver Scholarship Foundation. She feels she has the best of both worlds because she gets to work with students on a daily basis, helping them navigate an oftentimes tricky postsecondary world, but she doesn’t have to grade essays. She also has a newfound respect for her mother, someone who did not graduate from college but acted as Elizabeth’s original College Advisor, because she was the one to drive Elizabeth across state lines to see Bloomsburg, stand in lines, ask questions, make phone calls, and help complete the FAFSA for her when she was in high school. Without her mother, Elizabeth probably would not have made it through college orientation all of those years ago. So now it is Elizabeth’s goal to play the same role for her students at North High School.
Future Center: Room 114
Meredith graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a B.S. in Business. During her undergraduate career, she discovered her passion for higher education while working for both the Vice Chancellor for Student Success and the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance.
After graduation, Meredith worked as an Admissions Counselor in the Office of Student Recruitment and Admissions Counseling at UCCS. During this time, she learned about the Denver Scholarship Foundation and first became involved with the organization as a Future Center volunteer at North High School. Now, Meredith is a College and Financial Aid Advisor for South High School, where first and foremost, she is an advocate and coach for her students. She works with them on navigating the college process, including completing the initial admissions application, applying for financial aid and transitioning from high school to college. To Meredith, the students she works with are motivating and inspiring. One of her favorite things about her job is being able to watch the students transform over their senior year, as they develop confidence and poise by the time they graduate.
DSF is Meredith’s number one passion. She loves being part of an organization where people with similar background and unique specialties come together to brainstorm ideas and share practices about how to better serve Denver’s students and community.
In her spare time, Meredith enjoys running, spending time with the people most important to her and is a huge college basketball fan. She also has a passion for cheerleading. In 2007, she developed and started the UCCS Cheerleading program and coached for 9 years. Currently, she is a Regional/State Cheerleading judge for the state of Colorado.
Future Center: Room 100
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Future Center: Room 114
A Colorado native, I was raised in a small rural town in the Northeastern part of the state. Being a first generation student, I was very lucky to have a supportive family and network of friends who added to my success.
In May 2001, I graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Concentration in Marketing and a Minor in Spanish. Upon graduating, I had a great opportunity to move from the state and explore some different career options. After some time away, I realized what Colorado had to offer so I decided to make the move back “home.”
Over the past two school years, while employed at Colorado State University as an Admissions Counselor, I was the representative for DPS. It was a great opportunity to get to know DPS students, faculty and staff as well as the DSF advisors assigned to those schools. I am very excited to continue my work in higher education as the College and Financial Aid Advisor at Thomas Jefferson High School.
Future Center: Room 222
Future Center: Room 222
Delma Ramos immigrated to the US at 17-years-old, her family settling near Lamar, CO. Barely a decade later, she launched her doctoral coursework this fall at the University of Denver after receiving her master’s degree in the Student Affairs in Higher Education program at Colorado State University (CSU) in 2012. Professionally, Delma has worked in various college success capacities at CSU, including TRiO Student Support Services and the Academic Advancement Center. Delma began her higher ed journey at Lamar Community College (LCC), where she found herself facing the challenges that confront many first generation students in the areas of developmental education and college readiness. Because of those experiences, Delma is very proud of the associate’s degree she earned from LCC. Two years later, in 2009, she graduated magna cum laude with her bachelor’s degree from CSU.
The schools listed below do not have Future Centers but students who graduate from these schools are eligible to apply for the DSF Scholarship and may receive other services. To learn more about how DSF serves these schools, please contact Renae Bruning at 303.996.7586 or email@example.com.
What is TRiO Talent Search?
The Denver Scholarship Foundation’s TRiO Talent Search program inspires and empowers low-income, first generation students in Denver’s Montbello neighborhood to enroll in college. The program serves 9th through 12th grade students, providing them with support and guidance to graduate from high school, enroll in college and secure financial aid and scholarships. The TRiO Talent Search program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
What can the TRiO Talent Search Program do for you?
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The Denver Scholarship Foundation’s TRIO Talent Search program aims to serve 9th through 12th grade students throughout the Montbello Community. We offer services at the following high schools:
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