What We Do

The Denver Scholarship Foundation is making college possible for thousands of students in our community.

College. It's Possible.

For many students in Denver, continuing their education beyond high school doesn't seem like a viable option. Most often, it's not low grades or lack of extracurricular activities keeping them from pursuing their dreams. There are thousands of intelligent, hard-working individuals facing the most intimidating barrier to college of all -- they think it just isn't possible.

But the Denver Scholarship Foundation is changing that. We're making a postsecondary degree possible for Denver's students.

How We Do It

Our unique, three-part program for college success has been nationally recognized for its effectiveness.

1. Future Centers

We work proactively with all DPS seniors at our Future Centers located inside DPS high schools.  Each Future Center is staffed by a full-time DSF College Advisor who guides students through the college application and financial aid processes. 

Together with our partners and DPS, we reach about 14,000 students and their families each year.

2. Scholarships

We award need-based scholarships that can be as much as $13,600 over four years to DPS graduates attending college or technical school in Colorado. 

To date, we have awarded $25 million in scholarships to nearly 4,600 students.

3. College Success

We partner directly with colleges to provide our scholarship recipients with extra financial aid and ongoing support to help them succeed and ultimately graduate.  

For every $1 awarded by DSF to our scholarship recipients, our partner colleges award an average of $2 in additional financial aid.  They also provide critical support services, such as mentors, special seminars and tutors to help our scholars succeed.

These strategies are working well for our mostly first-generation scholars – since 2010, 78 percent of all DSF Scholars have graduated or continue to succeed in their program.

A National Model for College Success

"DSF has thoughtfully designed a strategy that strengthens the network of support for students. We believe this approach has the potential to inform other partnerships between nonprofits and higher education institutions, and that it will ultimately result in higher levels of educational attainment – especially for students from low-income backgrounds.”

–Jacob Fraire, Vice President for Student and Institutional Success, TG

Click below for more information about how DSF is using its scholarship as leverage with students, partners and colleges to ensure student success.

College Access Partners

The cornerstone of our college access program is our partnership with Denver Public Schools.  Not only does the district provide us with a permanent classroom for each of our Future Centers, it invests financially in our program.

In addition, we collaborate with other organizations to share resources, coordinate programming and ensure students success.  Our college access partners include:



College Success Partners

Our College Partners ensure that DSF Scholars receive additional financial, academic and social support to help them succeed on campus and graduate. 

Technical Colleges

  • Emily Griffith Technical College
  • Pickens Technical College

Community Colleges

  • Arapahoe Community College
  • Colorado Mountain College
  • Colorado Northwestern Community College
  • Community College of Aurora
  • Community College of Denver
  • Front Range Community College
  • Lamar Community College
  • Northeastern Junior College
  • Otero Junior College
  • Pikes Peak Community College
  • Red Rocks Community College

Four-Year Colleges/Universities

  • Adams State University
  • Colorado Christian University
  • Colorado College
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Colorado State University
  • Colorado State University-Global
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo
  • Colorado Women's College
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Johnson & Wales University 
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Naropa University
  • Regis University
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Denver
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Western State Colorado University