DENVER SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION

Denver, CO   |  www.denverscholarship.org

Mission

The Denver Scholarship Foundation inspires and empowers Denver Public Schools' students to enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions of higher education, by providing the tools, knowledge, and financial resources essential for success.

Ruling year info

2007

Chief Executive Officer

Lorii Rabinowitz

Main address

789 Sherman St. Suite 610

Denver, CO 80203 USA

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EIN

20-5143175

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Economic Development (S30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) was founded in 2006 to address the wide recognition that Denver Public Schools’ students face multiple barriers to enrolling into postsecondary education and completing a degree. DSF programming addresses the most common barriers to postsecondary education experienced by the students it serves: 1) the rising cost of postsecondary education and ability to pay for it; 2) lack of understanding about the postsecondary admission and financial aid processes, and; 3) lack of guidance and support to navigate the college processes from application to degree completion. DSF’s unique approach to addressing and removing these common barriers includes college advising, scholarships, and support services beginning in high school and extending through college completion.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

College Access

Denver Scholarship Foundation's (DSF) work starts in the DSF Future Centers, located in Denver Public Schools (DPS) high schools, and staffed by DSF College Advisors. DSF College Advisors provide a detailed roadmap to college for high school students by supporting them through every step of the process. DSF College Advisors provide support with applying to certificate, two-year, and four-year programs; offer assistance securing scholarships and financial aid; and connect students with on-campus college resources. 88% of DSF Scholars are first generation college students, as they are the first in their families to go to college. DSF operates 14 Future Centers serving 21 DPS high schools. DSF College Advisors worked proactively with 3,249 seniors and their families in 2018-19.

Population(s) Served
Students

DSF provides need-based, renewable scholarships for up to four years to qualifying DPS graduates. Every year, DSF provides over 1,800 scholarships to esteemed and determined scholars across Denver. Since DSF started providing scholarships in the fall of 2007, we have awarded $43.4 million in scholarships. With the help of the DSF Scholarship, 7,020 DPS graduates have pursued a college education. Our scholarship is known as a promise scholarship. This means all students who meet the following requirements are eligible: must have attended a DPS high school for four years leading up to graduation; must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0; must demonstrate financial need after completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or alternate demonstration of need as defined by the current DSF Scholarship Policy; and must enroll in full time classes at any one of DSF's 31 partner community colleges, universities, and technical colleges.

Population(s) Served
Students

DSF's College Success program provides ongoing support for Scholars throughout their college career. Since 2013, 80% of DSF Scholars have graduated or continue to succeed in college. On average, each year our scholars receive $2 in additional financial aid from our college partners for every $1 they receive from DSF. It takes more than just financial aid. DSF's College Partners guarantee our Scholars additional academic and financial support on campus by providing additional grants and scholarships. College Partners connect Scholars with special programs and services such as mentoring, tutoring, workshops, and other programs to help them succeed and graduate. On the Auraria Campus, DSF Campus Advisors provide wraparound services including college advising, academic guidance, and financial aid assistance.

Population(s) Served
Students

Where we work

Awards

Outstanding Educator 2009

Stanford Univesity

Angel Award 2009

East High School

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

DSF’s overarching goal is to support DPS students to and through college graduation, and as an organization, is committed to closing long-standing educational and economic achievement gaps through its core programs – College Access, Scholarships, and College Success. Our organization goals focus on college enrollment, college persistence and graduation, and ultimately, meaningful employment.

College Access
DSF serves 21 DPS schools through its 14 Future Centers (on-site, physical hubs) and satellite program advising. DSF Future Center College Advisors serve as the main point-of-contact for DPS students, guiding them through planning, applying, enrolling, and paying for college.

Scholarships
Scholars who meet DSF criteria will be awarded scholarships to attend one of DSF’s 31 Partner Colleges in Colorado. Scholarships are promise-based, meaning every DPS student who meets the criteria receives the scholarship and support services. For every $1 award to DSF Scholars, our College Partners award an average of $2 in additional aid, which DSF negotiates.

College Success
DSF offers critical wraparound services to its Scholars attending one of DSF’s 31 Partner Colleges. College Success ensures that students receive additional financial aid, academic, and social support, ensuring scholarship investments translate to Scholars graduating and securing meaningful employment.

DSF strives to lead the charge of working with community partners to build Denver’s future by investing in our students, driving leadership, and championing economic vitality for residents far and wide. The organization has been recognized, locally and nationally, for its comprehensive approach to student success. Our unique partnership with DPS, both at the district level and at individual schools, ensures no student is overlooked. Our DSF advisors work in partnership with counselors, teachers, and administrators in providing College Access services to students, resulting in a higher rate of college enrollment at Future Center schools in DPS.

Our relationships with 31 Partner Colleges in Colorado, including universities, technical and community colleges is also significant to the success of DSF and our scholars. Our college partners work with DSF to provide financial, academic, and social support to help DSF Scholars navigate their college roadmaps towards graduation and employment.

DSF has awarded $38 million in scholarships since its inception, changing the life trajectory for more than 6,300 DSF Scholars. Last year, DSF offered College Access services to over 9,700 students and families, and provided direct support to 2,827 high school seniors (54% of all DPS seniors). DPS high schools with an on-site Future Center currently send 60% of graduating seniors to college, compared to only 43% at schools without a Future Center.

Additionally, 78% of DSF Scholars have graduated or continue to succeed in their postsecondary education – nearly 2.5 times the national average for the student population DSF serves.

The current emphasis on a postsecondary degree or certificate required for self-sustaining employment, along with DSF’s College Access services in DPS high schools, is resulting in greater numbers of students enrolling in college each year. This offers tremendous opportunities for program expansion and new strategies for fundraising and partnerships.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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DENVER SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bob Deibel

OfficeScapes Group

Term: 2018 -

Thomas Wattles

Treasurer; Private Investor & Public Company Director

John Elofson

Secretary; Partner, Davis, Graham & Stubbs LLP

Steven Abelman

Shareholder, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck

Jeff Allen

Chief Executive Officer, Nodin

Seth Belzley

Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

Dr. Tom Brady

Executive Director of the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities, UC Denver Business School

Jonathan Coleman

Portfolio Manager, Janus Henderson

Luis Colón

Partner, Essencialize LLC

Dr. Robert Coombe

Chancellor Emeritus, University of Denver

Bob Deibel

President & Owner, OfficeScapes

Barry Dorfman

President, Rocky Mountain Region, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc.

Mark Fallon

Chairman & CEO at APTIM

Cathey Finlon

Retired CEO and Chair, McClain Finlon

Jayne Ford

Chief People Officer, Green Peak Partners

John Hanley

Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Katie MacWilliams

Community Volunteer

R. Nycum, Jr.

Retired Vice Chairman, J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Martin Pocs

Vice Chairman, DHR International

Rich Schierburg

Owner, Peregrine group Development

Michael Starzer

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Fifth Creek Energy Company; Director, HighPoint Resources Corporation

Martha Wofford

Group Vice President, DaVita, Inc.

Linda Bowman

Past Chair; Vice Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor, University of Denver

Luella Chavez D'Angelo

Community Volunteer

Andy Boian

Founder & CEO, Dovetail Solutions

John Ikard

Retired CEO, FirstBank Holding Company

Irma Lockridge

Chief People & Systems Officer, CoorsTek

Mike Pardun

Chief Executive Officer, Standard Alcohol, Inc.

Anne Trujillo

Evening News Anchor & Multimedia Journalist, Denver7 News

Gregg Kvistad

Provost Emeritus & Professor, University of Denver

Shannon Connery

Psychologist, PhD

Albus Brooks

Vice President of Strategy & Business Development, Milender White

Jennifer Cmil

Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Newmont