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Denver Scholarship Foundation

Denver, CO, USA
51-200 employees
Annual Budget : 
Populations Served: 
All Populations
About Us

Our mission is to inspire and empower Denver Public School students to enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions of higher education, by providing the tools, knowledge and financial resources essential for success. Our core values guide our work. DSF is dedicated to learning and innovation, as we constantly seek to improve our services. By doing so, we seek to demonstrate leadership within the community.


The Denver Scholarship Foundation makes college possible for thousands of Denver Public Schools’ graduates each year. 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 college possible for Denver’s students.

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

  1. College Access - 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
  2. Scholarships –We award need-based scholarships that can be used over four years to DPS graduates attending a community college, university, or technical college in Colorado.To date, we have awarded $43.4 million in scholarships to 7,513 Scholars.
  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
Awards & Accolades: 
Top Workplace 2019 & 2020
Why Work For Us?: 

We are looking for passionate, driven individuals who desire to excel within an evolving organization. In 2019 and 2020, DSF was named one of the Denver Post’s Top Workplaces, a testament to our team and to our intentionality in co-creating a positive, inclusive work environment and culture. When you join the DSF team, you will enjoy a supportive, dynamic, and innovative environment where your work has an impact. As an organization, DSF strives to be a leader in the community by embodying the values of equity, innovation, leadership, learning, relationships, and integrity in everything we do.