In this video, we meet Xochitl Ramirez Amaro, a former student of the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF). The video highlights Xochitl’s journey through higher education and how DSF played a crucial role in making her dream of attending college a reality.

Xochitl’s Journey with DSF

Xochitl began her journey with DSF at the Future Center at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College, where she received support from her DSF College Advisor. The resources and support provided by DSF helped Xochitl attend Colorado State University and complete her college education.

After college, Xochitl continued to be involved with DSF and eventually became a Campus Advisor at Auraria, where she guides current DSF Scholars through the different pathways of attaining a college degree. Xochitl sees her role as a full circle progression and a way to give back to the organization that helped her achieve her dreams.

Overcoming Financial Barriers

Xochitl’s journey to college was not without its challenges. During her senior year of high school, her father passed away, and financial barriers threatened to derail her college plans. However, with the help of DSF, Xochitl was able to receive a Denver Scholarship Foundation scholarship and an additional scholarship from Colorado State University. DSF also provided her with the financial literacy skills she needed to advocate for herself and navigate the financial aspects of college.

DSF’s Mission

One of DSF’s core missions is to increase access and completion of post-high school learning for Denver Public Schools (DPS) high school students, families, and partners statewide. DSF collaborates with these groups to build the educational and economic future of Denver and expand generational exposure to career and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Impact and Future Possibilities

Xochitl’s story is a testament to the power of organizations like DSF in breaking down barriers and making higher education accessible to all. Xochitl believes that there are many talented, willing, and capable individuals out there who simply lack the access and resources they need to pursue their dreams. With the help of organizations like DSF, the possibilities for these individuals are endless, and the impact of supporting them can go far beyond what we can see right now.


Xochitl Ramirez Amaro’s story is inspiring and serves as a testament to the power of the Denver Scholarship Foundation. Through the support of DSF, Xochitl was able to attend college, overcome financial barriers, and become a Campus Advisor to help other students achieve their dreams. DSF’s mission to increase access and completion of post-high school learning is creating a brighter future for Denver and expanding opportunities for all.

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