Senior Bulletin

Feburary 8th 2021

Hello Class of 2021 and Families,

Happy Monday! First week of Hybrid learning is down in the books. It is definitely not what we are all used to but  we still found a way to make it work. I have some data to share last week we had 248 acceptances and this week have 265!  These numbers continue to grow and grow  which is super exciting. Please students update your Overgrad with admission decisions.  

Below you find more scholarship opportunities , so please take advantage of them!

As always if there are any questions you have please reach out to your college counselor! Have a great week!


Your College Success team,

Allison Serina- Director of college Success

Sara Sonnenblick-Manager of College Success 

Maty Ndiaye-Coordinator of College Success

Julie Lacey-Lang-Civics/Senior project Coordinator

Civics/Senior Project

This week in Civics/Senior Project:

Students are narrowing down and getting feedback on their essential questions that drive the whole vision of their senior project.



Senior Seminar

This Week in Senior Seminar

Seniors will fill out a survey telling us what they would like to get out of senior seminar. Seniors will also have more time to look and apply for more scholarships.

February  Checklist

  • FAFSA 

  • Update Admission Decisions 

  • College Application clean up

  • Apply to at least 1 Scholarship

College Admission

Keep Applying for Scholarships!

This great list was put together by the DSST network and contains many amazing scholarships!  Find scholarships that are a match for you!

Look at your college’s scholarships by searching “scholarships” on the website!

Denver Scholarship Fund

DSF will be hosting a series of exciting virtual career exposure events for YOUR STUDENTS!  We will be talking to industry professionals about what sparked their career interest and their educational career path. Students will have the space to ask questions they have been eager to learn about. All Virtual Insight Panels will be from 12:15 – 1:00pm. Please connect with Joe Camacho at to learn more!

February 4 | Construction | RSVP Link

February 18 | Technology | RSVP Link

March 4 | Agriculture | RSVP Link

March 18 | Graphic Design | RSVP Link

April 8 | Financial Services | RSVP Link


Women in Law Day (WiLD)

Where? Zoom (link to be provided at a later date)

When? April 3, 2021, 10am - 2pm

Who? Open to all. The programming is tailored to high schoolers and undergraduate college students who want to learn more about a legal career. Parents and educators are welcome to join. 

What? Women in Law Day is free!. The schedule includes a mock first-year law class (no prior knowledge needed), panel sessions with local practicing women attorneys, a keynote speaker, and opportunities to hear from current law students and meet women attorneys.


Can you share this invitation with your students? We would love to see them at this year’s event!


Save a spot today! RSVP HERE

Degrees of Freedom

Democracy Prep has launched a new program called Degrees of Freedom. Degrees of Freedom is a “new kind of college experience that is affordable, flexible, and inclusive.” It’s offered through two programs-within-programs, a gap year program and a 2+2 program, and is designed by Democracy Prep alums!

The program has a greater emphasis on identity and traditional college—although the gap year programs creates space and exploration in the career and traditional college space. The minimum 2.5 GPA requirement for the gap year program is flexible, but the minimum 2.75 GPA for the 2+2 program is much less so.

The app for both the gap year (Freedom Year) and the 2+2 program (Liberation Launch) is live. They are hosting a virtual information session on 2/26.

More information about the program is attached, and we’ll talk more about it tomorrow, but I did not want to withhold any info!


-          Website:

-          Student recruitment manager contact info… Kyle Wise:

All seniors who identify as Black are eligible to apply to the Sachs Foundation Scholarship!


Sachs Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

In order to apply for a Sachs Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship, applicants must fit the following, qualifying criteria:

  • A Black high school student in their senior year

  • A full-time Colorado resident for a minimum of three years.

As part of your application, you will be asked to submit the following, required materials:

  • Your full high school transcript

  • Two letters of recommendation from persons not related to you

  • A one page personal statement (350-500 words) and an additional essay response

  • Your Student Aid Report (SAR).  You can obtain your SAR by filling out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you haven't already done so, at

  • An additional educational, artistic, or professional file personal to you (optional)

Completed applications, with all materials, must be received by the Sachs Foundation by March 15th.



Important College Admission Dates

A lot of schools have regular decision deadlines in January and February. Check Overgrad to see your college deadlines! If you want to add to your list, here is also a website to search for schools by state, by SAT score range, by GPA, etc.

  • February: Regular Decision Deadlines

  • February 1st: First day back on campus

  • March/April: Hearing back from colleges

  • May 1st: College Choice Day


Check out this website with over 7 MILLION Scholarships: 


The Dream.US Scholarship the nation’s largest scholarship for undocumented/DACA students, is now open!  This scholarship, which is funded by private donors, helps by providing DREAMer students up to $33,000 to pursue a bachelor’s degree at MSU Denver ($16,500 to pursue an associate’s degree at Community College of Denver).  They are hosting virtual scholarship application workshops to help answer students’ questions about this amazing opportunity!  Check out the Flyer here. 


Delta Eta Boule Scholarship: This scholarship is for: MALE students w/AFRICAN HERITAGE who are HIGH-ACHEIVING (3.0+ gpa), AMBITIOUS, and LIVE IN METRO DENVER. Apply Here 


EDUCATING CHILDREN OF COLOR Scholarships: Various scholarships for all 11th and 12th graders.

2021 ECOC Annual Theme Scholarship- "Infinite Hope with Deliberate Effort"

Racial Relations Essay Contest: (9-12th graders) The Equal Justice Initiative in partnership with the Colorado Lynching Memorial Project is pleased to announce a scholarship contest open to 9th – 12th grade students attending public high school in Denver County, where prizes totaling at least $5,000 will be awarded to winning participants.Students are asked to examine the history of a topic of racial injustice and to discuss its legacy today.  More Info HERE!

The Grossman Scholarship Program awards $5,000 to Colorado residents who have demonstrated a commitment to caring for our environment’s natural resources and intend to further this commitment through a post-secondary program related to the environment, natural resources, climate, or the outdoor industry. Learn more at and apply by March 31!

Air Force ROTC Scholarship application can be found online at and must be completed for seniors by January 14, 2021. 

Injury Doctor Scholarship:$1,000 (One-time award) for seniors who will attend a 2 year or 4 year college in the fall of 2021. Due June 30, 2021 Apply here:

DriveSafe Driving Schools and CollegeDrive Test Prep and Tutoring, will award a scholarship of $1,500 each to a student who plans to attend college in 2021. To compete for the scholarship, students must complete the application and submit a qualifying entry of either an essay or other creative expression posted on social media.  Deadline: March 1st 

 HACEMOS Scholarship Program -Opens December-HACEMOS has established a scholarship program to assist children of Hispanic origin and children of active HACEMOS members who plan to continue their education in college. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship: For more than 42 years, the Jackie Robinson Foundation has continued Robinson’s commitment to equal opportunity by addressing the achievement gap in higher education. Open to Minority Students. Due: February 1st, 2021


LAEF Scholarship: The Latin American Educational Foundation, LAEF, focuses on providing Hispanic and Latino students access to higher education. In its 71-year history, LAEF has awarded nearly $7,000,000 through 7,000 scholarships. Application due January 17th.


Extensive list of Scholarships from the Denver Scholarship Foundation: Looking for more scholarship resources? Check out the list here for a ton of options.


Sallie Mae Scholarship Search Tool: Register an account with Sallie Mae and keep your scholarship search going


Explore Your Interests and Help Others from Home: Check out this resource for a ton of links to online learning and community service opportunities!

 OUR VOYCE - Project VOYCE: The OUR VOYCE program is designed to prepare students to take the lead as community organizers who are equipped to advocate for equity-focused solutions to social problems. The program is designed to inform, motivate and mobilize residents in a community context and amplify community and youth voice through youth leadership and youth-adult partnerships for power.

Youth On Record: Open Lab: Open lab is a free program for musicians/artists that are interested in producing music, song writing, recording songs, audio engineering and playing musical instruments. Our Youth Media Studio is a safe space for youth to strengthen their creative skills and collaborate with a community of like minded individuals. Our goal is to encourage self liberatory practices through community dialogue, self expression through art, and mentorship.   


NEW: Colorado Legislature: Are you interested in doing an internship with a state legislator? The Colorado Legislature makes laws for the state of Colorado and is looking for interested students to help elected officials in the legislative session beginning in January and ending in May. If you are interested in politics, law, policy, or helping your community you should reach out to to learn more about becoming involved.


NEW: ACE Mentor Program: Architecture Constructing and Engineering is going virtual for the Spring 2021. All Colorado students are welcome to join our virtual weekly sessions. Each session is available three times during the week; choose the one that works best for you.

∙ Tuesdays 5:00-7:00 pm

∙ Wednesday 4:00-6:00 pm

∙ Thursdays 3:30-5:30 pm

This year’s project is a tiny home community. Students will design and engineer the homes and site to create their own community vision. Sessions run from January 19, 2021 through April 2021. See attached flyer and if interested in joining, please email 


NEW: Perry Initiative - Women in Engineering: The Perry Virtual Experience is a free, 2.5-hour, interactive online experience for high school and college-aged women who are interested in pursuing careers in orthopaedics and/or engineering. Participants will hear from women leaders in these fields and dive into online mock orthopaedic surgery simulations and biomechanics experiments. Register Here!

JETS Program with CABPES: The first 50 students, 5-12th grade, to sign-up, can FREE take evening classes in Aerospace Engineering, Bridge Construction, Computer Science, Microcontrollers, Civil Engineering and MORE! 

THE BLUE SKY FUND SCHOLARS and Mentorship Program

The Blue Sky Fund Scholars is beginning its pilot mentorship program and club programing this year at DSST. There are numerous benefits to joining this mentorship program. Not only will you be paired up with a senior mentor through this mentorship program will help to prepare you for the Blue Sky Fund ACCESS program which you will be able to access as a junior and will provide College resources worth upwards of $4,050. 


·         Seniors this is a great opportunity for you to give back to the community by providing mentorship to our underclassmen! 

·         Seniors- 


PeaceJam: Empower The Mind to Uplift the World:

 We are launching the first PeaceJam Youth Cabinet for the Rocky Mountain Region and are looking for diverse talented young leaders between the ages of 14-26!!  These youth will be part of a powerful cabinet that will be setting the course for PeaceJam in the region with opportunities for true leadership - from forming bylaws to fundraising and spreading programming to youth and launching campaigns to change policy, etc! APPLY HERE!

Bioengineering Empowerment Program (BEEP!)The BioEngineering Empowerment Program (BEEP) provides opportunities and resources for high school students to gain access to engineering, medicine, and other STEM fields with help from the bioengineering program at the CU Denver and Anschutz campuses. Throughout the year, BEEP will provide mentorship, tutoring, activities, events, lab tours, presentations, and other ways for high schoolers to engage with the resources available at the CU campuses. The program is free for any high schooler who wants to join – there is no application process

Join Colorado Young Leaders: Want to make a difference while meeting new people and developing your leadership skills! Register with Colorado Young Leaders for access to a ton of great volunteer opportunities and leadership development opportunities
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