Future Center

The Denver Scholarship Foundation

  • 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. 
  • The Denver Scholarship Foundation(DSF) operates on a three part model of Access, Scholarship & Success. The DSF Access Team is made up of College Advisors within Denver Public School high schools. College Advisors are focused on COLLEGE ADVISING, FINANCIAL AID & COLLEGE COACHING. 
  • To learn more about the Denver Scholarship Foundation visit www.denverscholarship.org or follow the DSF College Access Team on Instagram
Meet your DSF College Advisor

Chiara Spavieri

Chiara grew up in Pittsburgh PA as a child of academic immigrant parents from Italy and India who highly valued education.  She obtained her B.A. in International Relations at American University in Washington DC.  Throughout her life she is worked with youth, most recently at East High School as a Program Director, and also mentored two students at East who began their freshman year in college in 2021.  Chiara obtained her M.A. in Human Rights and Genocide Studies and has also worked closely with refugees in the US and overseas.  She started working at Manual HS as a DSF advisor and enjoys working in an environment that allows abundant support for students.  She has lived in several different countries and states and feels that travel and exposure to different countries allows for further education. In her spare time she spends time with the senior dogs her and her husband rescue, and is also outdoors as much as time allows running, biking, skiing, rafting, camping, hiking, and anything else! 

Chiara Spavieri, M.A.

College Advisor Manual High School

Pronouns: She, Her

Denver Scholarship Foundation | a 501(c)(3) Public Charity

789 Sherman Street, Suite 610  | Denver, CO 80205
O: 720.423.6356 |  cspavieri@denverscholarship.org  

Postsecondary Planning Requirements (PPRs)


College Application Support

College in Colorado: https://www.mycoloradojourney.com/journey

The Common Application: https://www.commonapp.org/ 

The Common Application Help: https://www.commonapp.org/ready   

The Common Black College Application: https://commonblackcollegeapp.com/ 

The Coalition Application: https://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/ 

Where Do I Belong?/Finding the Right Fit

NACAC College Comparison Worksheet: https://www.nacacfairs.org/globalassets/college-fair–homepage/ncf-documents/learn/collegecomparisonworksheey.pdf 

MAIA Learning College Searching: https://www.maialearning.com/#/ 

Colleges that Change Lives: https://ctcl.org/ 

College Information Database: https://www.collegedata.com/ 

Virtual Campus Tours: https://campustours.com/ 


Start with a Google search for scholarships being specific to colleges, careers and location.  Do not do scholarships that are lottery scholarships, focus on ones that require you to answer questions!

DSF Scholarship List https://denverscholarship.org/students-alumni/scholarship-directory/download-pdfs/#high-school

Financial Aid Tools

FAFSA: https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

Announcement “The FAFSA process will be completely new this year and will be launching Dec 31st 2023.  Ms Chiara will start working with students on FAFSA Jan 8th”

CSS Profile: https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/ 

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE): https://www.wiche.edu/tuition-savings/wue/