Denver Students’ College Dreams Realized

The Denver Education First group recently awarded a total of $10,000 to local high school students. The two scholars selected are determined, bright beacons of hope for their community. Their collegiate aspirations are being supported entirely by selfless donations from local individuals and businesses. Read more below about their incredible stories and how you can support students just like them in the Denver area.

Melissa Perez Luna- Jefferson Senior High School – $5,000

Melissa is determined to not let her DACA status define her. Strong-willed and unwavering, she does everything she can to put her family first. Her inspiration comes through her care for her little brother who was born with a genetic disorder. His courage and optimism fuel her determination and inspire her to work hard. Melissa plans to study in the medical field, focusing on mental diseases and disorders. Her goal is to help her family and community.

Cesar Galindo Gomez- North Senior High School – $5,000

Cesar is an intuitive, adaptable, and passionate young man. Growing up in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Cesar became aware of the strong need for environmental care and awareness. Moving to Colorado, Cesar has struggled with homelessness as a McKinney-Vento resident.  Through his experiences and hardships, Cesar recognizes the importance of a college education and is determined to study ecosystem sustainability. His goal is to represent his Latino culture proudly and educate communities on the importance of sustainable living.

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