MSU Denver

Scholarship Support & Retention Program

We provide scholarship support services which connect students to resources, foster community, and develop leadership for equitable college success, retention, and graduation outcomes.  Students who receive one of the scholarships listed below are assigned a scholarship support advisor who supports them in achieving their goals. Read below regarding Scholarship Support & Retention Program requirements.

Types of Scholarships

Scholarship Support & Retention Program Requirements

Scholarship Support & Retention Program Requirements

Scholars must meet the following requirements each fall and spring semester in order to remain in good standing with their scholarship program and the Scholarship Support & Retention Program:

  • Meet your individual Scholarship Requirements  
  • Complete your Scholar Pathways in Career Link
  1. Individual Meeting: Schedule and attend an individual meeting with a Scholar Support & Retention Program staff member within the first 4 weeks of classes. During your meetings, you will discuss your academic success plan, your scholarship requirements, and work on a plan to meet your individual goals.
  2. Attend a campus event, utilize a campus resource, or volunteer as agreed upon with a Scholar & Retention Program staff during your individual meeting.
  3. Career Engagement: Participate in a Career Engagement event identified in collaboration with your scholarship advisor.
  4. Complete FAFSA/CASFA each year.
  5. General Scholarship Application:  Complete your MSU Denver general scholarship application once a year.
  6. Complete any additional requirements as requested by Scholar Support & Retention program staff

Check the University Event Calendar for campus events/resources and CareerLink for Career Engagement events or activities.

Scholarship Advisors

Scholarship Advisors

Your scholarship advisor will be able to meet with you in person, via email, phone conversation, or Microsoft Teams Meeting.

Anitra Montoya

Anitra Montoya (She/her/hers/ella)

Scholarships served: Denver Scholarship Foundation 

[email protected]; 303-605-7941

To schedule an appointment use: SSC Navigate (coming soon), email, or call. 

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Denisse Villalba (She/her/hers)

Scholarships served: Denver Scholarship Foundation, COSI

[email protected]; 303-605-7593  

To schedule an appointment use SSC Navigate, email, or call. 


Estéfani Peña-Figueroa (She/her/hers/ella)

Scholarships served: Dream.US

To schedule an appointment use Microsoft Bookings 

[email protected]; 303-605-7385  

Gregor Mieder

Gregor Mieder (He/him/his)

Scholarships served: Dream.US

To schedule an appointment use Microsoft Bookings 

[email protected]; 303-605-5390  

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Jasmine Villalobos (She/her/hers/ella)

Scholarships served: Dream.US and DSF Leadership

[email protected]; 303-605-7289  

To schedule an appointment use Microsoft BookingsSSC Navigateemail or call.  

Kaila Russell (She/They)

Scholarships served: Puksta, Bentley, Mapleton, and Robinson 

[email protected]; 303605-7940 

To schedule an appointment use SSC Navigate, email, or call. 

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Kevin McNulty (He/him/his)

Scholarships served: Denver Scholarship Foundation, COSI, Gear Up

[email protected];303-605-7613

To schedule an appointment use SSC Navigate, email, or call.  

Jake Beaudrie (He/him/his)

Senior Scholarship Advisor 

Scholarships served: Reisher, COSI MSS, Boundless Opportunity 

[email protected] 

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Lauren Koppel (She/her/hers)

Scholarships served: Bentley and Mapleton Education Foundation

[email protected]; 303-605-5419  

To schedule an appointment use Microsoft BookingsSSC Navigate, email, or call.  

Liz Taylor

Liz Taylor (She/her/hers)

Scholarships served: Denver Scholarship Foundation and COSI 

[email protected]; 303 605-7858 

To schedule an appointment use SSC Navigate, email, or call. 


Pablo Chavira Nieto (he/him/his)

Scholarships served: Dream.US

To schedule an appointment use Microsoft Bookings

[email protected]; 303-605-7104

Phebe Lessiter (She/her/hers)

Scholarship Advisor 

Scholarships served: Denver Scholarship Foundation and Dream.US 

[email protected] 

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Scott Bergman (He/him/his)

Scholarships served: Reisher, COSI MSS, J&D, Boundless Opportunity; 3036055636 

To schedule an appointment use SSC Navigate, email, or call. 

Scholar Experience

Scholar Experience

Scholarship Support & Retention fosters a community of scholars through leadership activities, scholar events, and professional development. All scholars will be invited to Scholarship Support & Retention wide events ranging from Coffee Chats, to hikes, to informational sessions on different campus programs.


  • DSF Leadership is an opportunity for leadership, social, and emotional support for DSF Scholars at MSU Denver.  Participants utilize campus resources, participate in DSF Leadership Program Workshops & events, and receive peer mentoring.
  • Our Program Mission: “Our mission is to provide students with educational and professional workshops through leadership development.”

Program Elements include:

  • A cohesive extension of DSF scholar experience
  • DSF Leadership workshops/events
  • Peer/Faculty Mentoring
  • DSF Leadership Advisory Board
  • Professional Development Funds
  • Alternative Break Program
  • Colorado Leadership Alliance

Interested in learning more or joining the Leadership Program email us at [email protected].


Alternative Break Program (ABP) exposes students to complex social and cultural issues through service, experiential learning, group discussion, and personal reflection. These are great educational opportunities for students to gain a deeper insight of social issues and become well-informed citizens. The Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) Leadership Program, Dream.US and the Reisher Scholarship fund host annual Alternative Break Programs.

To learn more about the Alternative Break Program check out the Considering the alternative from MSU Denver on Vimeo.

Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative

Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative

Displaced Worker Grant 

Has your employment been impacted by COVID-19? Are you thinking about going back to school? MSU Denver can help. MSU Denver is teaming up with the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) to support displaced workers who want to finish their college degrees with scholarships and career coaching.

Interested in enrolling and learning more?

  • This is your first step on filling out what aid you might be eligible for and helps MSU Denver connect you to tuition assistance 
  • You can find links/learn more information about this here: 
  • MSU Denver staff are here to help you with process too 

Pathways to Possible

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Pathways to Possible

The MSU Denver Pathways to Possible (P2P) program is an intentional and strategic program designed to recruit underserved high school students and support them on their pathway to college success.


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Scholar Bulletin Board

Join our Scholar Bulletin board on Teams for updates, connecting with fellow scholars, and more.