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The Roadrunners Diversity Scholars Program (RDSP) is an academic enrichment scholarship program designed to support the recruitment and retention of underrepresented, Pell-eligible, and first-generation undergraduate students in MSU Denver’s School of Education (SOE). The program will support student scholars in their pursuit of academic and professional goals. The program offers connection and support through scholarships, organized social and cultural activities, networking, faculty mentorship, and intentional and consistent advising for academic and professional development.

STUDENTS: APPLY NOW!

Applications are now closed. 2021-2022 RDSP cohort decisions were delivered via email on August 16th, 2021. Applications for next year’s cohort will open later in the year or early next year.

The RDSP is open to all undergraduate students enrolled in a School of Education teacher preparation program. Preference will be given to:

  • Underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups (Black/African American, Native Hawaiian/Asian Pacific Islander, Asian/Asian American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Latinx/Hispanic)
  • First-generation college students (meaning that neither of your parents earned a college degree)
  • Students with high financial need as defined by Pell Grant eligibility (which is determined by your FAFSA submission to the University)

Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are open now.  Click the button below to apply today!

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

The RDSP is actively seeking support and commitment from donors. This support will allow the program to consistently offer students financial assistance through scholarships. Though other facets of the program are crucial to the success of our students, financial support is equally as important and a primary goal.

Please use the following link to provide a one-time or recurring gift.  If you are interested in becoming an endowed scholarship donor, please contact Allyssa Joseph in University Advancement.

We look forward to strengthening the RDSP through your generous support.

PROGRAM STAFF

The Roadrunner Diversity Scholars Program serves all academic departments in the School of Education (SOE) at MSU Denver. Part of this service includes curating cultural events to build community, proactive advising and mentorship within each department, and connection to and planning of professional development opportunities. These duties are performed by the SOE’s Diversifying the Teacher Workforce Committee collectively at times, but with the direction of the following Co-Directors and Advisors.

Please feel free to reach out to any of our staff if you have questions about this program.

Headshot photo of Dr. Philip Bernhardt.

Dr. Philip E. Bernhardt

Co-Director/Advisor

Secondary Education

[email protected] 303-615-0191 Full Profile
Headshot photo of Dr. Ofelia Schepers.

Dr. Ofelia Schepers

Co-Director/Advisor

Elementary Education and Literacy

[email protected] 303-615-1134 Full Profile
Headshot photo of Dr. Dorothy Shapland

Dr. Dorothy Shapland

Co-Director/Advisor

Early Childhood Education

[email protected] 303-615-1175 Full Profile