Amplify Scholars Program will provide mentors and funds for non-tuition expenses throughout college years
DENVER – KIPP Colorado Schools announced today that three students from KIPP Denver Collegiate High School (KDCHS) have been selected for the Amplify Scholars Program, which provides more than $13,000 over four years for college expenses like textbooks, housing, and technology. The scholarship is a partnership between the KIPP Foundation and iMentor, a national nonprofit that provides mentors for high school students.
Steven Hernandez-Lopez, Arely Herrera, and Dafne Lucio are among the 15 students across the country to be selected for the scholarship program’s inaugural class.
Hernandez-Lopez will attend Brown University in the fall, and plans to double major in Neuroscience and Education. He intends to use his education to continue helping the Latinx community in Denver and beyond. He is captain of the KDCHS cross-country team and serves on the school’s student council. He received the Breakthrough Kent Denver Community Service Award in recognition of his efforts to give back to his community.
Herrera plans to study to become a nurse practitioner when she begins her college education at the University of Colorado Denver this fall. She is passionate about helping those in need, and she is interested in working with organizations whose mission is to create a more equitable education system. She is a member of Denver Public Schools’ Student Board of Education, where she has focused on student activism and social justice issues. She is also a member of the basketball team and student council. Outside of school, she volunteers as a teacher’s aide at a local elementary school.
Lucio is headed to Saratoga Springs, New York this fall, where she will attend Skidmore College. She plans to attend law school and aspires to become a civil rights attorney. She is a member of student council, a mentor for younger students, and a member of the Student Ambassador club, where she gained leadership experience in public speaking. Throughout her time in high school, she has been engaged with student activism and social justice issues.
The Amplify Scholars Program provides students with funds to cover college expenses beyond tuition. Amplify Scholars will receive stipends for books, activities, and summer expenses, providing recipients the opportunity to gain valuable career experience through summer internships, which are often unpaid. They will also be paired with a one-on-one mentor who will support them on their educational and professional pathways.
To learn more about the Amplify Scholars Program and the other recipients, click here.
KIPP Colorado Schools is a network of six tuition-free, college preparatory public charter schools that are open to all students. We educate over 2,400 students in Far Northeast and Southwest Denver from pre-kindergarten through high school. Our nationally recognized KIPP Through College Program supports students for up to six years after graduation on their path to college and career. We are part of the nationwide KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) network of 224 schools in 20 states and Washington, DC, educating approximately 90,000 students.