Denver Urban Scholars has a new strategic plan

We are excited to share our recently completed strategic plan. The plan outlines our vision for the organization over the next three years with specific goals and objectives.

Denver Urban Scholars Strategic Plan

If you have any questions or would like to get more information on ways that you can get involved in our new efforts please contact our Executive Director, Patrick Byrne, Program Director, Susan Duncombe, or Development Director, Miranda Graul.

COSI Grant Press Release

DENVER — Dec. 18, 2014 – The Postsecondary Success Partnership between Denver Urban Scholars and Goodwill Industries of Denver is one of 28 initiatives across Colorado to be awarded $3.4 million in grants from the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative, Initiative organizers announced this week.

The funds are aimed at supporting Colorado students – especially those from low-income and/or underrepresented backgrounds – on the path to and through college and into the workforce.

Specifically, the $100,000 received by the Postsecondary Success Partnership will help provide transitional support and training for low-income high school students entering college.

“COSI is an exciting collaboration; it partners with the state of Colorado, higher education, and the nonprofit sector to enhance services and support for our college students,” said Patrick Byrne, Executive Director of Denver Urban Scholars.

The General Assembly last year designated $3.4 million to the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative as a seed investment to create a network of student support and scholarship programs throughout the state. This historic state investment aims to address workforce readiness, the degree attainment gap, and affordability issues that put a college degree out of reach for too many Coloradans.

“The goal is to increase post-secondary education while better preparing Colorado students to earn a livable wage, graduate with less debt and positively contribute to the growth of our state’s economy,”  said Garcia, who is overseeing the Initiative. “We believe by partnering with philanthropists, business leaders, and community groups we can bolster Colorado’s talent pipeline.”

The first phase of the Initiative involves increasing the availability and quality of student success programs for Colorado’s high school students and graduates through $3.4 million in multi-year grant awards, which will offer support to 20,380 students.

The second phase will involve enlisting communities, philanthropists, and organizations to help significantly increase the cumulative amount of scholarship dollars available to Colorado resident students. Through this program, contributors will be able to draw down matching funds from the state. Hickenlooper has requested an additional $30 million to build up the state’s matching fund in his FY15-16 budget. The first scholarship dollars are expected to be awarded in spring 2016.

For a complete list of grant awards, click here. For more information about Denver Urban Scholars, click here.

Denver Urban Scholars keeps promising students on right path

Mentor Trent Peaker and mentees Khaled, 15, and Saber Ali, 13, are participants in the mentoring program offered by Denver Urban Scholars to help metro area students through their academic life. “I know I’ll have succeeded when they go to college,” says Peaker of his young friends shown at Strive Sunnyside School.

Read more…

Check out our write up in Esquire.

The basics: For students in middle and high school who are at risk of dropping out, academic mentoring toward graduation and college.

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Denver Urban Scholars chosen to be part of Mile High United Way’s The Performance Collaborative

More than Funding: Working to Strengthen Local Organizations

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Denver Urban Scholars Student, Valentina Nuñez, is the first recipient of the Carolyne Hyde Future Leader Scholarship.


DENVER — May 2, 2014 — Quarterly Forum has established the Carolyne Hyde Future Leader Scholarship, with Gov. John Hickenlooper presenting the award to the first recipient during a program yesterday. The annual scholarship provides $10,000 to a college-bound high school senior in the Denver-metro area who demonstrates high scholastic achievement, history of community service and leadership among peers.

The first recipient of the Carolyne Hyde Future Leader Scholarship is Valentina Nuñez, a senior at La Academia and a Denver Urban Scholar. Ms. Nuñez will attend Metropolitan State University of Denver in the fall.

The scholarship honors the legacy of Carolyne Hyde, founder of Quarterly Forum, the exclusive, non-partisan executive leadership organization she formed 15 years ago. Earlier this year she transitioned into the Chairman role of the organization.

“We wanted to honor Carolyne’s legacy of cultivating leadership in Colorado by investing in a future leader’s education.” said Ryan Heckman, Executive Director of Quarterly Forum.  “We are honored to award our first scholarship to Valentina who represents so many great things about our community.”


Founded in 1999, Quarterly Forum is Denver’s premier leadership organization. Through its core breakfast programs and other distinctive events, Quarterly Forum provides opportunities for Colorado’s most respected executives and companies to connect with their peers, become informed on the most relevant issues, topics and trends affecting commerce, and enrich their lives through meaningful business, civic and social engagement. For more information on the organization, please visit

Denver Urban Scholars seeks more volunteers to mentor at-risk students

Denver Post highlights mentors at Denver Urban Scholars. Click on the link below for the full story.


9 News highlights mentoring at Denver Urban Scholars

Since 1995, the Denver Urban Scholars program has paired up middle school and high school students with adult mentors. Check out the link below to see how mentoring is impacting the lives of Denver youth.





Denver Post highlights Denver Urban Scholars

Denver Urban Scholars gives at-risk students the resources they need to succeed

Check out The Denver Post’s coverage of Denver Urban Scholars!

Byrne Urban Scholars Announces Name Change to Denver Urban Scholars

Name change better reflects communities served by the Denver-based public charity

Announced today, Byrne Urban Scholars has changed its name to Denver Urban Scholars. The new name better reflects the organization’s long-standing commitment to serving the Denver community as a public charity with diverse programming.

“While the name of our organization may be new, our mission remains the same – to build the relationships necessary to help students succeed in school and realize their true potential,” stated Patrick Byrne, Executive Director of Denver Urban Scholars. “Since 1995, we have together changed lives, created new opportunities, and inspired our young people to reach for their dreams. Looking to the future, we usher in a new era for our community of students, mentors, families and staff, as we transition from the vision of one family to a true public charity.”

Denver Urban Scholars will continue to maintain a relationship with its founder, the Byrne Family Foundation. As an element of this ongoing relationship, the Byrne Family will provide 100% of overhead costs for the organization, allowing for additional funding from the private, public and foundation sectors to directly support program costs and growth.

Currently, Denver Urban Scholars operates three programs: Stepping Stones for middle school students; Milestones for high school students; and Capstones, a pilot program launched in 2012, serving students through their first two years of higher education. Denver Urban Scholars will continue to enhance its programming based on feedback from those served and the communities impacted by these programs, furthering their holistic approach to academic achievement.