Refer a Student

Denver Urban Scholars partners with high poverty, high performing schools to unlock the potential of students facing added challenges by creating individual pathways to career and college. Our program serves youth beginning in grade 6 and continuing up to 4 years post-secondary. Denver Urban Scholars programming includes a combination of mentoring, social emotional, and academic support working towards our vision of providing a life choice and opportunity for every young person.

Interested in learning more? Read our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the requirements to enroll a student?

A: Our program is a fit for students who:

  • Want to graduate from high school and have options beyond, and desire support in achieving their goals from a Program Manager/mentor
  • Have the time to commit to the program (see FAQ below)
  • Currently attend a partner school in which we are enrolling and intent to stay there for at least one year (see FAQ below)
  • Will be in 6th or 9th grades during the next enrollment period (typically late August through early October)
  • Are not enrolled in any other mentoring or college and career readiness program

Q: How long may students stay in the program?

A: We ask for a minimum one year time commitment from students and families, but encourage students continue throughout their middle school, high school, and post-secondary careers. With few exceptions, we are unable to serve students who move out of a partner school. Programming occurs year round, including over the summer months.

Q: What programming is available to students?

A: Denver Urban Scholars provides a combination of mentoring, social emotional, and academic support to youth enrolled in the program.

  • Depending on the grade of the student and the specific services available at each partner site, mentoring options may include individual or group mentoring
  • Case management services are provided in a wrap-around setting, designed to bring together the student, school, family, mentor, and any additional outside supports
  • Workshops and trainings focused on college and career readiness topics are open to all participants, and occur monthly throughout the year

Q: What is the time commitment each month?

A: Students with individual mentors should plan on spending a minimum of 8 hours per month with their mentor. In addition, students are required to meet monthly with a Program Manager, most often during the school day. Monthly workshops typically last about 2 hours, most often on a Saturday or on a weekday evening.

Q: What schools are you enrolling from?

A: Denver Urban Scholars is currently enrolling students in the following schools:

  • Kipp Sunshine Peak Academy
  • Kipp Denver Collegiate
  • Kipp Northeast Denver Middle School
  • Kipp Northeast Denver Leadership Academy
  • STRIVE Sunnyside
  • STRIVE Westwood
  • Arrupe Jesuit High School

Q: What is the enrollment process?

A: Interested students will be invited to attend an enrollment session during the fall enrollment period with a parent/guardian. During the session, students and parents/guardians will learn more about Denver Urban Scholars and our programming. At the end of the evening, if the student is interested, both parties will be invited to complete an application. Notifications of enrollment typically follow within 2-4 weeks.

Q: What if my student is not appropriate for this specific program?

A: If Denver Urban Scholars is not the right fit for your student and you want to find another mentoring program, a list of affiliated mentoring programs in Colorado is available at

Next Steps for Student Referrals

If your student meets the basic eligibility requirements listed above, we encourage you to first discuss Denver Urban Scholars with the student directly and ensure that they are interested in learning more about us.

If the student would like to continue in the enrollment process, have them let us know of their interest by sending the student’s name, school, grade, and parent/guardian phone number to The student will be placed on the outreach list for an upcoming enrollment period, and a Program Manager will reach out to the student and parent/guardian during that time.

Please note that we typically enroll students in the 6th and 9th grades from late August through early October. Many sites currently have a waiting list. Submitting your student’s referral information does not guarantee enrollment.

Enrollment depends upon many factors, including space, funding, partnership concerns, and individual factors. We will make every effort to serve appropriate students, including by making reasonable accommodations. At the same time, meeting the above requirements does not guarantee enrollment in our programming. We reserve the right to determine whether or not a student is not the right fit for our program.

Find Out More

Have additional questions about Denver Urban Scholars programming or enrollment? Reach out to our Senior Director of Programs at