News & Events

Dec 032018

DCIS Students Bound for UN Headquarters

Where Are Our Students Headed Next?

We received many applications for travel scholarships in our last round! We are pleased to announce that we recently awarded $17,200 to support student trips to Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Austria, Spain and Morocco, China, Rocky Mountain National Park, and of course, Canyonlands, Utah.

We also awarded $4,600 for elementary school student excursions to the Denver Aquarium, the Denver Discovery Camp, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and an overnight at the Denver Zoo.

Read on to learn more about what some of our students will explore during their travels! Thank you to all the students who took the time to submit applications, and our sincerest gratitude to our supporters who helped make these scholarships possible.

Denver Center for International Studies students will visit the UN Headquarters

DCIS-Montbello students plan to visit UN Headquarters during a trip to Switzerland.

Switzerland

  • Students from DCIS-Montbello will travel to Switzerland and visit the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva. They’ll also ski the Alps — for many of them, their first time skiing! — as part of a camp through Les Elfes International. Three individual scholarships awarded for high school students. 

 

Germany/Austria

  • DCIS-Baker students will visit both Austria and Germany to investigate topics such as: How did Germany go from a villain during WWII to an occupied country during the Cold War to the financial savior of Europe today? Austria’s reconstruction after WWII/architecture; Austrian culture across the nation (East v. West); Immigration subculture – how immigrants have found a place in Austria. They will visit the Dachau concentration camp, Nazi rally grounds and the 1972 Olympic Park. Two individual high school scholarships and a group scholarship to support three middle school students to participate in this trip.

Spain and Morocco

  • DCIS-Baker students will explore the theme “culture does not fit in a box” in a historical and cultural context. They will explore the crossroads of culture between Morocco and Spain by studying architecture, dance, and music and through a language exchange with students in Spain. We awarded 11 individual high school scholarships and and one group scholarship for middle schoolers to support participation in this trip.

China

  • Students studying Chinese at DCIS-Montbello will deepen their understanding of the language, culture and philosophy while exploring China’s historic landmarks and other culturally rich regions. They will also visit a Chinese school. We awarded four individual scholarships to high school students to support this trip.

Follow us on Facebook for upcoming photos and details from these and other travels! Thank you for your support!

Dec 022018

Celebrate Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 4!

Colorado Gives Day Denver Center for International Studies This Tuesday, December 4 is Colorado Gives Day. We hope you’ll give where you live and support us with a donation of $5, $20 or even $100.

This 24-hour movement is a chance to increase the value of your donation, thanks to the $1 Million Incentive Fund. This fund increases the value of every dollar donated proportionally. For example, if we receive 10% of the total donations made on Colorado Gives Day, we will receive 10% of the $1 Million Incentive Fund.

To donate to us on Colorado Gives Day, go to coloradogives.org/dcis_foundation. Or, beginning November 1, schedule your donation early! Student travel to China DCIS Foundation

Every dollar you donate helps deserving students broaden their horizons and enhances global understanding.

Thank you for your generosity and support of the DCIS Foundation.

Colorado Gives Day is powered by ColoradoGives.org, a year-round website featuring more than 2,300 nonprofits. The site encourages charitable giving by providing comprehensive, objective and up-to-date information about Colorado nonprofits. It is an easy way to support us online. 

Oct 102018

Deadline! Scholarship Applications Due Oct. 12

Thank you to all the students who attended a Travel Orientation meeting and picked up a scholarship application — it was great to see so many of you!

Scholarship applications are due Friday, October 12, 2018. Here is an application checklist to help you prepare your application and ensure you have met all the requirements.

Remember, incomplete applications will not be considered. Spell-check and proofread all your materials before submitting. We recommend putting your complete application in a sealed, clearly labeled manila envelope.

Please submit your complete application to the DCIS Foundation mailbox located in the main office.

Checklist:

  • First, attend a mandatory Travel Orientation meeting at your school (a.k.a. the application preparation workshop)
  • Review the eligibility requirements (see below)
  • Parent/guardian signature on application
  • Copy of current academic transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation (Cannot be from a family member. Two may be from faculty.)
  • Student and parent/guardian contact information
  • Trip details: destination, dates of travel, name of sponsoring organization, faculty or club
  • Travel budget
  • Trip preparation questions
  • Essay (“How will this trip impact you?” One page, typed, double-spaced. Please include your full name and your destination.)
  • All materials spell-checked and proofread for typos/errors

If completing your application by hand, please use pen and write legibly. Essays must be typed.

Questions? Contact us at dcisfoundation@gmail.comor visit dcisfoundation.org. Thank you!


DCIS Foundation Travel Scholarship: Eligibility Requirements

Students must:

  • Be currently enrolled at a DCIS school and have attended for at least one semester
  • Be in good standing as a DCIS student
  • Hold a minimum 2.5 GPA (if applying for a Travel Scholarship) or a minimum 3.0 (if applying for a Levin Scholarship)
  • Attend a Travel Orientation meeting
  • Submit a complete application (see “Application Checklist”), including parent signature
  • Attend an interview by the DCISF Scholarship Committee if selected

Scholarship Recipients must:

  • Use all funds granted solely for the travel described in the application
  • Fundraise/earn a minimum of 25% of total trip/travel expenses
  • Complete their travel while a student at DCIS
  • Return all DCISF funds to the Foundation if the travel does not occur or is not completed
  • Agree to prepare and present various reports/reflections following the trip per the terms of the Travel Agreement. This may include a short essay, photographs and a travel reflection presentation for students, faculty, members of the DCISF board of directors and the larger community.

Fine Print:

  • DCISF-funded trips must be supported by the school and cannot include family travel.
  • Funds must be returned to the DCISF if the travel does not occur or is not completed.
  • Students and their parents are responsible for verifying that the proposed trip qualifies for school credit, if applicable. The DCIS Foundation does not assume any responsibility for giving school credit.
  • Scholarships are provided to support participation in a travel experience and that it in no way makes the Denver Center for International Studies Foundation liable for incidents that may occur in relation to that travel.

Contact us at dcisfoundation@gmail.com with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sep 172018

Attend a Scholarship Application Orientation

Students, are you considering applying for a travel scholarship from the DCIS Foundation? Join us the week of October 1, 2018 for an informative travel orientation session. We’ll review this year’s available scholarships and the application process for middle school and high school travel.

  • DCIS-Baker: October 1-2
  • DCIS-Montbello: October 3

Please note: Orientation is mandatory for any student wishing to submit an application. Parents/guardians are welcome to attend as well (student must be present).

Scholarship applications will be due October 12, 2018.

student travel scholarships

Shannon Golden, GLI East Africa Trip

Please join us to get your questions answered. Hope to see you there!

Aug 212018

A Record-Breaking Evening at the 2018 Passport Dinner

2018 Passport Dinner – Thank You! 

Thank you to everyone who joined us on April 26 for our annual Passport Dinner at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Guests enjoyed dinner in the beautiful museum atrium, shared in the celebration of the evening’s honorees, and showed their support for travel and cultural exchange in our paddle raiser.

Denver Center for International Studies Foundation travel scholarships

Guests enjoying dinner in the atrium at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

 

Thanks to your support, we raised more than $73,000, our highest amount ever! We truly appreciate your support and look forward to sharing how these dollars impact student travel in the school year to come.

Thank you to everyone who joined us on April 26 for our annual Passport Dinner at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Guests enjoyed dinner in the beautiful museum atrium, shared in the celebration of the evening's honorees, and showed their support for travel and cultural exchange in our paddle raiser.

Matthew Taylor interviewed DCIS students Trinity Hansen and Shannon Golden about their travels. Trinity spent the summer of 2017 in Shanghai, China. She lived with a host family, studied the language and immersed herself in Chinese culture.

Special thanks to:

  • Our generous event sponsors;
  • Matthew Taylor and our second-grade singers from DCIS-Fairmont for the wonderful entertainment;
  • Our student speakers, Trinity Hansen and Shannon Golden for sharing their travel stories, and
  • The evening’s Honorees
    • DCIS Foundation Alumni Award
      Maria Monclova
    • DCIS Foundation Community Ambassador Award
      Jamie Van Leeuwen
    • DCIS Foundation Melanie Grant Global Ambassador Award
      Hikmet Ersek and Dr. Nayantara Ghosh-Ersek
  • And all those who worked so hard to make the evening a success.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!

Hikmet Ersek DCIS Dr. Nayantara Ghosh Ersek Foundation Melanie Grant Global Ambassador Award

Hikmet Ersek & Dr. Nayantara Ghosh Ersek were honored at the 2018 DCIS Foundation Passport Dinner with the DCIS Foundation Melanie Grant Global Ambassador Award.

Denver Center for International Studies Foundation Jamie Van Leeuwen

Jamie Van Leeuwen was honored with the DCIS Foundation Community Ambassador Award.

 

 

 

 

Denver Center for International Studies Foundation

Marie Monclova was honored with the 2018 DCIS Foundation Alumni Ambassador Award.

Thank you to our 2018 event sponsors

Thank you to our 2018 event sponsors.


Globetrotter Sponsors:
**The Build Strong Foundation for Education in partnership with Oakwood Homes
**The Raccoon Creek Golf Club

World Traveler Sponsor:
**Max & Elaine Appel

Travel Bug Sponsors:
**Academy Roofing
**Cesco Linguistic Services
**Figure 8 Marketing and Media
**FVM Holdings, LLC
**Highland Communication Works
*Imery’s
**Joanne & Jeff Schwartz
**Monclova Law Firm

Media Sponsor:
**KBNO Radio

Oakwood Homes Raccoon Creek Academy Roofing Inc. – Aurora, Colorado Cesco Linguistic Services, Inc. Abogada Monclova QueBueno 97.7 & 1280 Denver

View more event photos on the DCIS Foundation Facebook page. Check back for news about our other upcoming events.

Feb 162018

The DCIS Foundation Seeks a Treasurer

Join the Board of Directors Today!

Are you interested in promoting travel, global education and cultural understanding? You can support Denver students as a member of the Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS) Foundation board of directors.

**We are currently seeking a treasurer, with an immediate opening.** Please get in touch if you or someone you know has knowledge and experience in these areas:

  • Finance
  • Bookkeeping
  • Investment

In addition, we are seeking one or more individuals with knowledge and experience in these areas:

  • Grant writing
  • Researching grant opportunities
  • Fundraising

If you have the skills and experience we need – or are interested in learning more – we’d love to hear from you!

Please contact:

Shannon Clifford

Executive Director
Denver Center for International Studies Foundation
303-895-9072
shannonclifford@comcast.net

Board positions are open for a 2018-2020 term. The board meets monthly.

Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS) Foundation takes global education beyond the classroom by supporting student travel and cultural opportunities. These experiences foster academic success, expand global understanding, promote community involvement and help students become active citizens and informed leaders. Your donation is an investment that supports life-transforming opportunities for DCIS students who go on to touch the lives of others locally and across the world

Jan 282018

DCIS Foundation Passport Dinner: April 26, 2018

Igniting Global Understanding, Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders


New Venue! The Denver Museum of Nature & Science | 2001 Colorado Blvd., 80205
Thursday, April 26, 2018 | Cocktails: 6:00 p.m. • Dinner: 7:00 p.m.

…Featuring Matthew Taylor | Author, Professional Actor, Storyteller and Humorist

…Highlighting the transformative travel experiences of DCIS students

…Honoring several members of our community with the DCIS Foundation Ambassador Awards

Purchase Individual Tickets – $125 | Sponsorship opportunities available (see below)

Trinity Hansen, a recent DCIS Foundation scholarship recipient, spent the summer of 2017 in Shanghai, China. She lived with a host family, studied the language and immersed herself in Chinese culture. Reflecting on her time abroad, she wrote:

“I am extremely humbled by my experience. Not only in the way that I have become more appreciative of what I have, but I have also realized the privilege of travel. It is unfortunate that not everyone is able to take advantage of such incredible opportunities and I would like to encourage people to try. Financial restrictions seem daunting but it is entirely possible. I would not have been able to embark on my journey of a lifetime without the DCIS Foundation scholarship, so I would like to take this time to say thank you. I am eternally grateful, I will remember my trip for the rest of my life, and that is invaluable.”

Experiences like Trinity’s transform students into confident, informed and compassionate individuals, enhancing their own self-image and their image of the world. These opportunities encourage students to become problem solvers and leaders who take action in their communities.

It is our hope that you will commit to being among the people and organizations that support our work. We are excited to announce the DCIS Foundation Passport Dinner will take place Thursday, April 26, 2018 at a beautiful new space – the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Last year the Foundation’s annual dinner raised more than $62,000. This year, with your help, we will surpass that amount and make an even bigger difference for the students of the DCIS schools.

Purchase tickets now!

Sponsorship Opportunities are available! Are you a Globetrotter? Travel Bug? World Traveler? Read more below, or contact us at dcisfoundation@gmail.com for more information.

We look forward to seeing you at the Museum of Nature & Science!


ABOUT MATTHEW TAYLOR

MATTHEW TAYLOR – award-winning author, professional actor, storyteller and humorist – has been entertaining audiences throughout the United States and internationally for the last 25 years.

Transplanted to Colorado from the small sailing village of Itchenor, England, Matthew is a partner of A.C.E. Entertainment, which has written and produced over 50 original shows, and is currently touring their smash hit, “Girls Only – The Secret Comedy of Women.” Encouraged from the popularity of the A.C.E. show, “Tales of an Englishman,” Matthew continued to commit his stories to paper, which have now been compiled into the book, Goat Lips: Tales of a Lapsed EnglishmanReleased in the spring of 2015, Goat Lips has received the 2015 Independent Publishers Book Awards Gold Medal for Humor and is a National Indie Excellence Award Finalist.

Matthew has a long history of coaching theater, storytelling and the art of improvisation. He formed Persuasion through Narrative in 2010 to teach communication skills through the use of narrative, and has quickly gained a strong reputation, especially within the legal profession and educational institutions.

Matthew loves to bike, ski and sail, and is proud to be a husband and a father of two fabulous children (who continually keep him on his toes and laughing constantly).

Learn more at www.matthewtaylor.com.


AMBASSADOR AWARDS

We will be honoring several outstanding members of our community with our Ambassador Awards:

  • Hikmet Ersek & Dr. Nayantara Ghosh Ersek: DCIS Foundation Melanie Grant Global Ambassador Award
  • Jamie Van Leeuwen: DCIS Foundation Community Ambassador Award
  • Maria Monclova: DCIS Foundation Student/Alumni Ambassador Award

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Globetrotter – $10,000

  • Sponsor logo feature on the following: – DCISFoundation.org (6-month minimum); – All outgoing event marketing materials (digital & print media including invitations); – Video presentation projected on large screens at the event; – Table signage at event
  • Introduction of sponsor officer during event program
  • Full-page, color ad in program (high-resolution artwork provided by sponsor)
  • Recognition on the DCIS Foundation’s social media: Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Two tables of 10 with signage

World Traveler – $5,000

  • Sponsor logo feature on the following: – DCISFoundation.org (3-month minimum); – All outgoing event marketing materials (digital & print media including invitations); – Video presentation projected on large screens at the event; – Table signage at event
  • Verbal acknowledgement during event program
  • Half-page, color ad in program (high-resolution artwork provided by sponsor)
  • Recognition on the DCIS Foundation’s social media: Facebook and LinkedIn
  • One table of 10 with signage

Domestic Destination Explorer – $2,500

  • Sponsor logo feature on the following: – All outgoing event marketing materials (digital & print media including invitations); – Video presentation projected on large screens at the event; – Table signage at event
  • Quarter-page, color ad in program (high-resolution artwork provided by sponsor)
  • Recognition on the DCIS Foundation’s social media: Facebook and LinkedIn
  • One table of 10 with signage

Travel Bug – $1,250

  • Sponsor logo feature on the following: – All outgoing event marketing materials (digital & print media including invitations); – Video presentation projected on large screens at the event; – Table signage at event
  • Recognition on the DCIS Foundation’s social media: Facebook and LinkedIn
  • One table of 10 with signage

Ready to shape the leaders of tomorrow? Please complete our Sponsorship Commitment Form DCIS 2018. 

Return completed forms to Shannon Clifford, dcisfoundation@gmail.com, or mail to P.O. Box 9044, Denver, CO 80209.

Sponsors, please send us a high-resolution logo by April 6 to receive all applicable marketing benefits.

Dec 112017

Application Deadlines & Requirements

Scholarship Application Information for 2018

Heads-up for DCIS-Baker students interested in scholarship opportunities from the DCIS Foundation!

The DCIS Foundation requires that every student who wants to apply for a scholarship attend an orientation meeting and participate in interviews. Important upcoming dates for DCIS-Baker students follow – mark your calendars!

Application Preparation Orientations (Parents Welcome)
January 15th, 5:30p.m.-6:30 p.m.: MUN Room
January 16th, 12:30p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Community Room
January 18th, 12:30p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Community Room

Interviews
February 6th, 3:00p.m.-5:00 p.m.: To Be Determined
February 8th, 3:00p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Community Room
February 12th, 3:00p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Community Room

Dec 112017

Seeking New Board Members!

Join the DCIS Foundation Board of Directors!

Interested in travel, global education and promoting cultural understanding? You can support DCIS students as a member of the Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS) Foundation’s board of directors. We are especially interested in candidates who have knowledge and experience in these areas:

• Finance
• Bookkeeping
• Investment
• Grant writing
• Researching grant opportunities
• Fundraising
• International travel / education

Board positions are open for a 2018-2020 term. The board meets monthly.

If you have the skills and experience we need – or are interested in learning more – we’d love to hear from you!

Please contact:
Shannon Clifford
Executive Director
Denver Center for International Studies Foundation
303-895-9072
shannonclifford@comcast.net