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25th Anniversary

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Together We Make an Impact

The Volunteers in Partnership (VIP) program began in September 1990 with the support of University of Denver Chancellor, Daniel L. Ritchie, Denver Public Schools Board of Education member, Naomi Bradford, and Denver businessman Tom  Pino , as part of a statewide effort to promote higher education for economically disadvantaged students. 

The first partnership was between the University of Denver and Denver West High School.  Since then, we’ve expanded to several other high schools in an effort to encourage and support historically underrepresented students to further their education. Since 1990, more than 220 VIP alums have graduated from the University of Denver.  Today, there are 88 students from partner schools attending DU.  

The success of VIP can be traced to one simple concept: “students helping students.” DU VIP students implement college focused workshops in partner schools and serve as role models and mentors.  In giving back, VIP students deepen their commitment to impact the lives of others and expand opportunities for college access and success.   

List of Partnerships:
Abraham Lincoln High School
Denver Center for International Studies
Denver School of Science and Technology: Stapleton 
Denver School of Science and Technology: Green Valley Ranch
East High School
Hinkley High School
Kepner Middle School
Pinnacle Charter School
South High School
West Leadership Academy
Past Partnerships*:
Baker Middle School
Rishel  Middle School
Denver West High School
*Partnership ended due to school closure

Volunteers in Partnership 25th Anniversary Celebration

 Thank you to all who attended and making this night a success!


(Left to Right: Donna Wilson, Verna Clark, Linda McCurdy Terry Williams, Carole Burgess)



(Left to Right: Vice Chancellor Afsahi, Director of VIP Linda Quintanar, Executive Director of Denver Scholarship Foundation, Nate Easley)



(Left to Right: Anita Springsteen, Eric Deffenbaugh, Amber Na, Chanthy Na)