Dymond Ruybal is now a recent college graduate with her first job, but four years ago she had no idea this was in her future.
"I always wanted to go to college, I always loved school," she said.
But she didn't know how to apply or how to pay for it.
"I would have never known where to start, what to do," she said.
That's where the Denver Scholarship Foundation came in.
Renea Burning helps advise high school students on the tools they need to get into college.
"We're exposing students that haven't been exposed to this idea at post-secondary education," she explained. "Some of our students have never engaged in that conversation about, 'What am I going to do after high school?' or know that college is an option."
With the Denver Scholarship Foundation's help, Ruybal made a plan and followed through. She earned a degree in integrated physiology from CU and started her professional career at National Jewish as an occupational program assistant.
She also hopes to earn a master's degree in public health.