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Media Release: DPS Students Awarded HBCU Scholarships at MLK Honored School

DMLK graduates receive multiple scholarship offers at Howard University

Denver Public Schools is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting achievements that center Black excellence. Six seniors at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College (“DMLK”) were recently accepted to Howard University, through the Early Action application process. Howard University is a prestigious Historically Black College and University (“HBCU”), located in Washington D.C. Each student was awarded a scholarship, ranging from $17,000-$19,000 per year. The six exemplary students have received enticing offers from several schools, and are still in the decision process. 

DMLK is located in the far northeast of Denver, nestled in Green Valley Ranch. The nationally-acclaimed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College serves college-bound students in grades six through twelve. 

The outstanding students have excelled academically throughout their academic careers, with grade point averages exceeding 4.150. The students have also supported their community in multiple service projects and civic engagement opportunities. They are also heavily involved in athletics, and belong to multiple athletic teams.

In recent years academic and construction improvements for DMLK were provided by bond investments. This money was spent providing DMLK with a CHSAA-sized high school gymnasium, new offices, a new training facility, concession and ticket booths, and an Astroturf soccer field with field lighting. The completed state of the art gym and additional physical education spaces will be revealed at an upcoming ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for mid 2023.

"We are so proud of our students and staff for all that they have accomplished here. At DMLK, we serve equity-focused students who share their many talents with our community everyday,” said Cristina Bissell,  DMLK Interim Principal. “We hope that this CHSAA approved gym provides us an additional avenue to celebrate the greatness that is DMLK." 

The receiving students and all the DMLK community expressed their gratitude to the Denver taxpayers for continuing to invest in DMLK and Black Excellence, and hope to pay it forward as proud DPS alumni.


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