DSSF Year in Review

2017 Scholars Update

Natallie Della Selva

Natallie Della Selva

Natalie is involved with her school’s Queer Alliance and recently organized a meeting where they talked about androdynous fashion throughout history and where gender neutral fashion is heading in the future. Natalie is loving fashion class and has decided to minor in fine arts with a focus in jewelry. 

Isabelle Natrop

Isabelle Natrop

Isabelle is the e-Gaming Officer of Augsburg’s Gamers United Club, she is also involved as a mentee of the STEM Peer Mentoring Program, and in October she was accepted to do research for Emily Schilling, a Biology Professor at Augsburg, doing research on lake sediment.

DSSF at the Twin Cities Marathon


When the first member of #teamDSSF crossed the 10 Mile start line at 7:00am on Sunday, October 1st we had raised nearly $16,000 from 123 donors! From everyone at DSSF, we want to thank everyone who donated and supported to make this the most successful #teamDSSF run ever! Remember, it's a personal record even if it's your first time!

Our fundraising record is not alone as the most remarkable records that were set on Sunday, October 1st.

There were many marathon and 10 mile runners who all set personal records on race day. For many of us it was the first marathon or 10 mile ever run, setting a personal best for time and distance. For others, it was beating a previous best.

We want to specifically recognize two of the #teamDSSF runners.

Chelsea Willett, a 2007 Central High graduate, completed the marathon in 3:34:16 which is within the Boston Qualifying time! Congratulations to Chelsea!

Shelby Rhodes, a 2006 Central High graduate, completed the marathon in 4:10:57, a personal record, and shortly after got engaged! Congratulations to Shelby!


Purple Out Day

In February, we will have our 7th Purple Out Day at Central High School. The foundation hosts a table in Central's lobby where we hand out applications, answer questions about the scholarship, and give out some swag. It's a great opportunity to increase awareness of the foundation while connected directly with potential future Devin Smith Scholars. If you're interesting in follow the day be sure to like us on Facebook. 

We Are Not Finished

The Devin Smith Scholarship Foundation’s mission is to help St. Paul Central High School students realize their creative vision through college scholarships. We have established a permanent fund to assure the scholarships are available for many years to come. We award the Devin Smith Scholarships as four year college scholarships with a total scholarship of $10,000 for each Devin Smith Scholar. We are thrilled to have the level of volunteer support that has enabled DSSF to meet and exceed its goals.

We are proud of our Devin Smith Scholars
and are looking forward to naming two more scholars in 2018!