United Airlines travel fund

This fund strives to reduce the inequity in resources among DPS students so all students have opportunities to participate in  educational experiences through traveling.


Generous support from DPS Foundation’s official airline, United Airlines, provides the opportunity for many Denver Public Schools students and staff to travel by air to enhance their perspectives and learn in new ways.

The DPS Foundation United Airlines Travel Fund is currently closed. If you are seeking travel support for student trips, consider applying to the A to Z Fund.

Through this fund, United Airlines has provided students, many of whom have never traveled on an airplane before, experiences that are shaping their futures.

Some examples of the high-flying experiences this fund has made possible include:

A smooth landing for some great spellers.

Students from Bruce Randolph School’s Spanish Language Arts class traveled to Foxboro, MA to attend the National Spanish Spelling Bee competition. Students worked the entire year on improving their bilingual skills. The students, who earned their spots by winning the local spelling bee, not only were able to experience a new city, they also placed in the spelling bee as finalists!

Teachers making a global impact.

One DPS Educator, Samuels Elementary teacher, Jamie Patton Rochford, traveled to Accra, Ghana with the non-profit organization Limited Research Teacher Training (LRTT), where she provided training to local teachers, focusing on effective teaching strategies for the foundation years of primary school. Ghanaian students have improved educational experiences as their teachers learned about rigor and pacing.

United Airlines is the official airline sponsor of the A to Z Fund, and provides travel for students of all ages to pursue learning opportunities and attend competitions throughout the year. These opportunities are not luxuries – they are inspiring moments that have a profound impact on young lives. Learn more about the A to Z Fund.

Contact Traci Brooks at tbrooks@dpsfoundation.org for more information.