Thursday, February 28, 2013

Indian Wells Rotary/CVEP Pathways Scholarship

DEADLINE:  March 18, 2013

  • Permanent resident of Coachella Valley for the past three years.
  • Attended a CA high school for the past three years & be a graduate of a Coachella Valley HS.
  • Apply for FAFSA or provide acceptable income verification.
  • Demonstrate unmet need
  • Pursuing 1st bachelor's or associates degree.
  • GPA 3.25 or higher
  • Enrolling in or maintaining full time enrollment status.
  • Preference given for previous enrollment in college prep. community leadership, career pathways  program and 1st generation to attend college.
  • Student will be expected to sign a contract with CVEP's Pathway to Success program.
  • Must complete the College Access Foundation of CA information release form. (If selected)    
Please google: Indian Wells Rotary/CVEP Pathways Scholarship Application

Monday, February 25, 2013

Desert Outreach Foundation

The foundation will award a minimum of five, one year scholarships to students who lived in Coachella Valley.  Scholarship amounts will range between $1,300 and $1,500 depending on the number of scholarships awarded.

Deadline:  March 29th, 2013

Please Google:  Desert Outreach Foundation 2013 Scholarship Application

1.   You will need an OFFICIAL High School OR College transcript.  (Remember it must be in
      a sealed envelope to be official.
2.   Two letters of recommendation  from individuals other than family members.

Laptops to Class

Please remember to bring your laptops to class today in order to complete the COD application.  Everyone needs to apply so that you can have some experience applying for scholarships.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Udall AScholarship

50 Scholarships of up to $5,000

Deadline:  March 01, 2013

Scholarships are offfered in any of three categories.

1.   For students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics, and other related fields.

2.  The Foundation expects to award 50 scholarships and 50 honorable mentions to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

3.  Nomination by college.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

CTA Martin Luther King Jr.

Deadline:  February 22, 2013

If you are planning on a career in teaching, I urge to apply for this scholarship, but first you must become a Student Member of the California Teachers Association.  Membership is about $30.00--this is NOT an application fee.

The office of the California Teachers Association is in Burlingame, CA which is in the general area of San Francisco.

So, if you are interested, don't waste time because you need to be a member before you can apply and the deadline is the 22nd of this month.

Three March 02, 2013 Deadlines

Please don't let these three scholarships slip by you.  The deadline of March 2nd is just around the corner.

COD Scholarship

Pathways to Success

FAFSA in order to qualify for the CAL Grant

Also, the Jeannette Rankin Scholarship for women is due on March 01, 2013

Beinecke Scholarships

Graduate Students

Deadline: February 22, 2013

This scholarship is for graduate students pursuing a course of studies in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Each scholars receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school.  There is no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Scholarships for Men

Please check out this site for scholarships specifically for guys.

Democratic Award Ceremony

Sunday, I attended the Scholarship Award Ceremony sponsored by the Democratic Women's Club.  It was held at the Mission Hills Country Club.  A great lunch and beautiful grounds welcomed the three recipients,  Diana Root, Nicole Hernandez and Mayte Vargas, of the first scholarships offered by the DWC.

My special thanks to the Democratic Women's Club for honoring our students.  I understand that the scholarships will be available again next year. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Oprah Contest

This isn't a scholarship, but a contest worth $5,000.

In the March 2013 issue (page 65), you can read directions for a chance to win $5,000.  Please visit to get started.
All you have to do is to read the magazine and complete an online survey

What have you got to lose??

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program

DEADLINE: February 28, 2013

Award amounts:
  • 100 Scholarships of up to $25,000 per year available for four years.  (One additional year for those entering a five-year engineering program.)
  • 1,000 Scholarships of $2,000
  1. High school seniors, high school graduates, or current post secondary undergraduate students.
  2. Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited college four-year for the entire 2013-2014 academic year.
  3. Plan to major in study that focuses on Engineering/Technology or select Design and Business related programs.
  4. Demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industries.
  5. Be a U.S. citizen and have permanent residence in the United States or Puerto Rico. 
  Award Criteria:

  1. Academic Achievement
  2. Financial need
  3. Participation and leadership in community and school activities, work experience and interest in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industry.
  4. Please note special consideration will be given to the following applicants:  first-generation college, female, minority, military veteran or the dependent of military personnel.


Awards will vary based on recipient need up to a maximum of $2,500 and will be granted on a first come, first served basis as long as applicants meet the selection criteria.

Applicants to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation Education Scholarship Program must be:
  • Resident of the US who is at least 16 years old.
  • Currently seeking a degree or certificate (or completion equivalent) at an acredited two year college, vocational-technical school or approved training institute in the US and have already completed at least 50% of the requirements for the chosen course of study or training.
  • Enrolled in a vocational or similar trade related program such as plumbing, electrician, auto mechanic, CDL certificate, etc.
Individuals seeking a scholarship for anything other than a skilled trade related program are not eligible.

To My Scholarship Class

I am trying to make arrangements with the Financial Aid office to have laptops in the classroom next week so that one of their staff members can walk you through the COD Scholarship application. Let me know if you have your own laptop--we may not have enough for the whole class.

I want everyone to apply even if you don't think you qualify so that you can experience completing a scholarship application.

In the meantime,  try writing a brief essay which states your reason for being in college; who or what inspired you to select your major;  and your short and long term goals.

Remember that the first paragraph should be powerful.  Speak from the heart.  Check the archives on this BLOG for tips on writing your essay.  You can also GOOGLE "writing a scholarship essay" for some tips.  I will be giving very specific instructions in class on writing your essay, but, for now, you want to be able to apply for the scholarships which are coming up.  Also, read the section on writing your personal essay in the textbook.

You know where my office is.  That essay is the MOST IMPORTANT part of the application so ask for help if you need it.

Desert Outreach Foundation

Mark your calendar!! The 2013 Desert Outreach Foundation annual scholarship program will be available to download on February 15, 2013.

A minimum of five scholarships of between $1,300 - $1,500 per person will be awarded. 

Applications must be received by April 29, 2013. Finalists will be contacted for an interview with the Scholarship Committee to held in late April or early May, 2013.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

COD Scholarship

REMEMBER the deadline for the COD Scholarship is March 02, 2013.  If you haven't already applied,  please do so as soon as possible.  This is a fairly easy application and a good opportunity for you to win money for your college expenses.
If you need any help with your essay, please come in to see me.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund


A woman, age 35 or older
U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States
Pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associates degree, or a first bachelor's degree
Enrolled in, or accepted to, a regionally or ACICS accredited school.

Deadline:  March 01, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Pathways to Success

Up to $2500 for Community College for one year
Up to $5000 for Community College for two years
Up to $5,000 for university  for one year
Up to $10,000 for university for two years

Eligibility Requirements:
  • You or your parents must have been residents of Coachella Valley over the past 3 years.
  • Must have attended a CA high school for a minimum of 3 years and graduated or completed a GED in the state of CA.
  • Must apply for FAFSA by March 2nd priority
  • Must demonstrate financial need as identified by academic institutions & FAFSA
  • Must be pursuing your first Bachelor or Associate degree at an accredited college, university or academic institution in US.
  • Must have a minimum 2.0 GPA and maintain full time enrollment throughout the academic year.  Third and fourth year college students must a have a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • You will be expected to sign a contract with Pathways to Success involving you in scheduled events, mentoring, workshops, and web based interactions.
  • You will be given preference if you have had previous involvement in college preparation program(s), demonstrate community leadership, have been involved in a career pathway program(s), and are first generation or first in the family to attend college.
  • You must submit two letters of recommendation from a professor, counselor or community leader.
  • You must submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts.
  • You must submit a copy of your 2013-2014 Student Aid Report from FAFSA.