Dr. Carreón Foundation Scholarship

The Reynaldo J. Carreon M.D. Foundation was founded in 1991 by the late valley philanthropist and pioneer, Dr. Reynaldo J. Carreón, to provide students of Hispanic descent, that demonstrate financial need, a chance to pursue their dreams of a higher education. To date, the foundation has awarded more than $1.2 million to more than 450 students from local high schools. Recipients have attended schools including Cal State San Bernardino-Palm Desert Campus, College of the Desert, USC, UCLA, UCR, UCSD, MIT, Harvard University and many others.

Dr. Carreon was a co-founder of what is now John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Indio and helped found the Coachella Valley Mexican American Chamber of Commerce in 1980. Dr. Carreon Boulevard, the Dr. Reynaldo J. Carreon Junior Academy and Dr. Carreon Park, all in Indio, are named in his honor. In 1984, College of the Desert dedicated the International Fountain of Knowledge in honor of Dr. Carreon and his family for establishing the Dr. Carreon Scholarship Endowment at the College of the Desert Foundation.

Scholarships are awarded to students who have at least a 3.0 GPA, are involved in the community, are of Latin American ancestry, and demonstrate leadership skills and financial need. Scholarships range from $1,250 to $5,000. Students must show a commitment to bettering their communities like the organization's founder, Dr. Carreon.

All scholarship applicants must complete and submit this application for the Reynaldo J. Carreon M.D. Foundation no later than March 17, 2017. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in a Coachella Valley or Palo Verde high school.
  • Have earned at least a 3.0 unweighted grade point average for all four years of high school work completed.
  • Be able to demonstrate qualities of good citizenship, leadership and financial need.
  • Be of Latin American ancestry.
  • Apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the March 2 priority deadline. http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • Must demonstrate financial need (as identified by academic institutions & FAFSA).
  • Must submit a copy of the 2017-2018 Student Aid Report (SAR) from FAFSA.
  • Be a permanent resident of the Coachella Valley or Palo Verde for the past three (3) consecutive years.
  • Must have attended a California high school for a minimum of three (3) consecutive years and graduated or completed a GED in the state of California.
  • Must be pursuing your first Bachelor's or Associate's degree at an accredited college, university, or academic institution in the U.S.
  • Must submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts.
  • Must submit two letters of recommendations from a professor, counselor or community leader.

Leadership Program

The Dr. Reynaldo Carreon Foundation has partnered with the Pathways to Success Scholarship and Leadership Program to not only focus on increasing student success in college, but also to help students increase their leadership success. Pathways to Success brings together industry leaders to share their expertise while facilitating unique networking opportunities in the process. If awarded a matching Pathways to Success scholarship, scholars will automatically be accepted into the leadership program and will be required to attend a leadership conference on the following dates:

  • Pathways to Success Leadership Conference:
    • Pre-Conference:
      • Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
      • Time: 5:30PM - 8:00PM
      • Location: Coachella Valley location TBD
    • Conference (Day 1):
      • Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
      • Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
      • Location: Coachella Valley location TBD
    • Conference (Day 2):
      • Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017
      • Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
      • Location: Coachella Valley location TBD

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