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Critical support for student success.

Scholarships remain among the most important ways for College of the Desert Foundation and its donors to encourage student success. Scholarships relieve financial burden, offer inspiration and validate the importance of education.

Last year, more than 600 students received $550,000 of support for books, tuition, supplies and other expenses. Through these gifts, donors are helping students pursue their dreams of a college education.

Options available for giving to scholarships include:

  • Endowed Scholarships - Establish an endowed scholarship with a minimum gift of $25,000. Endowments remain in perpetuity and only draw from the interest on the income for scholarships. Endowments can be established as memorial scholarships or as ways to honor an individual, organization, corporation or foundation.
  • Existing Endowed Scholarships - Existing endowed scholarship opportunities Include: Adopt-A-Student Nancy H. Bacon Endowment for the Visual Arts Michele Gaines Performing Arts Scholarship Frank Bogert Memorial Scholarship.
  • Continuing Scholarships - Agree to fund an annual scholarship program for at least five years. Continuing scholarships can be given in the name of an organization, foundation, corporation or individual.
  • One-Time Contribution - Add your donation to an existing scholarship fund. Many departments have scholarships to support their students.

You can create a gift using cash, bonds, stocks, real estate, bequests, insurance, trusts and other legal instruments. As a donor, you decide:

  • The basic terms of the award
  • The award level
  • Who is eligible for the scholarship
  • Creative for the award

You can give at anytime online, or by clicking the Donate Now icon found throughout the site. You can also download this fillable PDF and mail back to the Foundation at: College of the Desert Foundation, 43-500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert, Ca 92260. 

Scholarships Made Available Through Generous Donations To
College of the Desert  Foundation

Academic Angels Scholarship
Anonymous Accounting Scholarship
Molly Adams Scholarship for the Disabled
Alas Con Futuro Scholarship
Annexstad Family Foundation Veteran Student 
John Arthur Memorial Scholarship
Nancy H.Bacon Scholarship 
Anonymous Business Scholarship
Baxter Community Foundation Scholarship
Frak Bogert Memorial Scholarship
Gail D. Brumwell Scholarship 
Cardenas Markets Scholarship
Dr. Reynaldo J.Carreon Scholarshiop
Catholic Charities Scholarship
CCC Osher Scholarship
Chernis Family Foundation Veterans Student Scholarship
CMAA Scholarship
COD Student Scholarship
COD Community Memorial Scholarship
COD Faculty Women's Scholarship
COD Founding Leaders Scholarship
COD French Club Scholarship
COD Memorial for Music Scholarship
COD Student Memorial Scholarship
Richard & Mary Codd Memorial Scholarship
Gary & Sharon Diamond CTE Scholarship
Deep Canyon Tennis Club Friends Veteran Student Scholarship
Desert Falls Members/Bunderson Memorial Scholarship
Dumont Foundation Scholarship
Dumont Foundation Scholarshio
Dr. Peter Dykema Music Scholarship
Edison International Scholarship
Edison International Scholarship
Endowment For Student Transfer Success Scholarship
Follett  Higher Education Scholarship
COD Foundation Scholarship
Michele Gaines Theatre Arts Scholarship
Diane Gershowitz Scholarship
Kathy Goff Music Education Scholarship
Dorothy Grant Scholarship
Skip Haynes Memorial Automotive Scholarship
Bruno Hirsch Memorial Scholarship
Ray House CVHS Scholarship Scholarship
Hyman & Mintz Family Foundation Fire Academy Assistance Fund
Lt. Thomas Jr.Keenan, Peace Officer Scholarship
Kinter Family Veterans Scholarship
Kozlen Family Fund Scholarship
Dr. William & Paula Kroonen Scholarship
Landon Family Veteran's Scholarship
Dr. Richard Lane Memorial  President's ABE Scholarship
MAAS Companies EISPRO Student Scholarship
Barry Manilow School For Music Majors Scholarship
Matthew Joseph Lingle Memorial Scholarship
Anonymous Math and Science Scholarship
Joseph McCaren (Freidman) Performing Arts Scholarship
Edgar McCoubrey Scholarship
Donna McLain Handicap/P.E. Scholarship
Herb Meinert Golf Scholarship
Kim R. Miltenberger Memorial
George Moore Ophelia Scholarship
Jon Pierre Morris Scholarship
Lenore Morris Scholarship
National League of American Pen Women Scholarship
Olaf J. Nordland Scholarship
Joyce Norton Art Scholarship
Chef Bob Norte Scholarship
Pacific Dining Scholarship
Noris Paul Scholarship
Palm Springs Historical Society Scholarship
Arnold Palmer Scholarship
Palms Garden Club Scholarship
PIHRA Scholarship
Bob and Mike Pollock Arts Scholarship
Joy Post Presidential Scholarship
Rotary, Palm Desert, Palms to Pines Scholarship
Judy Roth Scholarship
Rose & Robert Rothstein Scholarship
Barbara Wade Salm PS Chapter NOW Scholarship 
Scalzo/Chapman Athletic Scholarship
Grace Schallies PS Soroptimist Scholarship
Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Scholarship
Anne & Karen Scholl Foundation Scholarship
Barbara Seranella Palm Springs Writers Guild Scholarship
Al Shoopman Culinary Scholarship
Stephen Simonsen Memorial Scholarship
Mrs. Nell H. Smith Scholarship 
Solutions Kiosk Scholarship
Soroptimist of Idyllwild Scholarship
Ruth Stark Memorial Art Scholarship
Bob Storchheim Memorial Scholarship
Jackie K. Story Scholarship
Celeste K. Streutker Scholarship
Anonymous Student Scholarship
Sun City Palm Desert Democratic Club Scholarship
Marianne A Timmins Scholarship
University Club Scholarship
Veteran's Student Scholarship
Joseph Athletic Vierra Scholarship
Vinci/Moller Theatre Arts Scholarship
Thomas Walts Scholarship
Wells Fargo Accounting Scholarship
Wells Fargo Business Scholarship
Wells Fargo Theatre Arts Scholarship
Roy & Patricia Wilson Memorial Scholarship
Wind Turbine Tech Scholarship 
Charles Yates Scholarship
Della Yodelis Architecture Scholarship
Della Yodelis Computer Science Scholarship
Annexstad Family Foundation Veteran Students Scholarship 
Baker, Belva Nursing
Bannan, Charlie & Idell
Barker, Coeta & Donald, Fdn
Berger Fdn Nursing
COD Memorial for Nursing
Codd, Richard & Mary Memorial
Cresswell Family Nursing Scholarship
Epstein, Jean Memorial
Greenberg, Jack Memorial
Ketover, Drs. Terri & Bart Nursing Scholarship
Kozlen Family
LVN Nursing Scholarship  (Susan Eichberg)
Marich Sch. For Nursing Majors
McCarthy, Edeltraud Nursing
McGrath, Joann, Sch. for Nursing Students 
NCL Sustainers, Coachella Valley Chapter, Nursing Scholarship
Palm Desert/Indian Wells Womens Club
PEO Chapter WI
Pollom, Mike Memorial Nursing Scholarship
Pond, Lena, Nursing Scholarship
Rancho Mirage Women's Club
Thomason, Robert & Mary Jane, Help Scholarship 
Timmins, Marianne A 
Vairo, Nina Nursing
Wolper Emergency Scholarship
Yodelis, Della Nursing
REVISED 07/13/2016

For Information on all any of the giving opportunities found here, or if you have questions and would like to talk to someone at the Foundation, call 760-773-2561 or