College of the Desert students receive scholarships from Desert Healthcare District
Desert Healthcare District and CVEP’s Pathways to Success distributed scholarships to 33 deserving recipients at the third annual scholarship recipient open house at the Sinatra Auditorium at Desert Regional Medical Center.
Six College of the Desert students received $5000 two-year scholarships from the Healthcare District including Jose Alvarada, Guadalupe Placencia, Alexandra Prudinco, David Rodriguez, Jose Rodriguez and Rudy Valencia.
The complete list includes:
Desert Healthcare District Scholars (up to $2500 per year – 2 year Award)
Two COD students received renewal 2-Year Awards including Florence Lopeman and Franklin Toatley. Since 2009 Desert Healthcare District has provided over $500,000 to enhance the development of health careers and provide scholarships for local residents.
As part of the ten year, $21 million Coachella Valley initiative to enhance the college going rate, the College Access Foundation provides matching funds for local scholarship awards. This year well over a million dollars will be awarded by the partners.
Pictured: Jennifer Perry, RN, COD Alumnu, and Khoa Nguyen, COD Alumnus and UCR 2012 grad, are both former scholarship recipients and were on hand to offer words of inspiration to this year's awardees.
A coalition of Coachella Valley institutions and organizations led by the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) created the regional structure to link the award of scholarships and focused student success support for low income undergraduate students to a valley-wide effort that is creating a broad range of newly developing career pathways as a means of diversifying the local economy. This initiative links business, education, regional economic development and a variety of local non-profits under the unifying goal of improving college going rates and college success for our under-served youth.