Outside Scholarships

Scholarship checks sent to the College of the Desert Bursar's Office from outside organizations on behalf of students, require a minimum 6-8 week turnaround time to process the check(s) from the date the check is received.

All outside scholarship checks will be mailed to the address College of the Desert has on file. Please be sure to update your address if your address has changed to ensure you receive your scholarship in a timely manner.


California Kids Investment and Development Savings Program, CalKIDS gives children in California a jump start on saving for college. CalKIDS is a California state program that helps children save for college or career training after high school. CalKIDS was created to help as many California children prepare financially for a postsecondary education. For more information on CalKIDS and their program please visit CalKIDS the first step toward college

Have more questions about calKIDS, click on the Frequently Asked Questions link!  https://calkids.org/help-resources/frequently-asked-questions/

OneFuture Coachella Valley Scholarships

Since 2009, OneFuture Coachella Valley (OFCV) and their local partners have aligned and awarded more than $17 million in scholarships to more than 2,600 students. To apply for OFCV scholarships please visit the OneFuture website.

Carreon Foundation

  Since 1991 the Dr. Carreon Foundation has awarded more than $2million in          scholarships to over 1,000 Coachella Valley and Blythe students. To apply click on the GET STARTED NOW! link.

Inland Empire Community Foundation

The Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF) IECF awards a wide variety of scholarships, including general and field-specific scholarships for areas of study like civil engineering, nursing, special education, veterinary sciences, and more. To apply for scholarships with IECF, please visit the IECF website and click on "Scholarship Opportunities."

Following is a list of free scholarship search sites:

Outside Scholarship Opportunities from Departments within the College

Name Deadline Contact
Burton Book Fund for Foster Youth Ongoing EOPS/CARE office