Sunday, November 17, 2013

College of the Desert Scholarship

The COD Scholarship is now available.  The application is electronic and fairly easy to complete.  Don't miss out on this one.  There are about 50+ different awards available.  The deadline is March 02, 2014, BUT don't wait until the last minute.

Queen Scheherazade Scholarship

For the very first time, COD has a finalist for the Queen Scheherazade scholarship.  The candidate, a former student in the Scholarship Class is one of fourteen candidates to be selected for the final round.  She has the opportunity to win either Queen or  one of two Princess awards.  I believe the Queen wins $3,500 and each Princess wins $3,000.  Let's keep our fingers crossed for our candidate.

Soroptimist Scholarship

Soroptimist or the Women's Opportunity Award  has a December 15th deadline.  There are three scholarships available for approximately $1, 600.  These are cash awards which are not limited to paying for tuition.

You must be a woman who is financially responsible for either children, a disabled husband parents or other family members.

Girl Friend Factor Scholarship

The next deadline for the Girl Friend Factor is coming up.  I believe that the date is December 15th, but will confirm the date as soon as I am back on campus.  For now, prepare for the deadline as December 1st just to be on the safe side.

Please "google"  Go Girl Grants to access application information.  Remember that this application is specifically for women who are 25 years of age or older. They are a fabulous organization.

Monday, November 11, 2013

GreenPal Business Scholarship

DEADLINE:  February 28th 2014

Applications are to be submitted through the online application process.

Scholarship winner will be announced March 15th, 2014

Application open to any graduating high school senior, college freshman or sophomore who owns and operates his/her own small business, or has put together a business plan to start a business while in college.

Scholarship is $2,000 paid equally over (4) semesters.

  1. Graduating high school senior in 2014 or currently enrolled in a college of business with a 3.0 or higher GPA.
  2. Must demonstrate high ambition and desire to be entrepreneur or business owner.
  3. Must have a declared major in the college of Business.
  4. Funds must be used for full-time enrollment at  accredited nonprofit two or four-year colleges, universities, vocational or technical schools in the United States.  

Soroptimist Scholarship

Women's Opportunity Award  DEADLINE: December 15, 2013
This is a fabulous scholarship for women who are the main source of income for children, parents, and others who depend on them for support.

The awards range from $1,500 to $1,800 and the money is not limited to tuition and fees.  Our students have always been recipients of these scholarships.

Check with me if you need an application.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

College's Designated NOMINATOR

For students who are wanting to apply to the scholarships listed under the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, please note that you must be nominated by the college's designated nominator.  Please check with me for further information.

Eve-Marie Andrews, M.S.
Scholarship Advisor

Non-Member Scholarships under Phi Theta Kappa

The following scholarships were posted under the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society BUT are open to both members and NON-MEMBERS:

All-USA Community College Academic Team
Open to non-members
  • Be nominated by your college's designated nominator
  • Demonstrate outstanding academic achievement
  • Demonstrate significant campus and community engagement 
Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team
  • Open to non-members
  • Be nominated by college's designated nominator
  • Demonstrate significant campus and/or community leadership and service
Coca-Cola New Century Scholars
  • Open to non-members
  • Be a top-scoring student from one of the 50 United States, Canada or other sovereign nation where at least one Phi theta Chapter resides.
  • Be nominated by your college's designated nominator
All-State Community College Academic Team
  • Be nominated by your college's designated nominator
  • Reside in one of the 38 participating states

Attention Phi Theta Kappa COD Students

December 02, 2013  The fall scholarship applications close.  If you  need assistance with your application, please contact me in the Counseling Office (760 773-2503)

Coordinator for Scholarships
Eve-Marie Andrews

Hites Transfer Scholarship:
  • Must be Phi Theta Kappa member
  • Transfer full time to a senior institution in the next fall term
  • Demonstrate outstanding academic achievement

Guistwhite Scholarship
  • Must be Phi Theta Kappa member
  • Transfer to a senior institution in the next fall term
  • Demonstrate outstanding Phi Theta Kappa participation

GEICO Pathway to Completion Baccalaureate Scholarship
  • Must be Phi theta Kappa member
  • Must be a business major
  • Must apply for the Guistwhite Scholarship

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Cappex (Activ8 Scholarship)

DEADLINE: October 28, 2013
This scholarship is for Latino students who demonstrate financial need.  This scholarship is primarily aimed at first-year college students, however, undergraduate and graduate students are also encouraged to apply.  A 2.5 GPA is not required, but highly recommended.  This scholarship is focused on those students who are immigrants and of a lower socioeconomic status, but all Latino students are encouraged to apply.  Non-US citizens and undocumented students are eligible to apply.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Woman's Day Contest


Although scholarships are the major source of money for college, don't overlook the many opportunites for cash via magazine contests.
The September issue of Woman's Day has a 1st prize of $5,000, 2nd place of $500 American Express Gift Card and ten runner-up winners will receive $100 in American Cexpress Gift Cards.
OK, so this is what you need to do:
Then read the magazine and tell them what you liked and what you didn't like.  What topics do you wish they would cover?

Monday, August 26, 2013

Update on access for DWD scholarship application.

Go to and email Ingrid Pratt at or call her at 760 218 0377 to receive the application by email OR snail mail.

If you are on campus, you can pick up an application from me in Counseling.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Queen Scheherazade Scholarship Pageant 2014

Queen Scheherazade   $3,500
Princess Dunyazade    $3,000
Princess Jasmine         $3,000

Deadline:  October 09, 2013

Rules:  Girl must be at least 17 years of age by November 23, 2013 and not have reached the age of 22 by February 14, 2014.

Does not feature a talent or swimsuit competition.
  1. Must not have been a previous queen.
  2. 3.0 GPA
  3. You will need official transcripts so order one ASAP.
  4. You will need a birth certificate and/or a driver's license as legal proof of age.
  5. Proof of citizenship
  6. A color portrait photograph at least 5 x 7.
  7. An essay describing your interests and goals.

Access to DWD Scholarship

Here is the website for the Democratic Women's Scholarship application.

Since the above link is to request a snail mail version of the application, it might be faster to pick up a copy from me at my office in Counseling

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Margo's Scholarship

Margo's scholarship will be offered again this fall 2013. It is for $400 and open to all COD students.
The deadline is October 15, 2013.  Pick up a copy from me in my office (Counseling).

Democratic Women Scholarship

Sorry to say, I still don't have the link, but if you are on campus, I can make you a copy.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Democratic Women of the Desert Scholarships

I recently heard from the Democratic Women of the Desert with wonderful news.  This year they have increased their scholarships to five awards and the amount of each scholarship is $500.
Last year several of our students received awards of about $250.
This year the deadline is November 01, 2013 so don't delay completing your application.  Please return to this site tomorrow for access information. 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Packets for Letters of Recommendation

Your three packets requesting Letters of Recommendation should be ready to submit on Tuesday.  Some of you will need to make changes on the copy you submitted to me.  I will have the missing envelopes in class for those of you who made your request.

(Just in case, I will have some extra envelopes.)

Google Search

To My Class:

Via Google, type in your MAJOR. e.g. Scholarships for Nursing Majors.  Select at least one that fits you--doesn't matter if you have missed the deadline.  Print out a copy of the application and place in your folder tomorrow.

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Fashion Group International (Lady Golf)

To My Students:

This is the scholarship that I mentioned in class--my contact is Karen Cantrell, who is the owner of Lady Golf on Hwy. 111.

The Fashion Group International of the Palm Springs and Desert Communities is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for students in the Coachella Valley.

Scholarships range from $500 to $1500 for students who plan to pursue a career in fashion design, photography, architecture. interior design and floral design, beauty, art and many other creative and related fields.

To date the local chapter has provided over $200,000 in scholarships.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Graduating seniors and former graduates from high school/colleges in the Coachella Valley and the immediate vicinity.
  • Permanent residence in the Coachella Valley and immediate vicinity.
  • Evidence of scholarship achievement.
  • Evidence of plans to pursue an education and career in a fashion-related career.
  • Evidence of artistic talent, when applicable.

Please Google: The Fashion Group International 2013-2014 Scholarship application.

If you need additional information please contact: Karen Cantrell by email:

Thursday, June 20, 2013


Really critical that everyone have their portfolios today.  We will be reviewing the process of completing them and using them.  We don't have time to spare--we now only have five weeks left.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

UCLA - $1,000 Scholarships (Neil Armstrong Scholarship)

DEADLINE:  Sunday, June 30, 2013

Applications from MEN who are  incoming freshmen and incoming transfer students are now being accepted for the next series of individual $1,000 scholarships to be awarded during the week of October 7, 2013.

Applications should be submitted online using

If you need further assistance with the online application, send an email marked urgent to or call or text Stephen M. Youts (714) 313-4845 (cellphone or text). Write "scholarships" in the subject bar and include your preferred email return address and a telephone contact.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Scholarship Portfolio

Remember that Thursday is the deadline for your Scholarship Portfolio.  Please bring it to class on this coming Thursday.  See you in class.

Sunday, June 16, 2013


Welcome to the very first SUMMER SCHOLARSHIP CLASS!!  In the next six weeks, we have a lot of work to do, but, with luck and all of your new knowledge about the scholarship process, you will start earning money to continue your education.

With the discontinuation of student loans at the College of the Desert,  finding scholarships is more critical than ever.  If you are committed to getting a FREE education, you must take this class seriously.  I'll provide you with the tools that you need, but the rest is up to you.  A number of my students have earned a Bachelor's Degree with very little out-of-pocket money.  In fact, last year a student received a $25.00 refund.  Not bad???

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Girl Friend Factor

Are you a woman over 25 years old who is seeking money for college?

Check out Go Girl Grants.  The deadline for the Girl Friend Factor scholarship is June 16, 2013.

This is a fabulous organization of women helping women--many of our students have benefitted.  Apply now.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Desert Outreach Deadline

March 29th is deadline for the Desert Outreach Scholarship.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Indian Wells Rotary/CVEP Pathways Scholarship

DEADLINE: March 18, 2013

  • Permanent resident of Coachella Valley for past three years.
  • Attended a CA high school for past three years & and be a graduate of a Coachella Valley high school.
  • Must apply for FAFSA
  • Pursuing 1st bachelors or associates degree at an accredited college in the U.S.
  • GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  • Enrolled full time and maintain full time enrollment.
  • Preference will be given to students who have had previous involvement in college preparation, community leadership, career pathway programs and first generation to attend college.
HURRY!!  You only have three days.

Don't forget the Outreach Scholarship

The Desert Outreach Scholarship deadline is March 29th.  This is a really good scholarship which many of our students have won.  Scholarship award amounts will range between $1300 and $1500.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Extension on Pathways Scholarship

The deadline for Pathways has been extended until tomorrow, March 6th.

To My Monday/Wednesday Class

Class will be cancelled tomorrow due to my needing to participate in the High School Counselors Conference.

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.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarships

Graduating, College-Bound High School Seniors

Deadline: January 10, 2013

Each year, the program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years--up to $40,000 total per recipient.  Awards are for undergraduate study only and may be used for educational-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room and board.  In addition, scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Burger King Scholarships

For graduating high school seniors who are college bound.

Deadline:  January 10, 2013
Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000 and are intended to help students offset the cost of attending college or post secondary vocation/technical school.  recipients are selected based on their grade point average, work experience, extracurricular activities and/or community service.

Eligibility:  (Burger King--General Track)
  • Be living in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico
  • Be graduating high school seniors (U.S. and Puerto Rico), graduating from grade 12 (Canada) or graduating from home school education in U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada
  • Have GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Plan to enroll full-time, without interruption, for the entire 2013-14 academic year at an accredited two or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico

(Burger King employees will follow different requirements--check with your employer.)